2003 Sun Devil Gymnastics Wrapup
May 9, 2003
The Season --Arizona State's gymnastics team put the finishing touches on a record-breaking season at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska, finishig ninth nationally. The Sun Devils, under legendary 23rd-year coach John Spini set numerous records in '03, including shattering most of ASU's event records, total team scores and individual performance marks. Spini and his coaching staff put ASU back on the national gymnastics map after missing qualifying for the championships in 2002. Plus, most of the 2003 squad returns in 2004, including the addition of three top recruits.
ASU In The Rankings --Arizona State debuted at No. 15 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released Jan. 2. ASU climbed as high as No. 2 (two weeks) and was ranked third for five weeks. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the crown with 752 votes and 20 first-place bids. ASU received 333 votes and was neighbored in the standings by No. 7 Stanford (570), No. 10 Arizona (444) and No. 13 Oregon State (355). Washington (17th, 268) rounded out the list of Pac-10 teams in the top-25. For info access http://www.troester.com/gym/.Heading into nationals, ASU ranked 2nd on beam (49.495 avg.) as well as 4th on floor (49.485 avg.). The Sun Devils were T-8th on bars (49.320 avg.) and 6th on vault (49.365 avg.). Maggie Germaine was 8th nationally in the all-around (39.575 avg.) while Ashley Kelly was 10th (39.550). Germaine was 2nd on floor (9.975 avg.) while Ashley Kelly was 7th on beam (9.940) and Ashley Ellsberry was 4th (9.950). Kelly was 7th on bars (9.930).
Meet Highlights From 2003 --ASU At NCAA Northeast Regionals (4/12/03): ASU placed second and advanced to the NCAA's. Ashley Kelly was third in the all-around (39.450), winning the bars (9.9) and beam (9.925). Carla DeMartini (9.825) was fourth on vault.ASU At Pac-10 Championships (3/29/03): ASU recorded its highest finish (3rd) in the Pac-10 Championships since 1999. ASU scored a 197.075 (8th-best team score in '03). Ashley Kelly tied for 7th on bars (9.9) and Maggie Germaine tied for 3rd on floor (9.975). Kelly and Ashley Ellsberry tied for 4th on beam (9.925).ASU-Kentucky (3/21/03): ASU set the school record 198.275 team score in beating the Wildcats. Ashley Kelly scored the first two perfect 10's of her career (vault, bars) and recorded the school record all-around mark of 39.875, the highest AA score in the nation. ASU set a team record on vault (49.650), on bars (49.500) and on floor (49.725).ASU-San Jose State (3/14/03): ASU had a subpar meet but still scored a 197.300, its season average. Maggie Germaine scored her 4th perfect 10.0 of the year, this time on floor. She won the all-around (39.550). ASU's vault score (49.500) was its 2nd-highest all year. Kari Muth had a career-high on floor (9.950) and bars (9.925).ASU-Boise State (3/7/03): Aided by three 10.0s by Maggie Germaine (vault/floor) and Cassidy Vreeke (floor), ASU posted its 6th-best team score in history, a 197.400 in beating BSU. ASU set a school record (vault, 49.6) while floor (49.65) was the 2nd-best ever.ASU-California/Rutgers (2/28/03): ASU posted the third-highest team score in history, a 197.825 and defeated No. 25 California and Rutgers. It was the second-best team score this year. ASU posted its best vault score (49.475) and floor score (49.675, school record) of the year. Ashley Kelly won the all-around with a career-high score of 39.750. Kelly set or tied career-highs in all four events. Ashley Ellsberry won the floor (9.975, career-high) and tied Germaine and Kelly for 1st on beam (9.95, career-high).ASU-Stanford (2/21/03): ASU posted the 9th-best score in school history with a 196.900. Maggie Germaine placed second in the all-around at 39.550 and tied for first on floor (9.950). Ashley Kelly tied for first on beam (9.950).ASU-UCLA (2/16/03): ASU set a school record score, yet lost to No. 1 UCLA, 198.400-198.150. Maggie Germaine won the AA, posting a career-best/school record 39.775. Ashley Kelly's 39.625 (ch) tied for 2nd. ASU's beam score of 49.875 was a school record and national season-high. Germaine and Ashley Ellsberry had career-high 10.0's on beam. On floor, Germaine and Cassidy Vreeke tied career-highs with 9.95, sharing 1st.ASU-Oregon State (2/16/03): Maggie Germaine won the all-around, posting a 39.400.Germaine tied for 1st on floor (9.925) and placed 2nd on beam (9.850). Cassidy Vreeke tied for 1st on vault (9.875). Ashley Ellsberry tied for 2nd on bars (9.875).ASU-UA (1/31/03): ASU recorded its 7th-highest score in school history, defeating No. 13 Arizona, 196.950-196.175 in Tucson. ASU set a school record on bars (49.475). Maggie Germaine tied her own school record (career-high) in the all-around (39.625).ASU-Utah (1/24/03): Arizona State gave 23rd-year head coach John Spini his first road victory over the Utah in Salt Lake City, defeating the Utes 197.450-197.150 in front of 9,032 fans at the Huntsman Center. The loss marked the second home loss for Utah this year, which is only the second time that has happened in its 28-year history. It was ASU's first victory over Utah in Salt Lake City since 1976. ASU posted its 3rd-highest ever team score.ASU-Washington (1/17/03): ASU opened the home season vs. No. 17 Washington and took 1st with a 197.300, the 3rd-highest team score in school history at the time. Maggie Germaine set a school record and career-high all-around total of 39.625, placing 1st. She also scored a career-high 9.90 on beam and tied a career-high on floor (9.95). Ashley Ellsberry tied a career-high with a 9.925 on floor and set career highs on vault (9.8) and bars (9.875). Kari Muth set a career-high on beam (9.9) and tied a career best on bars (9.9). Ashley Kelly posted career highs in all four events: vault (9.875), bars (9.9), beam (9.95) and floor (9.825).ASU-Maui Invitational (1/3/03): ASU beat New Hampshire and San Jose State, but lost to Stanford (196.050-194.200). Ashley Kelly had a big debut, placing 3rd in the all-around (38.975).
ASU's John Spini Collects Home Win No. 154 --ASU head coach John Spini, in his 23rd year, now has 154 career victories at home, with the UNO's Classic wins over No. 25 California and Rutgers being Nos. 150 and 151.
Sun Devils Hot In All-Around --ASU posted the top 11 all-Around scores in school history this season in 14 meets (and 18 of the top 23). Maggie Germaine owns seven of the scores. Ashley Kelly owns seven, including the school record while Ashley Ellsberry posted four.ASU Top All-Around Scores Of All-Time:39.875 Ashley Kelly vs. Kentucky 3/21/0339.775 Maggie Germaine vs. UCLA 2/16/03 39.550 Ashley Kelly vs. Pac-10's 3/29/0339.750 Ashley Kelly vs. California, Rutgers 2/28/03 Maggie Germaine vs. San Jose State 3/14/0339.675 Ashley Ellsberry vs. Kentucky 3/21/03 Maggie Germaine vs. Stanford 2/21/0339.625 Ashley Kelly vs. Boise State 3/7/03 Ashley Kelly vs. Washington 1/17/03 Ashley Kelly vs. UCLA 2/16/03 Maggie Germaine vs. San Jose State 3/14/03 Maggie Germaine vs. Arizona 1/31/03 Amy Shelton ??/97 Maggie Germaine vs. Washington 1/17/03 39.525 Laura Moon vs. Cal, BSU, Santa Barbara 2/23/0039.600 Ashley Ellsberry vs. Arizona 1/31/03 39.500 Ashley Ellsberry vs. Washington 1/17/03 Ashley Ellsberry vs. Utah 1/26/03 Laura Moon vs. Arizona 3/2/0039.575 Maggie Germaine vs. Utah (1/24/03 39.475 Ashley Kelly vs. Arizona 1/31/03 Meagan Wright vs Washington 1/31/97 Meagan Wright vs. Neb., Cal, Utah St., 2/16/96
