Roll GymTide Roll : Kiss Your Sister and Rankings Get Complicated

National Champ Cyrus Kouandjio congratulates Kayla and Diandra for their vault win against LSU - GymTide.com Media

Patterson is pleased with results but sees room for improvement.

This past Friday Bama scored its second-highest score for the season and stayed at No. 4 in the nation. Bama tied with No. 19 Arkansas as both teams posted scores of 197.100. While tying may be like kissing your sister in most other sports, it was the Crimson Tide's highest road score of the season. Despite the 197-plus score, the Tide experienced some adversity at the end of its floor exercise rotation when senior Marissa Gutierrez had an awkward landing on her first tumbling pass and had to be carried off the floor.

(See CW Article Here for update on Gutierrez' injury)

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All-American Marissa Gutierrez works floor for a 9.30 against LSU earlier this season. via www.gymtidemedia.com


"We had to go to beam right after Marissa got hurt and I told our ladies `We're going to do this for Marissa,'" Patterson said. "I'm proud of how we responded."

Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
Alabama 49.425 49.175 49.300 49.200 197.100
Arkansas 49.425 49.175 49.150 49.350 197.100

Alabama's Top Individual Finishers:

Event

Gymnast

Place

Score

Vault

Marissa Gutierrez

1st

9.950

Uneven Bars

Sarah DeMeo

1st

9.900

Balance Beam

Diandra Milliner

1st

9.900

Sarah DeMeo

1st

9.900

Ashley Priess

1st

9.900

Floor Exercise

Kim Jacob

2nd

9.900

As of this week the scoring makes the switch to the end-of-season Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). This formula takes a team's top three road scores, its next three highest scores home or away, drops the highest score and averages the remaining five.

I'm sure someone with a higher pay grade than me came up with this ranking system but frankly it makes my head hurt just to think about it. I'm sure I am not the only one as Florida lost its No. 1 ranking to Oklahoma after RQS was applied and dropped to second. Michigan remained in third and LSU knocked UCLA out of the fifth.

There will be a good bit of mixing it up over the upcoming weeks with Bama meeting with UCLA this Friday then traveling to LSU to take on the Tigers for the second time next week in Baton Rouge, La. Bama will then return home and close out their regular season against the currently ranked No. 1 Sooners on March 15. I will do my best to both explain and post the ever changing rankings leading into the regionals, SEC Championships, and NCAA Championship meets.

After beating Auburn on Feb. 15, Alabama has now posted 32 consecutive home wins. Alabama's last loss in Coleman Coliseum came against LSU on Feb. 13, 2009. The Crimson Tide's home win streak includes a 22-0-0 regular season mark and a 10-0-0 record as host of the 2009 and 2011 NCAA regional championships. What a streak, right? We could very well end this season with 35 consecutive home wins.

I can't believe the season is already coming to a close. There are still tickets available for both of Bama's final home meets. If you're close enough to T-town to take in a meet, these last two would be perfect, especially with the rankings changing and placing Okie at No. 1 for our final home meet. I'd love to be able to report yet another sold out meet for our GymTide!

2013 Alabama Gymnastics Schedule

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Date

Opponent / Event

Location

Time / Result

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01/11/13

at Missouri

Columbia, Mo.

W 196.450-192.025

01/18/13

vs. LSU

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W 196.575-195.525

01/25/13

vs. Kentucky (Power of Pink)

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W 196.575-194.800

02/02/13

at Georgia

Athens, Ga.

L 197.500-196.950

02/08/13

at Florida

Gainesville, Fla.

L 198.100-196.850

02/15/13

vs. Auburn

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W 197.650-196.575

02/22/13

at Arkansas

Fayetteville, Ark.

T, 197.100-197.100

03/01/13

vs. UCLA

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

7:30 p.m. CT

03/08/13

at LSU

Baton Rouge, La.

7:00 p.m. CT

03/15/13

vs. Oklahoma

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

7:30 p.m. CT

03/23/13

SEC Championships

Little Rock, Ark.

TBA

04/06/13

NCAA Regional Championship

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

6:00 p.m. CT

04/19/13

NCAA Championships (Semifinals)

Los Angeles, Calif.

TBA

04/20/13

NCAA Championships (Super Six Team Finals)

Los Angeles, Calif.

TBA

04/21/13

NCAA Championships (Individual Event Finals)

Los Angeles, Calif.

TBA

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