Sun Devil Gymnastics Falls To Nation's Best

Jan. 6, 2001

LAHAINA, Maui, Hawai'i -- Against No. 1 UCLA and No. 6 Nebraska, Arizona State's 11th-ranked women's gymnastics team finished third at the he Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i, Friday.

ASU competed to a team total of 191.525, while UCLA claimed the top spot with 196.200 and Nebraska finished runner-up at 194.950. The strength of the Sun Devils' evening was the uneven bars, where junior transfer Laura Moon led ASU to a team total of 49.075.

In her only event of the night, Moon -- who comes off two MVP years at the University of Maryland -- earned ASU's highest individual finish of the night with her score of 9.95 on bars. Sophomore Margaret Wojciak contributed heavily in bars as well, turning in a 9.8.

Like Moon, freshman Maggie Germaine was impressive in her inaugural performance as a Sun Devil. On the balance beam, Germaine earned the fourth-best score of the night, a 9.775. Germaine earned the same score on the floor exercise and added a 9.8 on bars to lead the way for her fifth-place all-around score of 38.775.

Ashley Stewart was ASU's leader on vault. The junior from Houston, Texas, came into the night with a career-best 9.7 in the event, but bettered that mark with a vault of 9.725.

Although her lowest score of the night, senior Kelly Cowley (formerly Kelly Christensen), had ASU's second-best vault mark of 9.65. Cowley added a 9.775 on bars and a 9.825 on the floor to round out her first performance of the 2001 season.

Fellow senior Kristin Fanning performed to ASU's best floor score of 9.85. A more than respectable mark, Fanning's effort was seemingly lost in the shuffle behind perfect 10.0's from UCLA gymnasts Mohini Bhardwaj and Jamie Dantzsher, the latter of which added another 10.0 score in the bars.

The Sun Devils will take a weekend off from competition before their next meet, when they face current No. 12 Oregon State in Corvalllis, Ore., Friday, Jan. 19.

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