Alabama Gymnastics Moves Up To No. 2

The Alabama gymnastics team moved up to No. 2 in the nation this week after posting its fourth 197-plus score of the season last Friday at Michigan while junior Geralen Stack-Eaton moved up to No. 1 on the balance beam.



Alabama trails Florida, which remains at No. 1 this week with Stanford dropping behind the Crimson Tide into the No. 3 spot. Oklahoma is fourth, followed by Oregon State at No. 5 and Utah at No. 6. Georgia is seventh, with UCLA and Michigan coming in at eighth and ninth. Nebraska and Penn State are tied for 10th place.

The Tide is ranked second on the floor exercise and third on the vault, balance beam and uneven bars. Alabama's made it largest climb on the uneven bars this season, after being ranked as low as 38th, the Tide was 11th last week before moving to third this week on the strength of four scores in a row over 49.1, including a season high 49.375 at Georgia and a 49.275 at Michigan.

Alabama and Florida are the only two teams to rank in the top-five overall and on all four apparatus, while the Tide is the only team to score 197-or-better in four consecutive meets this season.

Senior Kayla Hoffman, who is ranked sixth in the all-around, and freshman Diandra Milliner are tied for second on the vault this week. The duo is also tied for ninth on the floor exercise while Stack-Eaton and sophomore Ashley Sledge are tied for 13th on the vault.

In addition to Stack-Eaton in the top spot, Hoffman is ninth and freshmen Sarah DeMeo and Kim Jacob are 16th and 20th respectively on the balance beam. Stack-Eaton is also ranked 14th on the uneven bars, where Hoffman is 16th and Sledge is 18th.

Alabama returns home for its regular-season finale Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. against No. 22 LSU. Tickets are available online at RollTide.com and through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum.

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