Jan. 23, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Coming off a win at the Penn State Quad Meet on Saturday, the Alabama gymnastics team is ranked sixth nationally this week while junior Ashley Sledge jumped one spot in the vault rankings, landing at No. 1.
Arkansas and UCLA are tied for No. 1 in the team rankings, followed by No. 3 Utah, No. 4 Nebraska and No. 5 Oklahoma. Following the Tide at No. 6 is Georgia in seventh and Florida in eighth. Penn State, who hosted Alabama's first road meet of the season last Saturday, is at No. 9 while Oregon State rounds out the top-10. The Tide's next opponent, Auburn, checks in at No. 16.
Alabama is ranked second in the vault, seventh in floor exercise, 10th in the balance beam and 12th in the uneven bars.
In addition to being No. 1 on the vault, Sledge is ranked tenth in the all-around. Senior Geralen Stack-Eaton, who was ranked No. 1 a week ago, is second on the vault this week while junior Marissa Gutierrez and sophomore Diandra Milliner are 14th and 19th respectively on the vault. Senior Ashley Priess is ranked ninth on the uneven bars.
Alabama travels to Auburn this weekend to face its in-state foe at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 27. The Tide's next home meet is Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum against the Florida Gators. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) and online at RollTide.com.