ASU Gymnasts End 2003 Season At NCAA Championships
April 24, 2003
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Arizona State University women's gymnasticsteam placed fourth out of six teams in Session I of the 2003 NCAAChampionships Thursday, eliminating them from postseason competition inLincoln, Nebraska. The top three teams advance from each session to theSuper Six, which begins at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, April 25 at the DevaneyCenter. The second session follows tonight.
UCLA (196.950) won the session while Alabama (196.775) was secondand Michigan (196.125) third. ASU (194.225) placed fourth, followedby LSU (194.000, fifth) and Iowa (193.825, sixth).
Senior Ashley Ellsberry and junior Maggie Germaine led thesixth-seeded Sun Devils, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively in theall-around competition. Ellsberry scored 39.025 while Germaine posted a38.975.
'I'm disappointed in our performance today,' said 23rd-year SunDevil head coach John Spini, 'but I'm proud of my team. We had atremendous year and we accomplished a lot. We're young and we will be backwith most of this team next year. I';m hoping that we can finish rankedanywhere from sixth to ninth in the nation.'
In the first rotation, ASU scored its lowest beam total of thecampaign, a 48.275. The Sun Devils had to count a fall in the team scoreas both Cassidy Vreeke (9.050) and Kari Muth (9.100) fell in the first twospots. Senior Ashley Ellsberry led ASU with a 9.875 (fifth) while freshmanAshley Kelly posted a 9.825 (T-11th).
After a second rotation bye, the Sun Devils scored a 49.025 on floor, ledby Germaine's 9.850 (T-8th). Ellsberry's 9.825 tied her for 12th witheight gymnasts. Kelly tied for 20th at 9.8 and junior Carla DeMartini andsophomore Kari Muth tied for 23rd (9.775).
ASU competed on vault in the fourth rotation, recording its second-lowestevent score of the year (48.600). DeMartini's 9.750 (T-16th) representedASU's high event score. Kelly and Ellsberry each posted 9.725's(T-20th).
After a fifth rotation bye, the Devils finished on uneven bars with a48.325. Germaine and Muth tied for 23rd with five other gymnasts with9.725's.
No one from ASU qualified individually for Saturday's NCAA Individual Finals.
For complete results of the 2003 NCAA Championships, go to www.huskers.com.
|Team Scores (Session I)|
|4. Arizona State||194.225|
|ASU Event Scores|