Gymnasts Open 2005 Season Friday At The Maui Invitational

Jan. 4, 2005

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This Week --Arizona State University will open its 30th season of gymnastics this Friday, January 7 at the Maui Invitational. Competing against ASU will be Maryland, Boise State and Alsaka-Anchorage. The Sun Devils are coached by veteran coach John Spini, who is beginning his 25th season at ASU. He is ASU's longest-tenured head coach, tying former men's basketball coach Ned Wulk (25) and men's gymnastics coach Don Robinson (25) for third on the all-time Sun Devil list. The Sun Devils feature one senior in Mesa, Arizona product Kari Muth, defending national balance beam champion Ashley Kelly (Jr., York, Pa.) and junior Lauren Powell (Feeding Hills, Mass.).

ASU In The Rankings --ASU debuted at No. 9 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released Jan. 3. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the NCAA crown with 608 votes and 15 first-place bids. ASU received 387 votes and is neighbored in the standings by No. 3 Stanford (554), No. 12 Oregon State (280) and No. 13 Arizona (264). Washington (21st, 117) and California (25th, 86) round 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 eight of the nation's top 25 teams in 2005, according to the preseason coaches poll. Of the squads the Sun Devils will meet in 2005, UCLA is No. 1, Stanford is No. 3, Utah is No. 5, Oregon State is No. 12, Arizona is No. 13, Penn State is No. 19, Washington is No. 21 and California is No. 25. Four of those meetings are at home in Wells Fargo Arena.

Spini To Notch 300th Career Victory --25th-year head coach John Spini will most likely notch his 300th career victory at this week's Maui Invitational Friday. ASU faces Maryland, Boise State and Alaska-Anchorage and a win over just one of them will be his 300th. Spini enters the 2005 campaign with 299 career wins. His regular-season record is 299-109-2 over 24 seasons. His home won-loss mark is 160-22-1.

Last Year --Placed 9th at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA) with a score of 196.325 ... qualified for nationals for the 10th time in the past 14 seasons, including six of the last eight ... compiled a 10-6 regular-season record, including a 6-1 mark at Wells Fargo Arena ...head coach John Spini is one win shy of 300 regular-season victories, sporting a 299-109-2 career regular-season mark ... began ranked as low as No. 24 and was even out of the poll at one time, but moved up to as high as No. 17 to end the campaign ... a record-setting year for perfect 10.0 scores as ASU posted 10's 13 times, led by senior Maggie Germaine and sophomore Ashley Kelly with five each while freshman Cassandra Jusino and junior Kari Muth each had one ...in comparison, ASU had recorded perfect 10's on 24 occasions during its 28-year history prior to 2004 ... the previous school record was eight 10's (2003) ... set the all-time team high score of 198.45 in a win over Eastern Michigan ... set the all-time event records on uneven bars (49.6 vs. EMU on 3/5/04) and on the floor exercise (49.825 vs. Arizona on 2/27/04) ... Kelly tied for fourth in the all-around competition in the team portion of the NCAA Championships ... her 39.575 was compiled by finishing T-10th on floor (9.90), T-1st on beam (9.9), T-16th on bars (9.875) and T-7th on vault (9.9) ...Kelly was the national champion on beam as an individual at the NCAA's ...she became the ninth Sun Devil to win a national title and the fourth on beam ... with her beam performance, she was named a first-team all-American for the first time in her career ... Kelly also was named a first-team all-American in the all-around and a second-team all-American on vault and on the floor exercise ... she tied an ASU school record of five straight all-around titles during the season ... Kelly tied her school record all-around score of 39.825 vs. Arizona on 2/27/04 ... a No. 3 seed, ASU finished second at the Central Regional Championships in Baton Rouge, La. (LSU), thus earning the NCAA berth ... Kelly placed second in the all-around (39.625) at Regionals ... Kelly tied for first on vault (9.95), won beam (9.95) and tied third on floor (9.875) ...ASU tied for fourth (196.775 at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships ...had one Pac-10 Conference Gymnast of the week (Kelly, 3/8) ... Maggie Germaine won a Pacific-10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship.

ASU Versus The Maui Field --ASU leads the series with Maryland 3-0 with two victories coming at home and one on a neutral floor. The Sun Devils are 10-1 all-time versus Boise State. ASU is 6-0 against BSU at home and 2-1 away. It is the first meeting between ASU and Alaska-Anchorage.

