Gymnasts Open 2004 Season Sunday

Jan. 12, 2004

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This Week --Ninth-ranked Arizona State begins its 29th season of women's gymnastics Sunday, January 18 hosting No. 6 Stanford at 12 noon at Wells Fargo Arena. Last year, ASU compiled a 10-4 won-loss record during the regular season before placing third at the Pac-10 Conference Championships and ninth at the NCAA Championships. Sunday's meet with Stanford will be the only time the two teams will meet in the '04 regular season. The Sun Devils lost all four meetings to the Cardinal last year. Stanford is coached by former Spini assistant coach Kristen Smyth.

ASU In The Rankings --Arizona State debuted at No. 9 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released Dec. 14. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the crown with 938 votes and 27 first-place bids. ASU received 628 votes and was neighbored in the standings by No. 6 Stanford (751), No. 11 Oregon State (447) and No. 15 Washington (370). Arizona (17th, 290) and California (21st, 157) rounded out the list of Pac-10 teams in the top-25. For info access http://www.troester.com/gym/.

ASU Faces Nation's Finest --Arizona State will face nine (almost half) of the nation's top 22 teams in 2004 according to the preseason coaches poll. Of the squads the Sun Devils will meet in 2004, UCLA is No. 1, Utah is No. 4, Stanford is No. 6, Nebraska is No. 8, Oregon State is No. 11, Washington is No. 15, Arizona is No. 17, California is No. 21 and Minnesota is No. 22. Six of those meetings are at home in Wells Fargo Arena.

A Year Ago --Arizona State's gymnastics team put the finishing touches on a record-breaking season at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska, finishing 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. Coming into the year, the history of Sun Devil Women's Gymnastics had seen 16 perfect 10.0 scores; 2003 produced eight, including four by junior All-American Maggie Germaine. The squad recorded seven of the top 10 team scores of all time, including the top two (198.275 vs. Kentucky and 198.150 vs. UCLA), and Sun Devil gymnasts posted the top 11 all-around scores in school history, including 18 of the top 23.The team set all-time event records on vault (49.650), bars (49.500), beam (49.875) and floor (49.725), while freshman Ashley Kelly set the school record in the all-around with a 39.875. Beginning the season ranked 15th in the nation, ASU climbed as high as No. 2 in the national polls and remained there for two weeks, in addition to a four-week stay at the national No. 3 spot.All of the mind-boggling numbers led Spini's team back to the NCAA Championships-for the ninth time in 13 seasons-and a ninth-place national finish, matching its finish from 2001. Nationals took place in Lincoln, Neb., where the squad tallied a 194.225 in the first session, placing it fourth in a group that sent the top three to the Super Six. Ashley Ellsberry earned second-team All-American honors on beam, posting a 9.875 to finish fifth, while Germaine also garnered second-team acclaim for her effort on the floor. Earning All-Pac-10 honors were Germaine (first-team all-around and floor), Ellsberry (first-team beam) and Kelly (first-team all-around). Pac-10 All-Academic honors were earned by Kari Muth (first-team), Germaine (second-team) and Cassidy Vreeke (honorable mention).

Spini Enters Campaign With 154 Home Wins --ASU head coach John Spini, now in his 24th year, has 154 career victories at home, with the 2003 UNO's Classic wins over No. 25 California and Rutgers being Nos. 150 and 151.

Jada Cox (Senior)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 (Senior)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 (Senior)T-8th on floor (9.85) at NCAAs and named 2nd-Team All-America by the Coaches Assoc. ... 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-10s ... 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 (Senior)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.

Kari Muth (Junior)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.

at that meet, posting a 37.3 ... in 2002, she won the state competition on vault (9.65), bars (9.5), beam (9.45) and floor (9.65) as well as the all-around (38.25) ... in 1999 she placed first on bars at the Junior Olympic Nationals with a 9.65 ...sported a 3.08 grade-point average at Barlow High ... at age 10 she competed at level 10 and represented her region at Nationals ... qualified forthe Junior Olympic Nationals each year as a Level 10 gymnast (1996, '97, '98 and '02) ... in 1997 she made the Junior Olympic National team at age 11 ... went to Elite status in 1999 and 2000 ... has traveled and competed in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Japan.

Lisa Lanza (Freshman)A 2003 graduate of Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, Ariz. ... competed for the Desert Devils Club of Phoenix ... coached there by Shelly and Geoff Eaton ... is the Arizona state level 10 All-Around champion in 2000 and 2001 ... was the regional bars champion in 2003 ... was the regional floor champion in 2001 ... a two-time Junior Olympic National qualifier and in 2001 she was the Region I floor champion ... in 2000 she placed second on the floor exercise in the same event.

Ashley Kelly (Sophomore)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 ASU 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 (Sophomore)Missed the entire 2003 season while rehabilitating a dislocated elbow.

Shaena Friedman (Sophomore)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.

Tiffany Van Dusen (Sophomore)T-3rd on floor (9.825) vs. SJSU ... posted a 9.9 (ch) floor in UNO's.

April Boone (Freshman)A 2003 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Seattle, Washington ... an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society ...a Level 10 gymnast, Boone placed ninth on uneven bars at the 2002 Junior Olympic National Championships ... competed in the same meet in 2000 and in the Level 10 Regional Meet in 2000 and 2002, placing first in the all-around ... placed second in the all-around in 2003 at Regionals and placed seventh at Nationals ... in 2000, competed internationally in Santiago, Chile, placing second in the all-around ... as a Level 9 competitor, she won first-place in the all-around at the 1999 Western National Junior Olympics ... in 1999 and 2001 she won the George Lewis All-Around Award ... coached by John and Tammy Carney for nine years and trains at Gymnastics East in Bellevue, Washington.

Donna Chance (Freshman)A 2003 graduate of Gilbert High School, Gilbert, Ariz. ... participated on the Desert Lights Gymnastics team ... won the Hawaii Invitational in 2003 ... also won the California Classic in 2003 ... placed sixth on the uneven bars at Western Semifinals to the Junior Olympic nationals in 2001.

Cassandra Jusino (Freshman)A 2003 graduate of Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Oregon ... a former Elite gymnast from the Multnomah Athletic Club and was coached by Meg Doxtator and Ivan Alexov ... won the all-around competition in five of nine meets, including state regionals and nationals in 2003 ... placed second in two of the other four meets that she did not win in 2003 ... her highest all-around score was 38.1 and her highest event scores were vault (9.675, twice), uneven bars (9.65 at regionals), balance beam (9.425, twice) and floor (9.7, second at nationals) ... won the vault at every meet except for second-place at regionals and third-place at nationals ... won first-place on vault with a 9.7 at the 2002 Junior Olympic Nationals and took first-place on vault with a 9.425 and on bars (9.525) at state Regionals ... also placed second in the all-around

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