Bama Gymnastics Hosts Tar Heels

It's getting close to tournament time, when all the college gymnastics teams in competition for conference, regional and national championships will be judged on an equal footing. Meanwhile, Alabama -- which won the Southeastern Conference, NCAA Regional, and NCAA titles last season -- continues to be ranked fourth in the nation.

Alabama has its final regular season gymnastics meet of the season Friday when the Crimson Tide hosts North Carolina in Coleman Coliseum beginning at 7:30 p.m. CDT.

The rest of the top 10 remains virtually the same this week. Florida is again No. 1, followed by Oklahoma and UCLA in second and third. Georgia comes in a spot behind the Crimson Tide at No. 5 and is followed by No. 6 Nebraska and No. 7 Utah.

The only movement in the top 10 comes in the next three spots, where Oregon State lept over Arkansas into eighth place, while LSU drops out of a tie for ninth into 10th place, a spot behind the Razorbacks.

The Alabama team of Coach Sarah Patterson is second on the vault and fifth on both the balance beam and floor exercise again this week. The Tide did jump one spot in the uneven bars rankings, moving to No. 7.

Junior Marissa Gutierrez is No. 7 on the vault this week after posting a 9.95 against Missouri last Friday, tying her career-best score. Sophomore Diandra Milliner is 16th on the vault while senior Geralen Stack-Eaton and junior Ashley Sledge are tied for 21st. Senior Ashley Priess is ranked eighth on the balance beam while she and Stack-Eaton are tied for 14th on the uneven bars.

Tickets for the Tide's regular-season finale are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at .

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