3-1 Gymnasts On The Road Again

Jan. 26, 2004

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This Week --The 3-1 and 19th-ranked Arizona State University Sun Devils travel to Los Angeles, California to face 2004 Pacific-10 Conference favorite and No. 6 ranked UCLA and Cal-State Fullerton in a meet this Sunday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. MT. The Bruins are 2-2, coming off a dual meet win over Minnesota (197.55-195-325). Fullerton has a record of 1-2. UCLA holds an all-time regular season won-loss edge of 18-16 over ASU (plus a 48-30 overall slate). The Bruins have won six straight versus the Devils. The Sun Devils sport a 16-12 series record with CS Fullerton, including seven wins in a row.

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 NCAA 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. This week, with the rankings based upon total season average, ASU is ranked 19th. 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 was No. 1, Utah was No. 4, Stanford was No. 6, Nebraska was No. 8, Oregon State was No. 11, Washington was No. 15, Arizona was No. 17, California was No. 21 and Minnesota was No. 22. Six of those meetings are at home in Wells Fargo Arena.

Last Week --ASU went on the road for the first time in 2004 and turned in a sub-par performance, finishing second of four at the University of California Invitational meet Friday. Host Cal won the meet, scoring 195.95. The Sun Devils were second (194.25), followed by Utah State (194.15) and San Jose State (193.875). ASU suffered numerous falls, including one on vault by senior Maggie Germaine (8.525), two on balance beam by senior Amber Giorgianni (9.125) and freshman Cassandra Jusino (9.2) and one on floor by Ashley Kelly (9.25). ASU's top finisher on vault was Kelly with a 9.85, good for third-place. Kelly tied for first on the uneven bars with a 9.9 with Cal's Dodd and Utah State's Alexandra Martin. Kelly and Dodd tied for first again on balance beam with 9.9's. This discipline is where ASU suffered two falls on the third and fourth routines by Giorgianni and Jusino. Sophomore Lauren Powell posted a 9.725 while teammates Kari Muth scored a 9.675 and Germaine a 9.625. Jusino placed second on floor (9.9).

Meet Highlights In 2004 --ASU-Cal/SJSU/Utah State(1/23/04): ASU went on the road for the first time in 2004 and turned in a sub-par performance, finishing second of four at the University of California Invitational meet Friday. Host Cal won the meet, scoring 195.95. The Sun Devils were second (194.25), followed by Utah State (194.15) and San Jose State (193.875). ASU suffered numerous falls, including one on vault by senior Maggie Germaine (8.525), two on balance beam by senior Amber Giorgianni (9.125) and freshman Cassandra Jusino (9.2) and one on floor by Ashley Kelly (9.25). ASU's top finisher on vault was Kelly with a 9.85, good for third-place. Kelly tied for first on the uneven bars with a 9.9 with Cal's Dodd and Utah State's Alexandra Martin. Kelly and Dodd tied for first again on balance beam with 9.9's. This discipline is where ASU suffered two falls on the third and fourth routines by Giorgianni and Jusino. Sophomore Lauren Powell posted a 9.725 while teammates Kari Muth scored a 9.675 and Germaine a 9.625. Jusino placed second on floor (9.9).ASU-Stanford (1/18/04): In the season opener for ASU, the Sun Devils upset No. 6-ranked Stanford, 195.825-195.500 at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory snapped a nine-meet losing streak against Stanford and was the first win since the April, 2000 Pacific-10 Championships which were hosted by ASU in Wells Fargo Arena. Freshman Cassandra Jusino capped a marvelous college debut by finishing third in the all-around (39.35) and winning the vault title (9.825). She placed third in both the floor exercise (9.85) and the balance beam (9.85). Jusino averaged 9.8375 in four events in her first career meet. Sophomore Ashley Kelly won all-around honors, scoring a 39.525. Kelly won the beam (9.9) and bars (9.95) titles and placed second on floor (9.9). Sophomore Lauren Powell, who missed the entire 2003 campaign with an elbow injury, placed fifth on bars (9.875), sixth on floor (9.8) and seventh on beam (9.775). No career highs were set by returning gymnasts in the meet.

