Jan. 28, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama gymnastics team retained its No. 5 national ranking this week after beating the Kentucky Wildcats Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,075, the largest attendance in the NCAA this season.
Florida jumped to the top spot in this week's rankings followed by Oklahoma, Michigan and UCLA. The Crimson Tide will take on the Gators, Sooners and Bruins in the coming weeks, with Oklahoma and UCLA closing out Alabama's regular-season home schedule.
Alabama's next opponent is No. 8 Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum in the Tide's only Saturday meet of the regular season. Alabama is third on the uneven bars, sixth on the vault, eighth on the balance beam and ninth on the floor exercise.
Junior Kim Jacob is ranked 14th in the all-around, fifth on the floor exercise and 23rd on the balance beam after posting a career-best 9.925 on the floor exercise against Kentucky. Junior Diandra Milliner is seventh on the vault. Senior Ashley Priess checks in at seventh while junior Sarah DeMeo and senior Ashley Sledge are tied for 13th on the uneven bars.
The Tide is on the road for the next two weeks, taking on No. 8 Georgia in Athens this Saturday before traveling to Gainesville, Fla. to take on No. 1 Florida on Feb. 8. The following week sees Alabama back in Tuscaloosa, facing off against in-state rival Auburn on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.