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Ranking for Utah gymnasts unchanged

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 31 2006 12:26 p.m. MST

Despite hitting the nation's highest score to date in 2006, 197.20 on Friday against Southern Utah and Utah State, the University of Utah's gymnastics team remained No. 2 in the NCAA coaches' poll Monday, still behind Georgia, which scored 197.025 in a meet against Florida.

The poll is determined at this point by total season average, and Georgia's is 196.169 to Utah's 195.862. The Utes are just ahead of Alabama, 195.587.

Utah State moved up to 26th at 191.812 with 192.675 scored at Utah, improving its average. BYU is 27th at 191.725, and Southern Utah improved to 29th at 191.612 thanks to the 193.175 at Utah.

In events, Utah ranks second on floor and beam, third on vault and fifth on bars. Southern Utah is 20th and BYU 25th on bars. SUU fell to 16th-ranked Denver 194.350-193.600 on Monday night.

Individually, Ute Nicolle Ford is fourth in all-around (39.342) with Ashley Postell eighth (39.158) and freshman Kristina Baskett 10th (39.137). Ford ranks third on bars (9.912) and is tied for sixth on beam (9.844) with Postell sixth on floor (9.867). BYU's Aletha Boon (9.825) is tied for eighth on beam.

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