15th-ranked Arizona State begins its 28th season of women's gymnastics Friday, January 3, at the Maui Invitational at 7:30 p.m. in Maui, Hawaii.

Jan. 2, 2003

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    This Week --15th-ranked Arizona State begins its 28th season of women's gymnastics Friday, January 3, at the Maui Invitational at 7:30 p.m. in Maui, Hawaii. Last season ASU went 8-5-1 during the regular season and 4-1-1 at home before placing sixth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships and being ranked 18th nationally. Friday's meet will be the first of two regular season meetings between Stanford, San Jose State and ASU. The Sun Devils will play host to San Jose State on Mar. 14 and will travel to Stanford on Feb. 21.

    ASU In The Rankings --Arizona State debuted at No. 15 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released January 2. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the crown with 752 overall votes and 20 first-place bids. ASU received 333 overall votes and is neighbored in the standings by No. 7 Stanford (570), No. 10 Arizona (444) and No. 13 Oregon State (355). Washington (17th, 268) rounds out the list of Pac-10 teams making the top-25. For a complete list of the current rankings see Page 2 of this release. For more information access http://www.troester.com/gym/.

    2002 In Review --The Sun Devils began the 2002 season picked 9th in the coaches poll. They finished the season by being ranked 18th. ASU compiled a regular-season record of 8-5-1 en route to playing host to the NCAA South Central Regionals in Tempe. ASU's run to the postseason was derailed when senior Rhonda Robinette suffered a broken humerus bone (right arm) in a workout fall and missed the regional. Earlier in the year, Robinette haed become only the 10th Sun Devil ever to score a perfect 10.0 (on beam versus Arizona, its first in that event since 1997). ASU missed an NCAA Championships berth by 0.075 points, but did qualify senior Laura Moon as an all-arounder.

    Up Next --The Sun Devils open the 2003 season at home, hosting No. 17 Washington on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. MT at Wells Fargo Arena. Last season Washington handed the Sun Devils a 196.575-194-800 loss in the regular season in Seattle.

    Ashley Ellsberry (Senior)Competed in every meet of the season ... posted a season and career-high in the floor exercise with a 9.925 in the UNO's Classic on February 8 ... averaged a 9.811 for 11 floor routines ... tallied a 9.900 on floor versus Arizona (3/1) and Stanford (1/25) ... best score on beam was a 9.925 versus Arizona (3/1) ... averaged 9.745 for 11 beam routines ... scored a season and career-high 9.875 on uneven bars versus Utah State (3/8) ... top meets included the UNO's Classic (9.925 on floor and 9.900 on beam) and Arizona (9.925 on beam, 9.900 on floor and 9.800 on bars) ... scored a 9.8 or better nine times on floor and seven times on beam.

    Cassidy Vreeke (Senior)Earned honorable mention Academic all-Pacific-10 Conference ... averaged 9.742 on floor for 10 routines ... averaged 9.680 on vault through 10 meets ... missed the Washington meet (2/15) with an injured ankle ... entered the NCAA Regionals having hit eight of her last nine routines for 9.7 or better ... had her best meet of the season against arch-rival Arizona (3/1), setting career bests on vault (9.925) and beam (9.925), while posting a 9.9 on floor ... on vault, her next-best scores were two 9.725s ... hit five of eight routines on beam for 9.75 or better ... on floor posted three marks og 9.9 or more, including a season-best 9.925 at the UNO's Classic (2/8) ... after scoring no better than 9.65 in the 2002 season opener versus Utah State (1/11), Vreeke hit nine straight routines in home meets ... posted a 9.8-or-better five times on floor and four times on beam ... had second-best meet of the campaign versus Utah State (3/8), posting a 9.900 on floor, a 9.825 on beam and a 9.700 on vault.

    Margaret Wojciak (Senior)Turned in the best season of her career ... competed mainly on vault and uneven bars in 2002 ... competed in the all-around competition once, versus Washington and compiled a score of 38.650 ... averaged 9.775 through 10 meets on bars ... season and career-high was 9.900 twice versus Stanford (1/25) and in the UNO's Classic (2/8) ... posted a 9.8-or-better six times ... averaged 9.707 through 10 meets on vault ... tallied a season-best 9.800 on three occasions - vs. Stanford (1/25), vs. Arizona (3/1) and vs. Utah State (3/8) ... competed in three beam routines, scoring a season-best 9.600 in the NCAA South Central Regional at Wells Fargo Arena ... competed on floor four times, including a season and career-best 9.875 against Washington (2/15) ... missed the Master's Classic due to illness ... hit a combined 15 of 21 routines for 9.7 or better ... tied for seventh on bars in the NCAA South Central Regional in Tempe ... tied for first-place on bars against Utah State and Southern Utah (3/8) ... won the bars competition at the UNO's Classic (2/8) with a score of 9.900 ... won the bars competition at the Stanford meet (1/25) with a score of 9.900 ... tied for second-place on vault versus Utah State (1/11) with a score of 9.800.

    Jada Cox (Junior)Was a mainstay on vault, averaging 9.793 through all 11 meets ... hit all 11 of her vaults to lead the team with a 9.793 average ... even her lowest score of 9.65 was good enough to earn third-place honors versus UCLA (1/20) ... scored a season and career-high 9.925 on vault versus Arizona (3/1), helping ASU defeat the Wildcats and set several school records in the process ... scored a 9.8-or-better on vault four times ... posted a 9.900 against Stanford (1/25) and a 9.850 at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships (3/23) ... averaged 9.710 through five meets on floor ... recorded a season and career-best 9.825 on two occasions - versus Arizona (3/1) and at the Pac-10 Championships (3/23).

    Carla DeMartini (Junior)Transfer who provided valuable depth in 2002 ... her most consistent event was the floor exercise ... recorded a season and career-best 9.900 on floor in the UNO's Classic (2/8) ... posted a season-high 9.825 on uneven bars at the Master's Classic (2/23) ... tallied a season-high 9.875 on vault on two occasions - against Arizona (3/1) and Utah State (3/8) ... scored a 9.8-or- better on floor five times ... scored a 9.8-or-better on vault four times ... averaged 9.745 on floor through 10 routines.

    Maggie Germaine (Junior)Earned second-team Academic all-Pacific-10 Conference accolades ... through the first seven meets of the season, she had hit a combined 20 of 21 routines on vault, bars and floor ... was ASU's season leader on vault (9.95), bars (9.9) and floor (9.95), based on her career bests established versus Arizona (3/1) ... those scores helped ASU set a school record for a team total score against Arizona ... her 9.88 RQS on vault made her ASU's only nationally ranked individual, tied for 20th with six others ... competed in the all-around in each of ASU's first seven meets and then in the final meet, the NCAA South Central Regional Championships at Wells Fargo Arena ... averaged 38.712 in the all-around for eight meets ... best all-around score was a 38.925 at Stanford (1/25) ... best overall event of the year was the floor exercise, in which she averaged 9.850 through 11 meets ... scored a 9.8-or-better nine times on floor (out of 11 meets) ... finished first on floor (9.900) versus Stanford (1/25) ... averaged 9.802 on vault through 11 meets ... ended the season with a string of nine straight meets with a 9.825-or-better on vault ... tied for first-place with teammate Carla DeMartini on vault versus Utah State (3/8) with a 9.875 ... finished second on vault (9.850) at the UNO's Classic (2/8) ... finished first on vault (9.825) versus California (2/3) ... averaged 9.800 through 11 routines on uneven bars ... finished first on bars (9.850) against California (2/3) ... finished first on bars (9.800) against Utah State (1/11) ... hit the first 10 routines of the season until falling at the NCAA South Central Regional in Tempe ... averaged 9.210 on beam through eight meets ... recorded season-best score of 9.325 at UCLA (1/20).

    Amber Giorgianni (Junior) In just her second competitive routine after missing almost a year due to a severe knee injury, she scored a meet-high 9.925 on beam, improving upon her previous best of 9.875 set in 2001 against Washington (Feb. 2), against Utah State and Southern Utah ... for her performance, was named Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast Of The Week for March 4-11 ... made an exhibition appearance on uneven bars in the 2002 season opener against Utah State, January 11 ... posted a 9.8 on beam versus Arizona on March 1 ... participated on beam at the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Championships in March ... tallied a 9.550 on beam at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships in Wells Fargo Arena.

    Trisha Dixon (Sophomore)Averaged 9.684 on vault through eight meets ... posted a season and career-high 9.800 on vault at the UNO's Classic (2/8) ... second-best vault mark of the season was a 9.775 at Washington (2/15) ... averaged 9.633 through three bars routines ... posted a season and career-best 9.675 in the opening meet of the year versus Utah State (1/11) ... averaged 9.617 through seven beam routines ... scored a season and career-high 9.900 on beam in the UNO's Classic (2/8) ... scored a 9.525 on her only floor routine versus Utah State (1/11) in the season opener ... posted a 38.500 in her only all-around performance of the season against Utah State (1/11) ... placed fourth on beam (9.700) at UCLA (1/20) ... finished second on the beam (9.800) at California (2/3) ... tied for third-place on vault (9.800) at the UNO's Classic (2/8) ... tied for second on beam (9.900) at the UNO's Classic (2/8).

    Kari Muth (Sophomore)Competed on bars, beam and floor in all but one meet in 2002 ... did not compete on beam in the Master's Classic (2/23) ... in two of the last three meets she recorded her season bests of 9.9 on bars, 9.875 on beam and 9.925 on floor ... averaged 9.713 on floor through 11 meets ... averaged 9.679 on uneven bars through 11 meets ... averaged 9.612 on beam in 10 meets ... recorded a season and career-high 9.925 on floor against Arizona (3/1) ... in that same meet, posted a season and career-best 9.900 on bars ... tallied a season and career-best 9.875 on beam a week later versus Utah State (3/8) ... scored a 9.8-or-better six times on floor ... scored a 9.8-or-better five times on bars as well.

    The Freshmen --Five freshmen make up the 2002 ASU recruiting class, including Ashley Kelly of York, Pa., Lauren Powell of Feeding Hills, Mass., Tiffany Van Dusen of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., Shaena Friedman of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sarah Zigler of Fort Wayne, Ind.

    The Departed --Trying to keep tabs on the ASU roster? At the end of the 2002 season, the Sun Devils said goodbye to two seniors, Laura Moon and Rhonda Robinette. Others not returning are Nicole Gause, Kelsie Kear and Melissa Lewis.

    The Streak --For 25 straight regular season meets -- including four in 2001 -- no one could overcome ASU at Wells Fargo Arena. Not even No. 1 UCLA. In that span, the Sun Devils defeated 39 consecutive opponents dating back to 1996. However, in the 2001 season finale, ASU beat Iowa and Kentucky, but could not top No. 7 Nebraska, which shot to No. 4 in the rankings after turning back ASU for only the third time in the last 44 meets at Wells Fargo Arena. The dates of ASU's last five home losses are as follows: Stanford (1/25/02), Nebraska (3/16/01), Utah (2/2/96), Utah (2/11/94), Oregon State (2/7/92).

    Slow Starting Sun Devils? --For all the times ASU has saved its best for last, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the Sun Devils don't have a reputation for flashy debuts. In fact, six of the last nine seasons have begun with ASU earning what would be its lowest team total of the year (exceptions: 1999, 2000 and 2002). Last season, ASU opened the year with a 193.350 showing versus Utah State. One week later, ASU posted its lowest total of the campaign, a 192.125 in a loss at UCLA. After that, the Sun Devils responded to the top total in school history, a record 197.850 vs. Arizona on March 1, 2002.

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