Though the University of Utah's women's gymnastics team scored two points less in its second meet Friday at Utah State University, the Utes retained the nation's No. 1 ranking in the Jan. 17 poll.

The Utes remain ranked in the top two in every event and still have senior Annabeth Eberle and freshman Ashley Postell tied for No. 1 nationally in the all-around rankings.

That is possible because this is just the second week of the season, and rankings are based on high scores. Later, they will be based on averages of scores, and still later, the rankings will be done by Regional Qualifying Scores, an average of six scores from home and away meets.

The 197.675 Utah scored in beating UCLA Jan. 7 remains the highest scored by anyone this season, as are the twin 39.625s Eberle and Postell scored in that meet's all-around. Also, sophomore Nicolle Ford remains tied for No. 1 in balance beam with a 9.95 scored against UCLA. Sophomore Rachel Tidd's 9.95s on vault and bars Jan. 7 have her ranking second nationally in each event.

Brigham Young moved into ninth place in the rankings with a 195.575 high team score, and Utah State moved up to 24th with the193.85 it scored against Utah Friday. Southern Utah ranks 31st with 192.575.

Gymnastics rankings

NCAA women's gymnastics rankings for week of Jan. 17:


Rank team high score

1 Utah 197.675

2 UCLA 197.300

3 Michigan 196.025

4 Alabama 195.975

5 Oklahoma 195.900

6 Georgia 195.800

7 Arizona State 195.700

8 LSU 195.625

9 Brigham Young 195.575

10 Florida 195.550


24 Utah State 193.850

31 So. Utah 192.575