April Boone (Sophomore)Tied for 15th on vault (9.85) at the NCAA Nationals at UCLA ... tied for 36th (9.8) on floor at nationals ... placed ninth on vault (9.725) versus Oregon State ... was eighth (9.75) on vault at UCLA ... set career-high on vault (9.825) in a three-way meet against California, San Jose State and Utah State, good for a tie for fourth-place ... in her college debut versus Stanford, posted a 9.8 on vault and placed fourth.

Donna Chance (Sophomore)Placed ninth on vault (9.725) versus Oregon State ... was eighth (9.75) on vault at UCLA ... set career-high on vault (9.825) in a three-way meet versus California, San Jose State and Utah State, good for tie for fourth ... in her college debut versus Stanford at ASU, posted a 9.8 on vault and placed fourth.

Josie Hancock (Freshman)ASU: Talented gymnast in the 2004 freshman class ... will work in three events for the Sun Devils in 2004 ... recovering from a torn labrum in her shoulder, thus she will not work on bars this season ... if healthy, can be a major factor in the 2004 campaign.High School: A 2004 graduate of Mountain View High School, Mesa, Arizona ... also attended Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington and Red Mountain High School in Mesa ... competed for the Desert Devils Gymnastics Club, Gymnastics East and Puget Sound Gymnastics ... was the 2004 Desert Devils Team Leader ... placed second on floor and vault and ninth on bars and sixth on beam at the 2003 level 10 nationals ... also placed third in the all-around in that meet ... was a Junior Olympic National Team Member ... was the 2003 Arizona state vault and floor champion ...Personal: Major is undecided ... wants to work in nutrition ... parents are Michael (graphic designer) and Helen Hancock of Mesa, Arizona ... has six siblings ... enjoys scrapbooking, running, dancing, reading, writing and being around friends and family ... lists her most exciting moment in sports as competing in the 2003 nationals ... also speaks Spanish ... full name is Josephine Marie Hancock.

Cassandra Jusino (Sophomore)Tied for 11th on vault (9.875) at the NCAA Championships at UCLA ...tied for 22nd there on bars (9.825), tied for 32nd on beam (9.725) and tied for 40th on floor (9.75) ... placed 15th in the all-around (39.175) at nationals ... placed 14th in the all-around at the NCAA Central Regionals in Baton Rouge, La. ... tied for ninth on vault (9.875), tied for 18th on bars (9.775), tied for 35th on beam (9.35) and was 40th on floor (9.7) at regionals ... tied for 10th in the all-around (39.425) at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Tucson ... placed fourth on floor (9.95) at Pac-10's ... set a career-high 9.975 (second) on bars versus Minnesota ... established a career-high 39.625 in the all-around versus Eastern Michigan and placed second ... tied for first on bars (9.925) against Eastern Michigan ... scored first 10.0 of career on vault versus Arizona ... tied for third on bars (9.9) in the UNO's Classic at ASU ... posted a career-high 39.45 all-around, placing third versus Washington ... tied a career-high on beam (9.875, third) versus the Huskies ... took second on vault (9.875) and floor (9.950, career-high) and tied for second on bars (9.925, career-high) versus Oregon State ... tied for fourth in the all around (39.050) at UCLA ... placed 10th on vault (9.7), tied for seventh on bars (9.775), tied for 10th on beam (9.8) and tied for eighth on floor (9.775) at UCLA ... set career-highs on bars (9.825) and floor (9.9) at California three-way meet with Cal, San Jose State and Utah State ... placed second on floor there as well ... placed third (39.35) in the all-around versus Stanford ... won the vault (9.825), the first event of her career ... placed third (9.85) on floor tied for third (9.85) on beam and sixth (9.825) on bars in that meet.

Ashley Kelly (Sophomore)Won the national title on balance beam at nationals at UCLA, scoring a 9.95 ... finished tied for seventh on vault at nationals (9.9), tied for 16th on bars (9.875), tied for 10th on floor (9.9) and tied for fourth in the all-around (39.575 ... 2nd in all-around at NCAA Central Regionals (39.625) ... T-1st on vault (9.95), 1st on beam (9.95) and T-3rd on floor (9.875) ... T-5th in AA at Pac-10's (39.625) ... T-1st on beam (9.95) ... T-6th on bars (9.9) and vault (9.9) ... tied school record with(9.95) and tied for 1st on floor (9.875) in Lincoln ... won 7th AA title of career (39.875) vs. UA ... tied own school record AA vs. UA ... posted two 10.0's on fifth straight AA title (39.85) vs. Minnesota ... posted two 10.0's (vault/beam) vs. UM ... 10.0 on vault was her third while beam was her second ... won 9th all-around title of career (39.8) vs. EMU ... won beam (10.0), vault (9.95) and bars (T-9.925) in that meet ... posted first 10.0 on beam of career vs. EMU ... won 8th all-around title of career (39.55) at Masters Classic, tying for first ... won bars, vault and floor in that meet ... won all five events vs. UA ... won the 6th AA title (39.75) of her career in UNO's Classic, despite illness ... won beam (9.975) and bars (9.925) in that meet ... 3rd on vault (9.875) and floor (9.975) in UNO's ... at UW, placed 4th in all-around (38.975) ... won 5th AA title (39.575) vs. OSU (1st on beam, 9.95, 2nd on bars, 9.925) ... 3rd in AA (39.5) at UCLA ... T-2nd on vault (9.85), 5th on bars (9.85) and 4th on beam (9.9) and floor (9.9) there ... at Cal, tied for 1st on bars (9.9) and beam (9.9) and 3rd on vault (9.875) ... vs. Stanford, won the all-around (39.525) ... 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 3rd in the all-around (39.665), 6th on beam (9.945) and T-14th on bars (9.92).