ASU In The National Team & Individual Rankings --As a team, ASU is ranked 19th this week, based upon season average score (195.037) ... the Sun Devils are ranked 22nd nationally on the balance beam (48.637) ... ASU is ranked 14th on the uneven bars (48.887) ... ASU is 20th on floor (49.012) ... sophomore Ashley Kelly is tied for 7th (9.9) on balance beam ... Kelly is also T-4th (9.925) on uneven bars.

Spini Now Has 155 Career Home Wins --ASU head coach John Spini, now in his 24th year, has compiled 155 career victories at home, with the 2003 UNO's Classic wins over No. 25 California and Rutgers being Nos. 150 and 151. Last Week's win over No. 6 Stanford was No. 155.

Jada Cox (Senior)Tied for 4th on vault (9.825) at Cal ... finished seventh (9.7) on vault and 8th (9.675) on floor vs. Stanford.

Carla DeMartini (Senior)Suffered a fall on bars (9.2) at Cal ... competed on uneven bars vs. Stanford, placing tied for 9th (9.65).

Maggie Germaine (Senior)With a sub-par routine on bars, scored a 37.825 in the all-around at Cal ... tied for 4th on vault (9.825) and was 5th on floor (9.85) at Cal ... placed 4th (38.825) in the all-around vs. Stanford ... was 3rd on bars (9.9) and beam (9.85) in that meet ... also placed 5th on floor (9.825) and 12th on vault (9.25, fall) ... her uneven bars score of 9.9 is tied for 14th-best in the nation this year ... not at full strength yet, nursing an ankle problem.

Amber Giorgianni (Senior)Fell on beam (9.125) at Cal ... placed 11th on the balance beam (9.7) vs. Stanford on Jan. 18.

Kari Muth (Junior)Scored 9.825 on bars and 9.675 on beam at Cal ... placed tied for 7th (9.775) on the beam vs. Stanford ... posted a 9.4 on floor to place 11th and a 9.225 (fall) on bars for an 11th-place finish.

Ashley Kelly (Sophomore)One of ASU's lone bright spots at Cal, finishing tied for 1st on bars (9.9) and beam (9.9) and 3rd on vault (9.875) ... 4th (38.9) in all-around at Cal ... had her usual stellar performance vs. Stanford, placing first in the all-around (39.525) competition ... it was her fourth all-around title while at ASU ... won bars (9.95) and tied for first on beam (9.9) ... placed 2nd on floor (9.9) and placed 5th on vault (9.775) ... nationally, ranks tied for 4th on bars (9.925) and is tied for 7th on beam (9.9) ... one of the top gymnasts in the nation ... very consistent.

Lauren Powell (Sophomore)Established a career-high on the floor (9.825) tying for 6th at Cal ... 9.825 on bars tied for 7th ... performed in her first meet since becoming a Sun Devil ... placed 6th (9.8) on floor vs. Stanford ... also placed 7th on beam (9.775) and 5th on bars (9.875) ... missed the entire 2003 season while rehabilitating a dislocated elbow.

Shaena Friedman (Sophomore)Scored a 9.725 on vault in an exhibition vs. Stanford ... if she was in the lineup, would have finished 7th in that meet.

April Boone (Freshman)Fell on vault at Cal (9.25) ... posted a 9.325 on vault vs. Stanford.

Donna Chance (Freshman)Set career-high on vault (9.825) vs. Cal/SJSU/USU, good for tie for 4th ... in her college debut vs. Stanford, posted a 9.8 on vault and placed 4th.

Cassandra Jusino (Freshman)Set career-highs on bars (9.825) and floor (9.9) at Cal ... placed 2nd on floor ... suffered falls on vault (9.25) and beam (9.2) for an all-around score of 38.175 ... had as impressive a college debut as Ashley Kelly did one year ago ... placed 3rd (39.35) in the all-around vs. Stanford ... won the vault (9.825), the first event of her career ... placed 3rd (9.85) on floor tied for 3rd (9.85) on beam and 6th (9.825) on uneven bars ... averaged 9.8375 in four events in her debut ... ranked tied for 25th in the nation in the all-around ... a dynamic all-around gymnast.

Lisa Lanza (Freshman)Did not compete in the meets vs. Stanford and Cal/SJSU/USU.

A Year Ago (2003) --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 recordin 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).

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