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*** Gymnastics moves up to No. 4 in rankings

  • Chris Walsh

    Here's the top 10:

    Rank Team Name Team RQS Region Conference Division Ave High
    1 Oklahoma 197.570 SC Big 12 1 197.386 198.375
    2 Florida 197.440 SE SEC 1 197.386 198.425
    3 Michigan 197.175 NE Big 10 1 197.035 197.550
    4 Alabama 197.125 C SEC 1 196.994 197.725
    5 L.S.U. 197.055 C SEC 1 196.708 197.500
    6 Georgia 196.985 SE SEC 1 196.568 197.650
    7 Utah 196.940 NC PAC 12 1 196.633 197.300
    8 UCLA 196.905 W PAC 12 1 196.728 197.425
    9 Oregon State 196.790 W PAC 12 1 196.220 197.275
    10 Stanford 196.590 W PAC 12 1 196.339 197.275

    Alabama hosts No. 1 Okahoma to wrap up the regular season on Friday.

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  • Do we have a chance to "three peat" this year? Thoughts?

  • This could be a FB national ranking.Particularly the number of teams from the SEC and who they are.
    I'll bet FB generates some funds which help finance strong efforts in gymnastics which gives a direct correlation it seems to me.

  • Chris Walsh

    Here's the release:

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama gymnastics team is fourth in this week’s national rankings after posting a season-best score of 197.725 to beat LSU last Friday in Baton Rouge. The Crimson Tide will face newly crowned No. 1 Oklahoma to close out the regular season this Friday in Coleman Coliseum.

    Rankings are calculated by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) at this point in the season. The formula takes a team's top three road scores and its next three highest scores, home or away. It then drops the high score and averages the remaining five.

    Oklahoma jumped idle Florida to reclaim the top spot, leaving the Gators at No 2. Michigan retained its third-place ranking for the seventh-consecutive week, while LSU dropped to No. 5 after falling to the Tide.

    Alabama’s team total in Baton Rouge is the highest road score in the nation this season and the second highest in the nation last week, just behind Oklahoma’s 197.875 against Arizona on Friday.

    After posting its highest road score of the season on the balance beam, the Tide moves up to claim the No. 2 spot nationally. Alabama is ranked third on the floor exercise, fourth on the vault and sixth on the uneven bars.

    Junior Kim Jacob, ranked 16th in the all-around, moved up to No. 4 on the floor exercise and No. 9 on the balance beam, after tying or exceeding her season-high scores on both events last week.

    Senior Ashley Priess moved up to claim the No. 13 spot on balance beam, following her 9.950 against LSU, which tied her career-best. Junior Diandra Milliner is 13th and senior Marissa Gutierrez is 23rd on the vault this week.

    Milliner also moved up to No. 12 on the floor exercise, after posting her third consecutive score of a 9.9 or better last week. Junior Sarah DeMeo is ranked 17th on the uneven bars, while senior Ashley Sledge moved up to claim No. 25.

    Alabama closes out its regular season this Friday in Coleman Coliseum against the top-ranked Sooners. The Tide will recognize Becca Alexin, Gutierrez, Sledge and Priess in Senior Night ceremonies prior to the competition. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.

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