The LSU gymnastics team checked in at No. 12 in the 2012 GymInfo Preseason Coaches poll released Thursday.

It is the second straight season LSU earned the preseason No. 12 ranking and marks the 15th straight year that LSU has been ranked in the top 15 in the preseason poll.

The Tigers, who finished at No. 20 in the final standings last season, return a veteran club, and will be led by All-America selections Ashley Lee and Kaleigh Dickson, with Sarie Morrison earning all-Southeastern Conference honors.

LSU will face a challenging schedule in 2012, including home meets against No. 2 Alabama, No. 17 Auburn and No. 23 Kentucky. The Tigers will compete on the road at No. 3 Florida, No. 9 Georgia, No. 11 Arkansas, No. 16 Washington and 25th-ranked Iowa.

Season tickets are on sale now, and tickets can be purchased by calling the LSU Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184 or by visiting www.LSUtix.net. Season tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth ages 3-12.

UCLA is ranked No. 1 with 932 points and eight first-place votes, while defending national champion Alabama is No. 2 with 926 points and 17 first-place votes. Florida is third with 903 points and eight first-place votes, followed by Oklahoma at No. 4 with 879 points and two first-place votes and Utah at No. 5 with 806 points and one first-place vote.

Nebraska is No. 6, followed by Oregon State, Stanford, Georgia and Michigan to round out the top 10.

All seven Southeastern Conference squads are ranked in the preseason top 25 for the second consecutive season.

Preseason poll

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

1. UCLA 932 (8); 2. Alabama 926 (17); 3. Florida 903 (8); 4. Oklahoma 879 (2); 5. Utah 806 (1); 6. Nebraska 741; 7. Oregon State 725 (1); 8. Stanford 702 (1); 9. Georgia 687; 10. Michigan 641 (2); 11. Arkansas 617; 12. LSU 539; 13. Penn State 496; 14. Boise State 449; 15. Illinois 371; 16. Washington 343; 17. Auburn 324; 18. Ohio State 246; 19. Arizona 233; 20. Denver 214; 21. Kent State 202; 22. Minnesota 154; 23. Kentucky 144; 24. Iowa State 122; 25. Iowa 120.

Others receiving votes:

Missouri, Central Michigan, North Carolina State, Arizona State, Southern Utah, West Virginia, North Carolina, BYU, Western Michigan, Michigan State, Utah State, Illinois State, New Hampshire, Maryland, San Jose State, Pittsburgh, California, UIC, Northern Illinois, Rutgers.