Monday, February 02, 2004
The Alabama Gymnastics team, fresh off producing the nation’s best score of the season, bettered its grip on its No. 1 rankings.
The rankings are determined by overall season average. Alabama is the only team to average a 197 on the season and stands four-tenths better than No. 2 Georgia, having increased its lead by over a tenth from last week.
Alabama used a best in the nation 197.925 to beat then No. 4 Florida last Friday. Florida fell to No. 6 in the latest rankings. Defending NCAA Champion UCLA climbs to No. 3 this week while Utah falls one spot to No. 4. Iowa State sneaks into the top-5 at No. 5. In order, Stanford, Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, round out the top-10.
Alabama also remains the nation’s No. 1 ranked floor exercise team, moves up to second on the vault and stands at fourth and fifth respectively on the uneven bars and balance beam.
Freshman Ashley Miles is ranked No. 1 on the floor exercise and No. 5 on the vault. Miles scored a perfect 10.0 on the vault against Florida.
Senior Jeana Rice parlayed a season high 39.7 in the all-around against Florida into a No. 15 national ranking after sitting at No. 23 last week. Rice is third on the floor exercise, fourth on the uneven bars and 13th on the vault. Junior Alexis Brion is eighth on the floor exercise and 20th on the vault while freshman Brittany Comeaux is 11th on the uneven bars.
Alabama faces No. 16 Auburn this Friday (Feb. 6) in Auburn at 7 p.m.