March 11, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama gymnastics team is fourth in this week's national rankings after posting a season-best score of 197.725 to beat LSU last Friday in Baton Rouge. The Crimson Tide will face newly crowned No. 1 Oklahoma to close out the regular season this Friday in Coleman Coliseum.
Rankings are calculated by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) at this point in the season. The formula takes a team's top three road scores and its next three highest scores, home or away. It then drops the high score and averages the remaining five.
Oklahoma jumped idle Florida to reclaim the top spot, leaving the Gators at No 2. Michigan retained its third-place ranking for the seventh-consecutive week, while LSU dropped to No. 5 after falling to the Tide.
Alabama's team total in Baton Rouge is the highest road score in the nation this season and the second highest in the nation last week, just behind Oklahoma's 197.875 against Arizona on Friday.
After posting its highest road score of the season on the balance beam, the Tide moves up to claim the No. 2 spot nationally. Alabama is ranked third on the floor exercise, fourth on the vault and sixth on the uneven bars.
Junior Kim Jacob, ranked 16th in the all-around, moved up to No. 4 on the floor exercise and No. 9 on the balance beam, after tying or exceeding her season-high scores on both events last week.
Senior Ashley Priess moved up to claim the No. 13 spot on balance beam, following her 9.950 against LSU, which tied her career-best. Junior Diandra Milliner is 13th and senior Marissa Gutierrez is 23rd on the vault this week.
Milliner also moved up to No. 12 on the floor exercise, after posting her third consecutive score of a 9.9 or better last week. Junior Sarah DeMeo is ranked 17th on the uneven bars, while senior Ashley Sledge moved up to claim No. 25.
Alabama closes out its regular season this Friday in Coleman Coliseum against the top-ranked Sooners. The Tide will recognize Becca Alexin, Gutierrez, Sledge and Priess in Senior Night ceremonies prior to the competition. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.