Gymnastics Vaults To Third In Nation

Good things happen when a gymnastics team goes to Athens and beats Georgia. For instance: The Alabama gymnastics team jumped two spots to number three in the latest national rankings after posting the second highest score in the country this year to beat Georgia in Athens last Friday.

The Alabama tumblers are on a roll. For the third week in a row, Bama bettered its season high, scoring a 197.675 in Athens, just .05 behind Florida's NCAA-best mark.

The Gators remain the nation's number one team, followed by Stanford. Oklahoma is fourth, Utah fifth, and Georgia sixth.

Alabama's next opponent is number nine Michigan. Bama will be in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. EST Friday for the Crimson Tide's final road meet of the season.

Coach Sarah Patterson's Alabama team is ranked second on the floor exercise, third on the vault, fifth on the balance beam and 11th on the uneven bars.

Senior Kayla Hoffman, whose 39.675 in the all-around against Georgia is tied for the highest total in the nation this season, is ranked 11th in the all-around, second on the vault, seventh on the balance beam and 20th on the floor exercise.

Junior Geralen Stack-Eaton, who has also posted a 39.675 in the all-around this season, is ranked second on the balance beam and 12th on the vault.

Freshman Diandra Milliner is ranked fifth on the vault and seventh on the floor exercise while sophomore Ashley Sledge is 12th on the vault and 13th on the uneven bars. Freshmen Kim Jacob (21st) and Sarah DeMeo (22nd) are also ranked on the balance beam, giving the Tide four performers in the top 25.

The Tide's final home meet of the regular season is against SEC rival LSU, Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are available online at and at the Alabama Ticket Office (205-348-2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum.

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