Bama Gymnastics Third In Nation

The Alabama gymnastics team is third nationally in the first rankings of the 2014 season while the Crimson Tide leads the nation on the uneven bars after scoring a 49.475 in its season opener last Friday against Missouri.

Alabama will have a chance to overtake the top two teams in head-to-head competition.

Oklahoma is ranked No. 1 this week followed by No. 2 LSU, both of which are on Bama's schedule this season. Florida, who the Tide will host in Coleman Coliseum later this season, is tied with Utah for the No. 4 spot. Nebraska, which the Tide will face in Knoxville, Tenn., this Saturday, is tied with UCLA for No. 6 while Michigan, Georgia, and Arkansas, all of which the Tide will face this season, round out the top 10.

At this point in the season, gymnastics rankings are determined by season average. Alabama, which opened its season with a 197.150-193.425 win over Missouri, is ranked first on the uneven bars; fifth on the vault; sixth on the balance beam and seventh on the floor exercise.

Individually, senior Kim Jacob is ranked second in the all-around after posting a 39.525 in the season opener, tying her career-best score. Jacob is also ranked sixth on the floor exercise, 11th on the balance beam, and is tied for third on the uneven bars with UA freshman Amanda Jetter.

Senior Diandra Milliner is ranked second on the floor exercise after posting a winning mark of 9.950 against Missouri, as well as fifth on the vault. Freshman Katie Bailey is ranked ninth in the all-around and 17th on the uneven bars after her Crimson Tide debut. Senior Sarah DeMeo is ranked 19th on the vault while junior Kaitlyn Clark is ranked 10th on the uneven bars.

Alabama travels to Knoxville Friday to compete against No. 17 Kentucky and No. 6 Nebraska in the Ozone Collegiate Gymnastics Classic which will be held in the Knoxville Convention Center.

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