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Missouri gymnastics team ranked preseason No. 21

The Missouri Tigers head into the season ranked No. 21 and are joined in the top 25 by nine of their opponents this season.

The Missouri Tigers gymnastics team is ranked No. 21 in the GymInfo Preseason Women's Gymnastics Poll heading into its 2013 campaign.

Missouri is joined in the rankings by three of its upcoming opponents in the top 10 and nine in the top 25. In its first two competitions, the Tigers will be tested immediately against No. 1 Alabama to kick-off the season and No. 3 Florida a week later.

The schedule doesn't get much easier with another difficult stretch, beginning with meetings with No. 13 Auburn and No. 8 LSU before a showdown with No. 25 Kentucky, followed by competitions against No. 11 Georgia and No. 12 Arkansas.

Last season, the Tigers reached the NCAA Regional Championship, where they finished in fourth place with a total team score of 195.450.

Before opening of the year against Alabama, Missouri will hold its annual Black & Gold Intrasquad meet on Dec. 9.