Alabama Gymnasts Move Up To Third

So let's see? Undefeated Alabama downed Georgia to start the gymnastics season and now the Bulldogs are tied with Alabama at third in the nation. Bama slso defeated the Florida Gators. Guess which team is number one in the nation this week. That's right. Florida. There was plenty of movement among the nation's top teams this week.

Alabama moved up this week, after defeating Arkansas last Friday night. Bama had been ranked sixth and the Razorbacks fifth.

This week the Crimson Tide of Coach Sarah Patterson will be in Baton Rouge to take on number 13 LSU.

The Crimson Tide is led by senior Ashley Priess, who remains in the nation's number one spot in the all-around for the third week in a row, and the Alabama vault squad, which returned to number one after spending a one-week dip in second place.

In addition to Florida taking over the top spot, Oklahoma moved from third to second in this week's national rankings. After Alabama and Georgia, the previous number one team -- Utah -- is in fifth place. UCLA moved up from seventh to sixth, while Arkansas fell from fifth to seventh.

Oregon State, Nebraska, and Penn State remained the same as last week, 8, 9, and 10.

The Tide returned to number one on the vault and jumped to second on the floor exercise, after posting a season-best 49.600 against Arkansas. Alabama is ranked sixth on the balance beam and 10th on the uneven bars.

In the all-around, Priess remains first while senior Geralen Stack-Eaton checks in at four. Priess is also sixth on the uneven bars, 16th on the balance beam, and 21st on the vault. Stack-Eaton is fourth on the floor exercise and sixth on the vault.

Junior Ashley Sledge is eighth on the vault and 20th on the floor while sophomore Kim Jacob is tied with Priess for 16th on the balance beam. On the vault, sophomore Diandra Milliner and junior Marissa Gutierrez are tied at number 14.

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