March 8, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Gymnastics team remains the No. 1 team in the nation this week thanks to its fifth 197-plus score of the season, a 197.275 at No. 2 Oklahoma last Friday. The Crimson Tide became the first team in the nation to break the 197 mark for its regional qualifying score with a 197.155 this week.
The regional qualifying score formula takes a team's top three road scores and its next three highest scores, drops the high mark and averages the remaining five. Oklahoma is more than two-tenths of a point behind the Tide in the rankings with a 196.920 RQS followed closely by No. 3 UCLA's 196.900. Florida and Georgia round out the top five. The Southeastern Conference remains dominant in this week's rankings, with three teams in the top five, five in the top 10 and all seven in the top 20.
Alabama is also the nation's No. 1 ranked team on the vault and is second on the uneven bars and floor exercise and third on the balance beam.
Individually six UA gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 in at least one event. Senior Morgan Dennis, sophomore Ashley Priess and senior Ricki Lebegern are all ranked in the top 25 in the all-around with Dennis at No. 5, Priess at No. 9 and Lebegern at No. 24. Dennis moved to No. 1 on the floor exercise and is also seventh on the vault and 17th on the balance beam this week. Priess is seventh on both the uneven bars and balance beam and 22nd on the floor exercise. Lebegern is also ranked 14th on the vault.
Sophomore Geralen Stack-Eaton is 11th on the vault and 16th on the uneven bars while junior Kayla Hoffman is 14th on the uneven bars and 19th on the vault. Senior Kassi Price is 10th on the uneven bars.
Alabama has this weekend off from competition and returns to action Friday, March 19 for its regular season and home finale against No. 12 Michigan. It will be Senior Night in Coleman Coliseum with the meet getting underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) and online at RollTide.com.