What hurt Utah, Brigham Young and Southern Utah was good for Utah State as the NCAA women's gymnastics rankings moved to using the Regional Qualifying Score to rate the teams rather than raw average.
The RQS, an average of a team's top six scores with three required to be from road meets and the high score thrown out, moved the Aggies from No. 32 last week to 25th this week. Their RQS is 192.605.
The Utes, who had been ranked No. 1 five out of six weeks this season, fell to fourth with the change to RQS. Their first loss of the season Sunday afternoon at Nebraska, 196.65-106.60, actually raised their RQS, replacing a 195.275 scored at Minnesota.
Louisiana State took over the top spot with UCLA moving from a tie for ninth to second and Michigan dropping from second to third this week.
BYU fell from a tie for 11th to 13th, and SUU went from 15th to 16th this week.
The Utes lost their No. 1 status on uneven bars, now ranking second, and sophomore Rachel Tidd dropped from No. 1 on bars to fourth (9.88).Comment on this story
Ute freshman Ashley Postell, who scored 39.60 to win the all-around at Nebraska Sunday, stepped from a tie for fourth into third place with a 39.290 RQS, behind Kristen Maloney (39.63) and Tasha Schwikert (39.46) of UCLA.
Ute senior Annabeth Eberle moved from 18th to 10th (39.205). Jaime Mabray (39.10) tops BYU all-arounders in 20th place nationally.
Marie-Helene Claveau is BYU's highest rated individual, 14th in vaulting (9.870). Southern Utah's best is an eight-way tie for 20th on floor by Carly Geronimo and Sheena Shaw (9.85).
Utah is at No. 8 Georgia Friday. SUU is at Cal State Fullerton Friday night. Utah State hosts Boise State Friday at 6:45 p.m. in the Smith Spectrum, while BYU is at Boise State Saturday.