Gymnastics Ranked Fourth Nationally
March 5, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama gymnastics team is ranked fourth in the nation this week as they return home to face No. 14 Missouri Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
This week's rankings, determined by the regional qualifying score, find Florida and Oklahoma sitting in first and second respectively for the third week in a row. UCLA stayed at No. 3, while Alabama moved up one spot to No. 4 after posting the nation's top road score last week against the Sooners. Georgia fell a spot to No. 5, followed by No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Utah, and No. 8 Arkansas. Oregon State and LSU are tied for No. 9 to round out the top-ten.
The Tide is No. 2 on the vault again this week, but moved up two spots to third on the floor exercise. Alabama is ranked fifth on the balance beam and eighth on the uneven bars.
Individually, senior Ashley Priess is ninth on the balance beam and 12th on the uneven bars this week. Joining Priess in the uneven bars rankings is senior Geralen Stack-Eaton at No. 20. Sophomore Kim Jacob joins Priess in the balance beam rankings, coming in at No. 22.
Four Alabama vaulters are tied for 17th this week, including Stack-Eaton, junior Ashley Sledge, sophomore Diandra Milliner and junior Marissa Gutierrez. Gutierrez is also ranked 22nd on the floor exercise.
After back-to-back weeks on the road, Alabama returns home this Friday, when it will face Missouri in the Tide's Tornado Relief Meet in Coleman Coliseum. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.