University of Utah senior Ashley Postell is the No. 1-ranked balance beam gymnast in the NCAA this week with an average of 9.908, and two Southern Utah gymnasts, Ariel Lamb (9.875) and Katie Hicks (9.875), are tied for third with Ute Daria Bijak (9.842) tied for 10th. Postell (39.442) is also third nationally in the third set of all-around rankings

As a team, the Utes moved up to second place after being third the last two weeks, with an average of 196.475, behind Georgia's 196.869. Utah defeated Georgia in the season's first meet, 196.3-196.2.

Southern Utah, which opened its season Friday, ranks 17th at 194.175, and Utah State clocks in at 44th (190.769). BYU opened its season Saturday with a loss at New Hampshire, but it is not in the rankings yet.

SUU's best event ranking is fifth (49.025) on uneven bars, right behind fourth-place Utah (49.325). The Utes (49.142) rank second on beam behind Florida (49.2), fifth (49.133) on vault and fifth (49.067) on floor.

Individual rankings on bars find Postell (9.883) tied with teammate Kristina Baskett for sixth with SUU's Elise Wheeler (9.875) ninth.

NCAA women's gymnastics rankings

Jan. 28 n by total season average

Rank average high score

1 Georgia 196.869 197.550

2 Utah 196.475 196.700

3 Florida, 196.400 197.125

4 Alabama 196.342 196.425

5 Michigan 196.033 196.750

6 Oklahoma 195.825 196.550

7 LSU 195.775 195.925

8 UCLA 195.383 196.125

9 Arkansas 195.267 195.300

10 Oregon State 195.258 196.275

- Stanford 195.258 196.150

12 Nebraska 195.075 196.675

13 Denver 194.600 195.700

14 Penn State 194.592 195.100

15 Missouri 194.525 195.350

16 Auburn 194.200 195.900

17 Southern Utah 194.175 194.175

18 Boise State 194.162 195.700

19 Arizona 194.092 194.125

20 Arizona State 194.087 195.625

44 Utah State 190.769 192.400