Hitting the highest score in the country so far this season solidified Utah's hold on second place in the NCAA women's gymnastics rankings released Monday.

But — with rankings still going by raw season average until Feb. 18 — the one all-around performance by Utah junior Nina Kim that scored 39.55 last Friday made her the nation's top-ranked all-arounder for the week. She is .019 ahead of teammate Ashley Postell, whose four all-arounds this season average out to 39.531, thanks to the career-best 39.80 she scored Friday, which is the best score in the country so far. Utah junior Kristina Baskett, who has three all-arounds this season, ranks 11th at 39.308.

Postell maintained her No. 1 ranking on balance beam (9.906 average).

BYU finally moved into the rankings this week at No. 36 with a 192.275 average, and Utah State is 46th (190.769).

The Utes rank No. 2 on vault (49.237), floor exercise (49.187) and balance beam (also 49.187) and are tied for third on bars (49.181) with Southern Utah sixth (49.95). The Thunderbirds, ranked 17th as a team, are also 17th on beam (48.562).

Individually, just below Postell on beam is the Southern Utah pair of Katie Hicks, No. 4 at 9.86, and Ariel Lamb, tied for seventh (9.837). Three more from the state are in the top 15 — Utah's Jamie Deetscreek (9.833) tied for 11th and Daria Bijak (9.831) 13th with BYU's Dayna Smart-Allen (9.825) 14th.

On floor, Kim's single routine last Friday that scored 9.925 has her tied for third with Annie DiLuzio remaining 11th (9.875).

Bars see Baskett and Postell tied for sixth (9.894), and Postell, with that perfect 10.0 vault last Friday, is tied for 16th in that event, just ahead of Baskett in 18 (9.862).

Utah State is at Southern Utah tonight at 7 while Utah travels to BYU Friday night at 7. The Aggies have a meet at Denver with Oklahoma and Air Force Saturday at 6 p.m.

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