Sun Devil Team Sizzling In 2003 --ASU posted four of the top six team scores in history in '03.1. Kentucky (3/21/03) 198.275 3. UNO's Classic (2/28/03) 197.8252. UCLA (2/16/03) 198.150 4. @ Utah (1/24/03) 197.4503. Arizona (3/1/02) 197.850 @ Arizona (3/2/01) 197.450
Sun Devils Posted Top Event Scores,Too --Vault High: Record high this year, 49.650 vs. Kentucky (3/21/03)Bars High: Record high this year, 49.500 vs. Kentucky (3/21/03)Beam High: National high in 2003; ASU Record high in 2003, 49.875 vs. UCLA (2/16/03)Floor High: Record high this year, 49.725 vs. Kentucky (3/21/03)
Ashley Ellsberry (Senior)Named 2nd-team All-American by coaches, placing 5th on beam (9.875) at nationals ... T-4th on floor at NE Regional (9.925) ... T-4th on beam (9.925) and T-9th on floor (9.925) at Pac-10's ... career-high all-around (39.675, 2nd) and vault (9.9) vs. UK ... 3rd on vault (9.875) vs. San Jose St. ... 3rd on floor (9.95) vs. Boise State ... won 1st on bars (9.975, ch), beam (9.95) and floor (9.975, ch) in UNO's Classic ... scored 38.45 in the all-around at Stanford ... set career-highs on vault (9.875), beam (10.0, T -1st) and floor (9.925, T) vs. UCLA ... tied for 2nd (9.875) on bars at OSU ... at UA, tied career highs on vault (9.85), beam (9.95, 1st) and all-around (39.6) ... at Utah, posted career-high 39.6, winning the all-around ... won on beam (9.95, tied ch) and was 2nd on bars (9.925, ch) ... placed 3rd on vault (9.85, ch) ... set three career-highs against UW ... tied a career-high on floor (9.925, 2nd) and set highs on vault (9.8) and bars (9.875, T-4th) ... tied for 2nd on beam ... posted a 39.5 all-around vs. UW, which was a career-best and tied for 6th-best all-time ... posted 38.4 (7th) all-around at the Maui.
Cassidy Vreeke (Senior)Tied career-high on vault (9.95) vs. UK, placing 2nd ... 2nd on vault (9.925) vs. SJSU ... tied with Maggie Germaine for 1st on floor with her first perfect 10.0 vs. Boise State ... 2nd on vault (9.95) vs. Boise State ... 3rd on floor (9.925) in UNO's Classic ... tied for 4th on floor (9.9) at Stanford ... tied career-highs on beam (9.925) and floor (9.95, 1st) vs. UCLA ... tied for 1st (9.875) on vault at OSU ... tied for 1st on vault (9.925, tied ch) with Jada Cox at Arizona ... tied for 3rd on vault at Utah (9.85) and tied for 4th on floor (9.9) ... set season-highs on vault (9.9), beam (9.875) and floor (9.875) versus UW ... tied for 3rd on floor and tied for 2nd on vault vs. UW ... finished 3rd on vault at Maui (9.8) ... posted a 9.85 on floor, which tied for 3rd with Maggie Germaine.
Margaret Wojciak (Senior)5th on bars (9.875) vs. SJSU ... 2nd on bars (9.9) vs. Boise St. ... placed 6th on bars (9.875) vs. UCLA ... scored a 9.825 on bars at Arizona ... did not compete this year until Utah (hyperextended knee).
Jada Cox (Junior)7th on vault (9.825) vs. SJSU ... tied for 3rd (vault, 9.9) vs. Boise St. ... tied for 1st on vault (9.925, tied ch) at UA with Vreeke ... scored a 9.8 vault at Utah (T-8th).
Carla DeMartini (Junior)T-16th on vault (9.75) at NCAAs ... T-4th on vault (9.825) at Regionals ... T-3rd on vault (9.875) vs. SJSU ... tied for 3rd on vault (9.9) vs. Boise St. ... tied for 6th on vault (9.875) vs. UCLA ... best meet of the season at Utah, won the vault (9.925) ... also scored 9.875 on bars (T-3rd) ... scored season-high 9.85 on vault vs. UW ... posted 9.7 (vault), 9.7 (bars) and 9.65 (floor) at Maui.
