Tide Gymnastics Is Number One

The Alabama Gymnastics team vaulted into the No. 1 spot in the national rankings this week on the strength of its 197.450 performance against Arkansas last Friday. The Crimson Tide's total against the Razorbacks is the highest score in the country by eight-tenths of a point.

Alabama is also ranked No. 1 nationally on the vault and is No. 3 on the balance beam and No. 4 on the floor exercise and the uneven bars. Alabama posted the nation's top score of the season on the uneven bars against Arkansas, 49.475, and the second highest on the vault (49.425) and floor exercise (4.450).

Individually, senior Morgan Dennis is second on the vault, 10th on the floor exercise and 15th on the balance beam. Senior Kassi Price is fourth on the uneven bars. Sophomore Ashley Priess is sixth in the all-around, fifth on the balance beam and 10th on the uneven bars. Senior Ricki Lebegern is 15th, junior Kayla Hoffman is 21st and sophomore Geralen Stack-Eaton is 23rd on the vault.

Oklahoma remains second this week while Utah moves to third and Florida and Stanford round out the top five at fourth and fifth respectively. Alabama's next opponents, Penn State and Minnesota are both ranked in the top-25 this week with the Nittany Lions coming in at No. 19 and the Golden Gophers standing at No. 23.

After starting the season with three straight Southeastern Conference meets, Alabama steps out of league competition this weekend to travel to University Park, Pa. to face Penn State and Minnesota Saturday at 7 p.m. EST.

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