Lisa Lanza (Sophomore)Did not compete in 2004.

Kari Muth (Senior)Made the First-Team Pacific-10 Conference All-Adacemic squad with a 3.96 in finance ... recorded her first career 10.0 on beam (1st-place) versus Minnesota ... her 9.9 on bars versus Minnesota tied for fourth-place ... scored first 10.0 of career on floor (tied for 1st-place) versus Eastern Michigan and tied for 1st on bars (9.925) ... tied for 1st-place on bars (9.925) versus Arizona ... tied for fifth on beam (9.8) in UNO's Classic at ASU ... placed sixth on bars (9.825) against Washington ... won bars (9.95, career-high) and was fifth on floor (9.9) and second on beam (9.85) versus Oregon State ... tied for 10th on bars (9.725), tied for 10th on beam (9.8, season-high) and tied for fifth on floor (9.825, season-high) at UCLA ... tied for seventh (9.775) on beam versus Stanford.

Lauren Powell (Junior)Tied for 15th on beam (9.8) at nationals ... was ASU's second highest finisher on beam at NCAAs ... placed 38th on bars at nationals (9.725) ... tied a career high on floor (9.925) and tied for fifth versus Minnesota ... tied for first on bars (9.925) against Eastern Michigan University with a career-high ... set a career high on beam (9.9) versus EMU ... established a career-high on floor (9.925) versus Arizona ... set a career-high 9.9 on floor in the UNO's Classic ... returned for the Washington meet, scoring 9.4 on beam ... missed the Oregon State and UCLA/Cal State-Fullerton meets with a dislocated shoulder ... established a career-high on the floor (9.825), tying for sixth at California ... posted a 9.825 on bars and tied for seventh against the Golden Bears ... performed in her first meet since becoming a Sun Devil in the season opener versus Stanford ... also placed seventh on beam (9.775) and fifth on bars (9.875) in that meet.

Taryn Shockley (Freshman)ASU: Capable of doing well on floor for ASU ... need to become physically stronger to compete in additional events ... being counted upon by the coaching staff on the floor exercise.High School: A 2004 graduate of McQueen High School, Reno, Nevada ... member of the Flips USA Gymnastics Club along with ASU teammate Karissa Vossler .... Placed 25th in the all-around at level 10 nationals in 2002 ... also placed fifth on floor and eighth on beam at level 10 nationals in 2002.Personal: Major is undecided ... born February 1, 1986 in Fort Worth, Texas ... parents are John (environmental manager) and Kim (station trainer, America West Airlines) Shockley of Reno, Nevada ... has a brother, Zachary ... enjoys shopping, dancing and music ... lists signing her national letter of intent with ASU as her most exciting moment in sports ... full name is Taryn Ann Shockley.

Karissa Vossler (Freshman)ASU: Was to work the all-around for ASU, but injured her knee in the preseason workouts and will miss the entire 2005 campaign ... a consistent athlete with great skills ... a strong vaulter.High School: A 2004 graduate of Reed High School, Sparks, Nevada ... competed for the Flips USA club in Reno ... placed third in the all-around at level 10 nationals in 2004 ... placed fourth on vault, fourth on floor at level 10 nationals in 2004 ... was the Region I vault champion in 2003 and 2004.Personal: Major is business ... born December 15, 1985 in Watsonville, California ... parents are Pete and Janet Vossler of Sparks, Nevada ... has one brother, Trei (22) ... enjoys shopping and dancing ... lists her most exciting moment in sports as signing her national letter of intent with ASU and placing third in the all-around at level 10 nationals ... full name is Karissa Marie Vossler.

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