Second Ranked Tide Opens Post-Season

The Alabama gymnastics team, which remains No. 2 nationally going into the first leg of the postseason, moved up to No. 1 on the vault on the strength of a season-high score against LSU on Friday.



Alabama opens the postseason Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center with the Southeastern Conference Championships. It will mark the fifth time Birmingham has played host to the championships and the first since 2006.

Defending SEC Champion Florida is ranked No. 1 in the nation again this week. Stanford is third, followed by Oklahoma and Oregon State. UCLA is ranked sixth with Utah seventh, followed by Georgia and Michigan with Penn State rounding out the top 10.

Alabama is No. 1 on the vault, No. 2 on the floor exercise and No. 3 on both the uneven bars and balance beam. The Tide posted its highest vault (49.525) and floor exercise (49.475) totals of the season in its win over LSU.

Senior Kayla Hoffman moved up to fourth in the all-around. She and freshman Diandra Milliner are tied for second on the vault. Hoffman is also 11th on the balance beam and floor exercise and 17th on the uneven bars while Milliner is eighth on the floor exercise.

Junior Geralen Stack-Eaton is third on the balance beam, 10th on the uneven bars and 15th on the vault. Sophomore Ashley Sledge is 15th on the vault and 17th on the uneven bars. Freshmen Sarah DeMeo and Kim Jacob are 11th and 21st respectively on the balance beam.

Tickets for the SEC Championships are available through SECSports.com.

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