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Oklahoma, Iowa State Earn Spots in Preseason Poll
December 02, 2011
Two of the Big 12's three gymnastics squads have earned top 25 spots in the GymInfo Women's Preseason Coaches Poll.

Oklahoma leads the teams with a No. 4 ranking, matching the program's highest preseason standing. The Sooners were ranked No. 4 in the 2011 preseason poll. OU has started the season ranked in the top 10 for seven straight years and the top 25 for 12 consecutive years. In 2011, the Sooners recorded their second straight top three finish at the NCAA Super Six Team Finals.

Iowa State picks up right where they left off last season, checking in at No. 24. The Cyclones return Michelle Browning who earned 2011 Big 12 Gymnast of the Year accolades, along with Michelle Shealy who was named the league's Newcomer of the Year. Shealy qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the all-around last season.

Missouri was one of 21 teams who received votes, placing them at 26th. Returning for the Tigers is Big 12 All-Around Champion Mary Burke. Twelve of the 14 competitors MU faces this year are ranked in the top 25.

The Big 12 gymnastics season kicks off Jan. 7, 2012.

2011 GymInfo Women's Preseason Coaches Poll

2. Alabama
3. Florida
5. Utah
6. Nebraska
7. Oregon State
8. Stanford
9. Georgia
10. Michigan
11. Arkansas
12. LSU
13. Penn State
14. Boise State
15. Illinois
16. Washington
17. Auburn
18. Ohio State
19. Arizona
20. Denver
21. Kent State
22. Minnesota
23. Kentucky
25. Iowa

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