COLUMBIA, Mo. - Last Thursday, the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches released their preseason poll. The initial set of rankings once again shows the prowess of the SEC Women's Gymnastics programs, as seven schools cracked the Top-25. In fact, three of the top five teams lie within the SEC (No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama and No. 5 LSU).
Under the direction of new head coach Shannon Welker, the Missouri Tigers also received some recognition in the first coaches' poll. The Tigers fell in the "other teams receiving votes" category, falling just out of the initial Top-25 list.
The preseason No. 1 Florida Gators, received 21-of-31 first place votes possible and will look to repeat as National Champions this upcoming season. Missouri will host Florida at the Hearnes Center this year, with the Gators traveling to Columbia, Mo. on Mar. 14. The meet is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CT start.
This year's regular season opener will provide an instant challenge for the Tigers. On Jan. 10, Missouri hits the road to take on No. 2 Alabama with the meet beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Tigers' and Crimson Tide's meet in Tuscaloosa, Al. will be televised on Fox Sports Net.
Missouri's non-conference schedule will also bring some quality opponents to the table. Similar to the Tigers, North Carolina State and George Washington also received votes in the 2014 preseason poll. Missouri will compete against North Carolina State at Raleigh, N.C. on Feb. 1, while they will host George Washington at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 21.
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