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UCLA Voted No. 1 in Pac-12 Preseason Gymnastics Coaches Poll
By: UCLA Athletics
For the third-straight year, the UCLA gymnastics team was picked as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 in a polling of the Conference's eight coaches. The Bruins received 46 points and five first-place votes to edge out Utah, which had 45 points and three first-place votes.

Stanford was picked to finish third with 37 points, followed by Oregon State (31), Arizona (22), Washington (18), California (17) and Arizona State (8). All eight Pac-12 teams are ranked in the national preseason coaches Top 25, with UCLA leading the way at No. 4.

The Bruins return All-Americans Olivia Courtney, Sophina DeJesus, Danusia Francis, Samantha Peszek and Sydney Sawa for 2014.

This is the third year of the preseason coaches poll, with UCLA claiming the top spot in the preseason poll each year. The 2014 season is set to begin Sunday, Jan. 5. The Bruins' season opener is Saturday, Jan. 11 against top-ranked Florida in Pauley Pavilion.

Pac-12 Gymnastics will be featured 16 times on the Pac-12 Networks. UCLA will be featured in seven of those meets, including the Bruins' first six of the season. For a full schedule of televised Pac-12 events, visit

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

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Sunday, Dec 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Meet the Bruins
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alabama
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 4:00 PM PST
at Florida
Gainesville, FL
Saturday, Jan 23 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Monday, Feb 01 - 7:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 06 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 1:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA