In a polling of the Pac-12 Conference's eight head women's gymnastics coaches, Arizona was picked as No. 6 within the conference to begin the season, the Pac-12 has announced.
The Arizona team, currently ranked No. 19 in the nation, received 19 points in the poll, directly behind Washington at with 24 points, and ranked No. 16 nationally. The Wildcats also ranked ahead of Arizona State and California, both receiving 11 points.
Arizona is set to start the season Jan. 6 in the Cancun Classic in Cancun, Mexico.
UCLA, currently ranked first in the nation, was picked as top for the conference, with 48 points and six first place votes.
In second was Utah, with 43 points, two first place votes and a national No. 5 ranking.
Boasting a No. 7 ranking, Oregon State is predicted to take third in the conference after earning 38 points. Also in the top ten nationally is No. 8 Stanford who slotted the fourth position in the conference with 30 points.
Also this month, head coach Bill Ryden announced the names of four athletes who will join the during the summer of 2012. They are: Shelby Edwards, a Level 10 athlete who was the Arizona Gymnast of the year in 2009; Lexi Mills Lexi, also a Level 10 athlete and a former J.O. National Champion on beam; Jessie Sisler, a multi-x J.O. National Qualifier who has multiple state and regional championships; and Christina Wood, a member of the Desert Devil's