GymTiders rank second

The Alabama Gymnastics team starts the regular season at No. 2 in the national rankings released yesterday.

The Crimson Tide were ranked third in the preseason coaches' poll released earlier in the month. The rankings are currently based on high score. Utah is No. 1 with a 197.350 at UCLA. Alabama's 196.725 won the Super Six Challenge while Nebraska is third with a 196.550. Washington and UCLA were fourth and fifth respectively. Iowa State, Stanford, Florida, Arkansas and Georgia round out the top-10.

Alabama used a stellar floor exercise rotation to win the season opening Super Six Challenge and their score of 49.6 propelled them to the top spot nationally in that event. The Tide is ranked second on the vault, 10th on the balance beam and 16th on the uneven bars.

Individually, senior Jeana Rice and sophomore Ashley Miles are tied for second on the floor exercise while junior Alexis Brion in seventh. Senior Stephanie Kite is ranked 13th on the floor while classmate Lauren Holdefer is 24th. Rice is also ranked ninth on the uneven bars while freshman Brittany Comeaux is 16th.

Rice and Miles are both seventh on the vault while sophomore Dana Pierce is ranked 17th on that event. Sophomore Mari Bayer is ranked 16th on the balance beam.

National Gymnastics Rankings – by high score

   Team                        High Score

1  Utah                        197.350
2  Alabama                     196.725
3  Nebraska                    196.550
4  Washington                  196.450
5  UCLA                        196.375
6  Iowa State                  196.300
7  Stanford                    196.200
8  Florida                     195.950
9  Arkansas                    195.575
10 Georgia                     195.550
11 Arizona                     195.425
12 Missouri & Iowa (tie)       195.350
14 Oklahoma                    195.275
15 Michigan                    195.075
16 L.S.U.                      194.875
17 Minnesota                   194.675
18 Central Michigan            194.475
19 New Hampshire               194.250
20 Oregon St. & Ohio St. (tie) 193.775
22 Illinois-Champaign          193.675
23 Kentucky                    194.450
24 Denver                      193.600
25 Pittsburgh                  193.450

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