Dec. 7, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's gymnastics program is ranked 12th in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, receiving 421 points from voters.
The Wolverines placed second among Big Ten programs, one spot below No. 11 Penn State but ahead of No. 13 Illinois, No. 18 Ohio State, No. 22 Minnesota and No. 24 Michigan State. Iowa received votes, listing at No. 29.
The Wolverines are three-time defending Big Ten champions, winning 16 of the last 18 Big Ten titles and 17 trophies in all -- the most of any Big Ten women's program in any sport. Michigan won the 2009 Big Ten title in Champaign, Ill., advancing to the program's 18th straight NCAA Regional.
Five-time defending national champion Georgia was picked first in the preseason poll, with Utah, Alabama, Florida and UCLA rounding out the top five. Michigan will face nine top-25 programs during the regular season, facing No. 1 Georgia on March 20, No. 2 Utah on Feb. 19, No. 3 Alabama on March 19, No. 11 Penn State on March 7, No. 15 Nebraska on Jan. 24, No. 21 West Virginia on Feb. 5, No. 22 Minnesota on Feb. 13, No. 23 Iowa State on Feb. 5, and No. 24 Michigan State on Jan. 20.
Michigan hosts its annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Saturday (Dec. 12) at 7 p.m. at Crisler Arena. Admission to the event is free.
GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll
1 Georgia 2 Utah 3 Alabama 4 Florida 5 UCLA 6 LSU 7 Stanford 8 Arkansas 9 Oklahoma 10 Oregon State 11 Penn State 12 Michigan 13 Illinois 14 Auburn 15 Nebraska 16 Missouri 17 Denver 18 Ohio State 19 Boise State 20 Arizona 21 West Virginia 22 Minnesota 23 Iowa State 24 Michigan State 25 Washington
Kent State, Kentucky, Arizona State, Iowa, NC State, North Carolina, Central Michigan, Southern Utah, Western Michigan, BYU, New Hampshire, San Jose State, UIC.