Maggie Germaine (Junior)T-8th on floor (9.85) at NCAAs ... T-4th on vault (9.825), T-9th on bars (9.825), T-9th on beam (9.85)and T-8th on floor (9.9) at Regionals (5th AA, 39.4) ... T-3rd on floor (9.975) and T-11th on beam (9.875) at Pac-10's ... won AA (39.55) vs. SJSU and scored 10.0 on floor, her 4th of the year and 2nd on floor ... scored two 10.0s vs. Boise St. (vault/floor) ... T-1st on vault (9.95, ch) and beam (9.95) in UNO's
Classic ... 2nd in AA at Stanford (39.55) ... tied for 1st on floor (9.95) ... won all-around vs. UCLA, posting career-best and school record 39.775 ... posted 10.0 on beam, placing 1st ... tied for 1st on floor (9.95) vs. UCLA ... 2nd on bars (9.925) ... won AA at OSU (39.4), the 10th-best score in ASU annals ... tied for 1st on floor (9.925) at OSU ... tied her own school record, set this year vs. UW, at UA with all-around of 39.625 (1st) ... tied a career-high on bars (9.95, T-1st) and floor (9.975, 1st) ... at Utah, placed 2nd on vault (9.875) and 3rd on floor (9.925) ... won all-around vs. UW with a career-high 39.625, the best-ever in ASU history to date ... scored career-highs on bars (9.875, T-4th), beam (9.9, T-2nd) and floor (9.95, 1st) vs. UW ... vault score of 9.9 tied for 2nd ... at Maui, scored a 9.8 on bars, T-3rd ... posted a 9.85 on floor, tying for 3rd with Cassidy Vreeke.
Amber Giorgianni (Junior)Career-high 9.875 on bars vs. UK ... 3rd on beam (9.9) vs. SJSU ... 6th on beam (9.9) in UNO's Classic ... set career-high on beam (9.95), T-5th vs. UCLA ... T-3rd on beam (9.875) at UA ... 7th on bars at Utah (9.85) ... competed on beam (9.85, sh) and bars (9.125, fall) against UW ... scored 9.725 (ch) on bars at Maui.
Trisha Dixon (Sophomore)Will miss the 2003 season while rehabilitating a chronic back problem.
Kari Muth (Sophomore)T-12th on bars (9.8) at NE Regional ... 2nd on bars (9.9) vs. UK ... T-1st on bars (9.925, ch), 2nd on floor (9.95, ch) and beam (9.925) vs. SJSU ... 4th on bars (9.875) in UNO's ... T-4th on floor (9.9) at Stanford ... set career-high on beam (9.975) and was 4th vs. UCLA ... T-3rd on beam (9.8) at OSU ... scored 9.85 on bars and beam at UA ... 1st on bars (9.9, t-ch) and T-2nd on beam (9.9, t-ch) vs. UW.
Ashley Kelly (Freshman)T-11th on beam (9.825) at NCAAs ... won beam (9.925), T-1st on bars (9.9) and placed 3rd in AA (39.45) at Regionals ... 6th (39.55) in AA at Pac-10's (9.925 beam T-4th) ... set school record AA (39.875) vs. Kentucky and posted first two 10.0's of her career (vault/bars) ... 1st on beam (9.975) and T-1st on bars (9.925) vs. SJSU ... won AA vs. Boise St. (39.625), tying the 3rd-best score in history ... won AA in UNO's Classic with career-high 39.75, setting or tying career-highs in four events ... 3rd in all-around at Stanford (39.35) ... T-1st on beam (9.95) ... scored a career-high AA (39.625) vs. UCLA, placing 2nd ... tied career-best on beam (9.95) and set one on floor (9.9) ... T-2nd on bars (9.925) vs. UCLA ... placed 3rd in AA at OSU (39.175) ... tied career-highs on bars (9.95, T-1st) and floor (9.875, T-3rd) at UA ... at Utah (9.875 on beam T-4th; 9.825 on floor and vault) and placed 5th in the AA (38.9) ... at UW, set career-highs in all events: vault (9.875, 6th), bars (9.9, T-1st), beam (9.95, 1st) and floor (9.825, 5th) and 39.55 AA score was career-best (2nd) ... great debut at Maui, posting a 38.975 AA score.
Lauren Powell (Freshman)Will miss the entire 2003 season while rehabilitating a dislocated elbow.
Shaena Friedman (Freshman)Posted a 9.8 on vault in an exhibition in UNO's Classic ... scored 9.75 on vault at UA ... scored a career-high on vault (9.7) vs. UW.
Sarah Zigler (Freshman)Walk-on who has not competed thus far in 2003.
Tiffany Van Dusen (Freshman)T-3rd on floor (9.825) vs. SJSU ... posted a 9.9 (ch) floor in UNO's.