Gymnastics No. 5 Nationally by Regional Qualifying Score

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alabama is ranked second on the vault this week.
Alabama is ranked second on the vault this week.

Feb. 27, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama gymnastics team is ranked fifth in the nation this week as they prepare to travel to Norman, Okla., to take on No. 2 Oklahoma this Friday at 7:00 p.m.

This week's rankings are the first determined by a team's regional qualifying score (RQS). The RQS is calculated by taking a team's top three road scores, its next three highest scores, home or away, dropping the high score and averaging the remaining five. After posting its highest road score of the season at LSU last Friday, with a 197.025, Alabama's RQS jumped two-tenths to 196.730.

Florida maintained its No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive week, while Oklahoma stayed at No. 2. UCLA jumped three spots to No. 3 while Georgia fell to No. 4. Following Alabama is No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Utah and No. 8 Arkansas. Oregon State fell one spot to No. 9 and LSU, coming off a loss to the Tide, moved to No. 10 this week.

The Tide dipped to No. 2 on the vault this week, and is ranked fifth on both the balance beam and the floor exercise. Alabama is also ranked eighth on the uneven bars.

Senior Ashley Priess is seventh on the balance beam and 10th on the uneven bars this week. Joining Priess in the balance beam rankings is sophomore Kim Jacob at No. 19. In the vault rankings, junior Marissa Gutierrez is 11th, while sophomore Diandra Milliner and junior Ashley Sledge are tied for 14th.

After facing Oklahoma on the road this Friday, the Tide returns home Friday, March 9 when it takes on Missouri starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262), located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, or online at