UCLA Gymnastics - 4th in Preseason Poll; 1st in Pac-12

The pre-season polls are out, which, as we all know, really mean nothing in the long run. While it might have some effect in football and basketball as you jockey for position during the season in regards to bowl games and tourney seeding, in gymnastics you are selected to advance to regionals based on your cumulative scores for the season.

In the preseason coaches poll, UCLA comes in at number 4, behind reigning national champ Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma, and received 1 first place vote, which is interesting. All 8 Pac-12 teams that field a gymnastics team is ranked in the top 25, which shows how deep the Pac-12 is and how competitive this season will be (suck it SEC.)

2014 Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Florida - 755 points (21 first-place votes)
2. Alabama - 739
3. Oklahoma - 728 (7)
4. UCLA - 648 (1)
5. LSU - 636
6. Utah - 596 (2)
7. Michigan - 570
8. Georgia - 552
9. Stanford - 508
10. Nebraska - 472
11. Arkansas - 440
12. Oregon State - 438
13. Auburn - 426
14. Minnesota - 360
15. Penn State - 251
16. Illinois-Champaign - 236
17. Arizona - 224
18. Denver - 220
19. Ohio State - 209
20. Washington - 201
21. Kentucky - 198
22. California - 152
23. Boise State - 135
24. Maryland - 103
25. Arizona State - 74

UCLA was picked to win the Pac-12 in the preseason Pac-12 coaches poll, receiving 5 of the first place votes, and Utah picking up the other 3. Stanford was picked to finish third. This pretty much mirrors how last year finished out if I recall correctly, and keeps up the traditional pecking order in the Pac-12.

1. UCLA (5 first-place votes), 46 points
2. Utah (3), 45
3. Stanford, 37
4. Oregon State, 31
5. Arizona, 22
6. Washington, 18
7. California, 17
8. Arizona State, 8

In a fun bit of video, it's time to get excited for the return of Sam Peszek, especially if she can keep vaulting like this - it looks like her achilles will not be a problem!

Go Bruins!

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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