For the second week in a row, Alabama gymnastics remains the No. 9-ranked team in the country. It has split the two meets in which it has competed so far – falling at Michigan with a 195.675 and defeating Georgia with a 196.525 – and holds an average all-around score of 196.1.
As for each event, Alabama is fifth on the uneven bars with a 49.275 average and ninth on the balance beam with a 49.038 average. It is 14th and 22nd on the floor exercise (48.975) and vault (48.813), respectively.
The Crimson Tide improved all but one of its event scores last Friday against Georgia. It increased its bars by .25, its floor by .4 and its beam by .625. Its vault dropped by .425. Ultimately, Alabama’s overall score jumped almost a full point (.85).
Individually, Kiana Winston is tied for third on bars and sixth on beam. The senior averages a 9.925 on the first and a 9.9 on the second. Nickie Guerrero, another Alabama senior, is tied for sixth on vault with a 9.9 average.
LSU (197.2), Utah (196.988) and Michigan (196.875) make up the top three teams in order.
These rankings were released Monday morning. Keep in mind that Oklahoma, the preseason No. 1 team and two-time reigning national champion, hadn’t competed by then. The Sooners’ first meet was Monday afternoon against Georgia.
Alabama freshman Lexi Graber has a bone bruise in her right knee and will rest it for a week.
During the Georgia meet, Graber sat her vault landing. She was unable to get up on her own and had to be carried off the floor. She was then taken out of the beam lineup. Graber competed those two events in the Crimson Tide’s season opener the week prior.
Alabama heads to No. 1 LSU on Friday.