Utah has regained the No. 1 position in the NCAA women's gymnastics rankings after a week at No. 2, thanks to its 196.875-196.525 victory Friday night in the Huntsman Center over Michigan.

Michigan's score moved it up to No. 2 this week as UCLA dropped from first to third after a low-scoring win at Arizona State on Friday, 194.275-193.4.

Meanwhile, BYU moved from eighth to sixth in the poll released Sunday night as it prepares to face No. 28 Utah State in Logan at the Smith Spectrum tonight at 6:45. Southern Utah dropped one place to 17th.

The Utes lost their national lead on balance beam, dropping behind Michigan to second after a poor performance Friday, but they're still second at a 49.031 season average.

Their Friday scores of 49.50 on bars and 49.20 on vault moved them up to No. 1 in both events with a 49.225 bars average and 49.187 average on vault. Utah is sixth in floor exercise average (49.00), followed by No. 7 BYU (48.983) and No. 8 Southern Utah (48.975).

Individually, Ute sophomore Rachel Tidd remains No. 1 on bars with an average that went from 9.925 to 9.933, and freshman Ashley Postell remained second in the all-around with a 39.483 average. She moved from seventh to sixth in vaulting, tied with BYU's Marie-Helene Claveau (up from 10th) with 9.875 averages.

Utah is at No. 25 Minnesota on Saturday at 6 p.m. Southern Utah's next meet is Friday night at West Virginia.

NCAA women's gymnastics rankings

                                

Rank Team Avg. High

1. Utah 196.544 197.675

2. Michigan 196.131 196.525

3. UCLA 196.055 197.300

4. LSU 195.912 197.250

5. Florida 195.875 196.950

6. Alabama 195.844 197.175

7. Georgia 195.450 195.850

8. BYU 195.092 195.575

9. Nebraska 195.081 196.800

10. Oklahoma 195.050 195.900

Others:

17. S. Utah 194.050 195.525

28. Utah State 192.850 193.850