Florida Gators gymnastics starts out season at #2

Special report on the Florida Gators gymnastics team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The preseason poll is out and the Gator gymnastics team starts the 2018 season at No. 2. The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches released the preseason poll today.

This is Florida’s 12th consecutive year opening a season in a top-five position (2007: 3rd; 2008: 2nd; 2009: 3rd; 2010: 4th; 2011: 3rd; 2012: 3rd, 2013: 3rd; 2014: 1st, 2015: 1st, 2016: 2nd, 2017: 5th; 2018: 2nd).

Two-time defending NCAA champion Oklahoma opens 2018 at the top of the preseason poll. Louisiana State, Alabama and Utah round out the top five.

Florida faces nine opponents among the top 20, including home dates versus the other three teams making up the preseason top four. Florida’s home action opens Jan. 12 versus No. 3 Louisiana State, followed by home meets with No. 1 Oklahoma (Jan. 26) and No. 4 Alabama (Feb. 9). All five home meets include a preseason top-20 team as No. 19 Arkansas visits on Feb. 23 for the Gators Link to Pink meet and home action closes on March 9 with No. 9 Nebraska.

In 2017:
Last year, the Gators took third in the NCAA Super Six team final. It was Florida’s sixth consecutive national finish among the nation’s top four.

Florida returns five who have earned 21 All-America honors in NCAA competition – Kennedy Baker, Alicia Boren, Amelia Hundley, Alex McMurtry and Rachel Slocum. McMurtry is the defending NCAA all-around champion and shared the 2017 NCAA uneven bars title.

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Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.