The weekly NCAA women's gymnastics poll moved to using raw season average for its rankings, and the change was good for Brigham Young, Southern Utah and Ute sophomore Rachel Tidd, but dropped the University of Utah from No. 1 to No. 2 and Utah State to 29th from last week's 24th position.

The first few polls of the season were based on high score, but as the season progresses and teams have enough meets for representative averages, the poll begins to use those. When teams have enough meets to go by Regional Qualifying Score (an average of six meets, three of which must be on the road, with the high thrown out), then RQS becomes the factor in the rankings for the rest of the season.

Two-time defending NCAA champion UCLA has taken over the No. 1 spot, having had three meets with scores above 197. Utah has one such score, 197.675, but that is still the highest score in the nation, achieved in upsetting UCLA (197.30) in the season opener.

Utah will host No. 3 Michigan Friday night in the Huntsman Center at 7.

Tidd has taken over No. 1 on uneven bars, moving up from No. 2. Her average is 9.925. Ute freshman Ashley Postell dropped from a tie for No. 1 with teammate Annabeth Eberle to No. 2 behind UCLA's Kristen Maloney in the all-around, 39.558-39.537, and Eberle took a tumble to a tie for 13th with teammate Nicolle Ford and Florida's Breanne King with 39.158 averages.

As a team, the Utes are ranked No. 1 on balance beam with a 49.117 average and are No. 2 on vault behind UCLA (49.219) at 49.183. BYU rates sixth on vault at 49.058. The Utes are third on bars (49.133) behind UCLA (49.25) and Michigan (49.167). They are sixth on floor (49.00), followed by BYU (48.983) and SUU (48.975).

NCAA women's gymnastics poll

            

Jan. 24—by total season average

Rank Team Ave. High score

1. UCLA 196.500 197.300

2. Utah 196.433 197.675

3. Michigan 196.000 196.075

4. Alabama 195.675 197.175

5. Florida 195.650 196.950

6. Georgia 195.500 195.850

7. LSU 195.467 197.050

8. Brigham Young 195.092 195.575

9. Denver 194.850 195.275

10. Iowa State 194.842 195.850

11. Oklahoma 194.767 195.900

12. Arkansas 194.483 194.925

13. Auburn 194.375 195.325

14. Oregon St. 194.108 195.200

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15. Michigan St.194.075 195.475

16. So. Utah 194.050 195.525

17. Arizona St. 193.983 195.700

18. Kentucky 193.917 194.850

19. Penn State 193.892 194.550

20. Arizona 193.567 193.925

21. Ohio State 193.500 194.325

22. Washington 193.500 194.625

23. Nebraska 193.425 194.200

24 Minnesota 193.392 193.925

25. C. Michigan 193.200 194.050

26. Illinois 193.117 193.825

27. Maryland 193.017 193.975

28. N. Carolina 192.975 195.100

29. Utah State 192.850 193.850

30. Stanford 192.425 192.425


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