Tangible Results For Tide Gymnasts

It is more than just "feel good" to beat Georgia in gymnastics. For Alabama, there was a tangible result in the Crimson Tide's rally to beat the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa last week. Although gymnastics rankings this early in the season are not critical, it is better to be in the top six than out of the top six at any time.

Alabama was seventh prior to hosting fifth-ranked Georgia in Tuscaloosa last week. After the Crimson Tide produced its best score of the year, a 197.500, to clip the Bulldogs, Bama has moved up to number five in the nation.

Florida remains in the top spot this week followed by Oklahoma, LSU, and Utah. Alabama took over the No. 5 spot this week and is followed by Georgia who dropped to No. 6. Nebraska, Michigan, UCLA, and Stanford round out the top 10.

Coach Sarah Patterson has an ambitious schedule for her Bama gymnastics team. A week ago, the Tide's next opponent – Auburn – looked to be the fourth top ten team on the Alabama schedule, but the Tigers have dropped to number 12. Bama travels to Auburn to take on the Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m. This will be Alabama's third away meet of the season.

In addition to posting its best overall score of the season against Georgia, Alabama posted its best floor exercise score of the season and fourth best all-time with a 49.625.Thus far this season, the Tide is fourth on the vault and balance beam, fifth on the uneven bars, and ninth on the floor exercise.

Senior Kim Jacob is ranked 14th in the all-around, 12th on the balance beam, 19th on the uneven bars, and 24th on the floor exercise. Jacob tied her career-best of 9.950 on the floor exercise against Georgia. Senior Diandra Milliner is ninth on the vault this week after scoring a 9.925 to take first place against Georgia.

Senior Sarah DeMeo is 25th on the vault while sophomore Lauren Beers is 19th on the floor exercise.

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