No. 5 Gymnasts Open Home Season Friday Versus No. 11 Washington

Jan. 11, 2005

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This Week --Arizona State University will open its 30th home season of gymnastics this Friday, January 14 at Wells Fargo Arena versus No. 11 Washington at 7:30 p.m. The Sun Devils, ranked No. 5 in this week's poll (based upon team score), are coached by veteran mentor John Spini, who is in 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 holds a 17-6 regular season won-loss record against the Huskies, including a perfect 11-0 mark at home. ASU is 41-11 all-time versus UW. Last year, ASU lost at Washington, 197.325-193.075 in a sub-par performance. The Sun Devils then defeated the Huskies in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships with ASU tying for fourth (196.775) and UW placing sixth (196.425).

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 was 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) rounded out the list of Pac-10 teams in the top-25. ASU is No. 5 this week while UCLA is No. 2, Oregon State No. 8, Washington No. 11 and Arizona No. 21. 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 was No. 1, Stanford was No. 3, Utah was No. 5, Oregon State was No. 12, Arizona was No. 13, Penn State was No. 19, Washington was No. 21 and California was No. 25 in the preseason coaches poll. Four of those meetings are at home in Wells Fargo Arena.

Spini Notches 300th Career Victory, And More --25th-year head coach John Spini notched his 300th career victory at last week's Maui Invitational. ASU defeated Maryland, Boise State and Alaska-Anchorage as Spini garnered his 300th, 301st and 302nd career victories. Spini entered the 2005 campaign with 299 career wins. His regular-season record is 302-109-2 over 24-plus seasons. His home won-loss mark is 160-22-1.

2005 Results --1/7/05 -- Maui Invitational -- Lauren Powell won the all-around title (39.375) in her first career attempt at the all-around and coach John Spini won his 300th, 301st and 302nd career meets as ASU (195.7) swept the Maui Invitational field, Maryland (193.975), Alaska-Anchorage (191.275) and Boise State (190.9). Powell won vault (9.9, tying a career-high), tied for second on beam (9.875) and tied for third on bars (9.825). Ashley Kelly was second (38.975) in the all-around after falling on bars. Kelly won beam (9.925) and floor (9.975). Cassandra Jusino placed third (38.85) in the all-around, tying for third on vault (9.825). She took second on floor (9.95), tying a career-high. April Boone won the first event of her ASU career with a 9.85 on bars. She tied for first with BSU's Lindsay Ward. Boone also tied for third (9.9) on floor.

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, sporting299-109-2 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 In The National Rankings --The Sun Devils are ranked No. 5 in the second poll of the 2005 season ... ASU is 5th on floor (49.325), 3rd on beam (49.225), 15th on vault (48.65) and tied for 18th on bars (48.5).

April Boone (Sophomore)Won the first event of her brief college career, tying for first on the uneven bars (9.85) with Boise State's Lindsay Ward at the Maui Invitational ... placed fifth in the all-around (38.075) at Maui, the first all-around competition of her college career ... tied for third (9.9) on floor at Maui ... ranked tied for 11th on uneven bars (9.85) ... ranked tied for 19th nationally on floor (9.9).

Donna Chance (Sophomore)Posted a 9.45 on vault at the Maui Invitational.

Josie Hancock (Freshman)Posted a 9.85 on balance beam at the Maui Invitational, good for sixth ... ranked tied for 17th (9.85) nationally on beam.

Cassandra Jusino (Sophomore)Placed third (38.85) in the all-around at the Maui Invite ... tied for third on vault (9.825) at Maui ... took second-place on floor with a 9.95, tying a career-high ... ranked 22nd nationally in the all-around (38.8) and is tied for fourth on floor (9.95).

Ashley Kelly (Sophomore)Placed second in the all-around (38.975) at the Maui Invite ... won two events at Maui, beam (9.925) and floor (9.975) ... was second on vault (9.85) at Maui ... nationally, ranked 19th in the all-around (38.975), tied for second on floor (9.975), tied for third on beam (9.925) and tied for 22nd on vault (9.85).

Lisa Lanza (Sophomore)Posted a 9.775 on bars at the Maui invite, her first competitive event at ASU.

Kari Muth (Senior)Scored 9.8 on beam, 9.75 on bars and 9.675 on floor at the Maui Invite.

Lauren Powell (Junior)In her first meet competing as an all-arounder, won at the Maui Invite posting a 39.375 ... won the vault (9.9, tied a career-high) and tied for second on beam (9.875) at Maui ... also tied for third on bars (9.825) ... posted a 9.775 on floor ... nationally, ranked 9th in the all-around (39.375), tied for 9th on beam (9.875), 5th on vault (9.9) and tied for 23rd on bars (9.825).

Taryn Shockley (Freshman)In her first college meet, posted a 9.725 on floor at the Maui Invite.

Karissa Vossler (Freshman)Out for the 2005 season with a knee injury suffered in the preseason.

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