GymTiders take over first

The Alabama Gymnastics Team, on the strength of a trio of high scoring meets to open the season, has vaulted to the No. 1 spot in the national rankings.

The Crimson Tide holds a 197.150 season average, more than a quarter of a point better than No. 2 Georgia. Utah comes in at No. 3 while Alabama's next opponent, the Florida Gators, are No. 4. Iowa State is No. 5, while last season's national champions, UCLA comes in at No. 6.

Alabama, who finished last season as the NCAA Champion Runner-up, was last ranked No. 1 last season during the first week of February.

Alexis Brion

Friday's meet against the Gators, Alabama's third home meet of the year, will pit the best against the best in the meet's last rotation as Tide leads the nation on the floor exercise while Florida is No. 1 on the balance beam. Alabama is ranked second on the vault, fifth on the balance beam and sixth on the uneven bars.

Individually, sophomore Ashley Miles, the defending NCAA vault champion, is ranked No. 1 on that event with an average score of 9.9625 and a high of 9.975. Miles is also fifth on the floor exercise.

Senior Jeana Rice is ranked third on the vault, fourth on the uneven bars, 13th on the floor exercise and 23rd in the all-around. Junior Alexis Brion is eighth on the vault and 20th on the floor exercise while freshman Brittany Comeaux is 11th on the uneven bars.

Alabama and Florida compete Friday (Jan. 30) at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office

National Rankings, January 26

   Team           Team Average

 1 Alabama         197.150
 2 Georgia         196.837
 3 Utah            196.825
 4 Florida         196.758
 5 Iowa State      196.725
 6 UCLA            196.600
 7 Stanford        196.333
 8 Iowa            196.275
 9 Oklahoma        196.219
10 Washington      196.108
11 Arkansas        196.075
12 Missouri        195.967
13 Nebraska        195.717
14 L.S.U.          195.642
15 Arizona         195.592
16 Auburn          195.400
17 Michigan        195.350
18 Penn State      195.087
19 Arizona State   195.037
20 Oregon State    194.967
21 North Carolina  194.850
22 West Virginia   194.775
23 Minnesota       194.658
24 Kent State      194.550
25 BYU             194.533

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