Tide Gymnasts Fifth Going To Postseason

The Alabama Gymnastics team closed out the 2009 regular season as the No. 5 ranked team in the nation and begins the postseason Saturday at the Southeastern Conference Championships where it will face five other member of the nation's top 12.

Alabama will take on No. 1 ranked Georgia, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Florida, No. 9 Arkansas and No. 11 Auburn as well as No. 22 Kentucky this weekend in Nashville, Tenn. at the Sommett Center. The six non-SEC teams in this week's top 12 include No. 2 Utah, No. 3 Stanford, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 Oklahoma, No 10 Oregon State and No. 12 Nebraska.

The Crimson Tide is ranked third on the balance beam, fourth on the vault, seventh on the uneven bars and No. 11 on the floor exercise.

Individually, junior Ricki Lebegern is No. 19 in the all-around and No. 15 on the balance beam. Junior Morgan Dennis is fourth on the floor exercise and 12th on the vault. Freshman Ashley Priess is ranked ninth on the floor exercise, 11th on the uneven bars and 13th on the balance beam. Freshman Geralen Stack-Eaton is 20th on the beam.

Alabama has finished either first or second at the SEC Championships 18 times over the past 25 years, winning titles in 2003, 2000, 1995, 1990 and 1988, and taking second last season by the smallest margin possible, .025, and scoring a season-high 197.325.

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