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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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Saturday, Apr 02
vs. NCAA Regionals
Salt Lake City, UT
2nd, 196,375
Friday, Apr 15
vs. NCAA Team Semifinals
Fort Worth, TX
3rd, 196.700
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. NCAA Super Six
Fort Worth, TX
5th, 196.825