Fourth-Ranked Tide Hosts No. 1 Sooners

Last week in Baton Rouge, then fifth-ranked Alabama gymnastics team had its best score of the season, a 197.725 to beat the fourth-ranked LSU Tigers. It was the best road score in the nation this season and was the second highest score in the nation last week.

And that accomplishment moved Alabama into fourth place in this week's national rankings.

Rankings are calculated by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) at this point in the season. The formula takes a team's top three road scores and its next three highest scores, home or away. It then drops the high score and averages the remaining five.

What that earned for Alabama, among other things, is the right to meet the nation's latest number one team. While Bama's score was second best last week, the top score of 197.875 was turned in by the Oklahoma Sooners against Arizona. Oklahoma jumped idle Florida to take over the top spot.

The Crimson Tide of Coach Sarah Patterson, two-time defending national champion, and Oklahoma will close out regular season competition at 7 p.m. CDT Friday in Coleman Coliseum. It will be Senior Night for Alabama and Becca Alexin, Marissa Gutierrez, Ashley Sledge, and Ashley Priess will be recognized in pre-meet ceremonies.

Tickets are available through the Alabama Athletics Ticket Office in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, at (205) 348-2262, or online at

In this week's rankings, Florida fell to number two behind Oklahoma. Michigan is third, Alabama fourth, and LSU fifth.

After posting its highest road score of the season on the balance beam, the Tide moves up to claim the No. 2 spot nationally. Alabama is ranked third on the floor exercise, fourth on the vault and sixth on the uneven bars.

Junior Kim Jacob, ranked 16th in the all-around, moved up to No. 4 on the floor exercise and No. 9 on the balance beam, after tying or exceeding her season-high scores on both events last week.

Senior Ashley Priess moved up to claim the No. 13 spot on balance beam, following her 9.950 against LSU, which tied her career-best. Junior Diandra Milliner is 13th and senior Marissa Gutierrez is 23rd on the vault this week.

Milliner also moved up to No. 12 on the floor exercise, after posting her third consecutive score of a 9.9 or better last week. Junior Sarah DeMeo is ranked 17th on the uneven bars, while senior Ashley Sledge moved up to claim No. 25.

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