GymTiders still ranked second

The Alabama gymnastics team remains at No. 2 in this week's national rankings.

The Tide stands just behind No. 1 Utah in the rankings, which are figured by high score. Alabama is ranked just ahead of No. 3 Florida, adding excitement to the two SEC teams' Jan. 30 showdown in Tuscaloosa. Iowa State and Georgia are tied for fourth.

Arizona and Iowa are tied for sixth and Nebraska is No. 8 while Washington and UCLA round out the top-10 at ninth and 10th respectively. This weekend in Baton Rouge, Alabama will face No. 20 LSU, going for its first win in the Maravich Assembly Center since 1998.

Alabama remains the nation's No. 1 ranked floor exercise squad and is No. 3 on the vault, fifth on the uneven bars and 10th on the balance beam.

Individually, senior Jeana Rice is sixth in the all-around after last week's 39.6 against Penn State. Rice is fourth on the floor exercise, 12th on the vault, 14th on the uneven bars and 17th on the balance beam. Sophomore Ashley Miles is fourth on the floor exercise and sixth on the vault. Junior Alexis Brion is 16th on the floor exercise.

Alabama started the season at No. 3 in the preseason coaches' poll and was No. 2 in the first ranking a week ago. Next week the rankings change to season average.

National Rankings, January 19 by high score

   Team Name     Team High Score

 1 Utah           197.350
 2 Alabama        197.125
 3 Florida        197.100
 4 Iowa St. & GA  196.950
 6 Arizona & Iowa 196.725
 8 Nebraska       196.550
 9 Washington     196.450
10 UCLA           196.375
11 BYU            196.275
12 West Virginia  196.250
13 Arkansas       196.225
14 Stanford       196.200
15 Missouri       196.050
16 Denver         195.975
17 Arizona St.    195.825
18 New Hampshire  195.600
19 Kent State     195.475
20 L.S.U.         195.300
21 Oklahoma       195.275
22 Kentucky       195.200
23 Ore St. & MI   195.075
25 N. Carolina    194.800

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