Kentucky Gymnastics Begins Season on West Coast
By Jacob Most
Jan. 5, 2013 -
BERKELEY, Calif. – Four teams from the nation’s top-two gymnastics conferences will face off to start the 2013 season when Kentucky travels to Northern California on Sunday.
The Wildcats enter 2013 with a No. 25 preseason ranking, marking the third-straight season the Wildcats begin the season ranked inside the top 25. Kentucky is also inside the preseason top-25 for the sixth time in the last seven years.
Newcomers Marissa Beucler, Jill Chappel, Tiara Phipps, Shannon Reynolds, Amy Roemmele and Montana Whittle will look to strengthen a team that built a strong foundation in Garrison’s first season at UK.
With so much experience returning to the lineup plus the addition of talented newcomers on each event there has been a healthy excitement inside the gym in recent weeks. That enthusiasm has all been in anticipation of a new season.
The Wildcats will face a challenging slate in 2013, including home meets against four ranked opponents and traveling to face five more elite teams in dual meets. All eight Southeastern Conference programs are ranked in the preseason poll.
The Wildcats defeated Auburn last season in Lexington, and are 28-34 all-time against the Tigers. Kentucky edged Arizona in the most recent meeting between Wildcats, a tri meet, but Arizona owns a 10-1 record against UK all-time. The Wildcats are 1-0 all-time against Cal as UK edged the Golden Bears at the 1999 UCLA Invitational.
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