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This is the first time since 2005 Cal was selected as a top 25 program
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Cal Ranked No. 22 in Preseason Poll
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Release:  12/12/2013

BERKELEY – For the first time since 2005, the University of California women’s gymnastics team has been selected a top 25 program in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll. The Golden Bears check in at No. 22, up six spots from their No. 28 final ranking for the 2013 season.

Florida tops the list with 21 first-place votes, followed by Alabama and Oklahoma.

The Bears will face eight teams ranked in the top 25 during the 2014 regular season, including two top 10 opponents in UCLA, (No. 4) Utah (6) and Stanford (9). Three other Pac-12 schools made the cut – Oregon State (12), Washington (20) and Arizona State (25). Cal’s non-conference matchups include jaunts against No. 18 Denver and No. 21 Kentucky.

This is just the third time since 1996 that the Bears have been ranked in the top 25 in the preseason. Cal was ranked No. 25 in 2005 and No. 21 in 2004.

Cal’s 2014 squad continues under the direction of Pac-12 and NACGC West Region Coach of the Year Justin Howell, and includes Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Serena Leong and top all-arounder Alicia Asturias, as well as eight newcomers including senior international elite gymnast Jessica Howe and 2011 JO National Team member Isabelle Castillo, plus Emily Richardson, Dana Ho, Charlie Owens, Zoe Draghi, Amber Takara and Desiree Palomares.

Tickets for all regular-season home meets will be available for purchase at the ticket office on Spieker Plaza the day of the meet, beginning approximately one hour before the start of each meet and through the end of the second rotation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (12th grade and under) and seniors (age 65 and above). Membership for the popular Cub Club, which allows youth special perks such as an exclusive seating area and member t-shirt, will also be available for purchase.

2014 GymInfo Pre-Season Coaches Poll

Rank

Team

Points

First Place Votes

vs. Cal Meet Date

1

Florida

755

21

 

2

Alabama

739

0

 

3

Oklahoma

728

7

 

4

UCLA

648

1

Friday, Jan. 31 at Haas Pavilion

5

L.S.U.

636

0

 

6

Utah

596

2

 Friday, Jan. 17 at Haas Pavilion

7

Michigan

570

0

 

8

Georgia

552

0

 

9

Stanford

508

0

Monday, March 3 at Stanford

10

Nebraska

472

0

 

11

Arkansas

440

0

 

12

Oregon State

438

0

Saturday, Feb. 8 at Oregon State

13

Auburn

426

0

 

14

Minnesota

360

0

 

15

Penn State

251

0

 

16

Illinois-Champaign

236

0

 

17

Arizona

224

0

 

18

Denver

220

0

Saturday, Jan. 11 at Denver

19

Ohio State

209

0

 

20

Washington

201

0

Saturday, Feb. 22 at Haas Pavilion

21

Kentucky

198

0

Friday, March 7 at Kentucky

22

California

152

0

 

23

Boise State

135

0

 

24

Maryland

103

0

 

25

Arizona State

74

0

 Friday, Jan. 24 at Arizona State


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