Broncos Ranked 18th in Pre-Season Coaches' Poll

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State gymnastics team earned their highest pre-season ranking ever on Wednesday (Dec. 1) when they were voted No. 18 in the nation in the GymInfo 2011 Pre-Season Coaches' Poll. The poll is based on the votes from each of the coaches the NCAA Division I gymnastics institutions.

The pre-season ranking is the highest-ever by a Bronco gymnastics team after earning three No. 19 rankings, one No. 21 ranking and two No. 25 rankings since 1997.

Although it is the team's highest pre-season ranking, the Broncos dropped one spot from their final 2010 ranking of No. 17. Boise State is joined by Southern Utah (No. 20) as the only two Western Athletic Conference teams in the top-25. Utah State and San Jose State both sit inside the 'others receiving votes' category.

The Broncos have four 2011 opponents within the top-25 on their schedule this coming season. On Jan. 15 the Broncos head to No. 21 Washington, then on Jan. 21 Boise State travels to No. 2 Alabama, backing up to the following weekend (Jan. 28) when they travel to No. 19 Arizona. On Mar. 4 the Broncos host No. 20 Southern Utah, while they also take on USU, SJUS and Illinois State (others receiving votes) during the season.

UCLA earned the top spot on the top-25 chart, while Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma and Utah rounded out the top-5. The Bruins earned 32 first-place votes, while Alamaba and Florida each earned three, Oklahoma earned two, and Utah and Stanford each earned one first-place vote.

To view the full poll, go to: http://www.troester.com/gym/WRankings/2011/WPreseason.htm

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