NCAA South Central Region at Nebraska Awaits Arizona State University Gymnasts

April 5, 2005

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This Week --
The Arizona State University gymnastics heads to the 2005 NCAA South Central Region Championships starting at 7 p.m. CT inside Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., April 9. The Sun Devils, who are making their third regional appearance in a row, are one of six teams invited to compete in the region that features the host and top-seeded UN Cornhuskers, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Arizona, No. 4 Missouri, ASU and No. 6 Illinois, as well as several individual competitors. The regional invitation marks the seventh time in the last nine seasons the Sun Devils have advanced to the tournament and the 20th time under 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. ASU enters the regional meet following a sixth-place showing at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships held in Berkeley, Calif., March 26. Junior Ashley Kelly led the charge as the co-champion on the beam and third in the all-around.

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 moved back into the national poll last week at No. 25, but fell out this week. Four of the six teams headed to Lincoln, Neb., are currently ranked in the Top-25 including No. 4 Nebraska, No. 7 Michigan, No. 18 Missouri, and No. 19 Arizona. For info access http://www.troester.com/gym/.

ASU Faces Nation's Finest --
Arizona State faced eight of the nation's Top 25 teams in 2005, according to the preseason coaches poll. Of the squads the Sun Devils met 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 were at home in Wells Fargo Arena.

Spini Notches 300th Career Victory, And More --
25th-year head coach John Spini notched his 300th career victory in the season opener at the 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 now 306-122-2 over 24-plus seasons. His won-loss mark at home is 163-25-1.

2005 Results --
3/26/05: Pac-10s--Led by Ashley Kelly, the co-champion on the beam and third in the all-around, the Sun Devils tallied 192.975 points to finish sixth in the conference standings while UCLA captured the team title with 197.100 points. Kelly added a third place finish on the bars and April Boone finished among the Top 10 on vault, floor and all-around events.3/18/05: Utah--ASU scored a 196.6 in a loss at Utah, its best team score (and road score) of the campaign. Cassandra Jusino scored a season-high 39.3, placing sixth. April Boone tied for third on vault (9.9, tying a career-high) and floor (9.925, season-high) and was fourth in the all-around (39.4). All-American Ashley Kelly, suffering from a foot injury, competed in only two events and finished second (9.95) on beam. Josie Hancock scored a career-high (9.85) on vault and a career-best 9.875 on floor. ASU scored 49 or above in all four events for the first time in 2005. In fact, ASU had not scored a 49 or above in more than two events in any meet in `05.3/12/05: Minnesota--Junior Ashley Kelly won her 15th career all-around title with a score of 39.375 at No. 19 Minnesota, but ASU lost 195.325-195. Kelly won on beam (9.95) and tied for third on floor (9.8). She finished fourth on vault (9.8) and bars (9.825). April Boone tied for first on vault (9.85) and won on bars (9.9) in her best meet of the season. She was second on beam (9.9). Cassandra Jusino placed second on floor (9.825). ASU's beam score of 49.325 was its best of the season. ASU lost the meet on floor, where it scored a 47.925, its second-lowest of 2005.

3/4/05 : Penn State--Sophomore Cassandra Jusino won the all-around competition, scoring 39.25, but ASU lost to Penn State, 195.55-194.35. Ashley Kelly (39.025) was third. Kelly tied for first on vault (9.875) and placed second on bars (9.9). Kelly won the floor (9.9). Jusino was consistent, placing third on beam (9.775) while tying for third on bars (9.825) and vault (9.825).

2/25/05: at Stanford --Sophomore Cassandra Jusino placed second in the all-around competition with a 38.95. She tied for third on floor (9.8) and vault (9.775). Ashley Kelly placed second on floor (9.85). Junior Lauren Powell was second on balance beam (9.75). ASU posted its lowest team score of the season (191.575). ASU scored season-lows on vault (47.4) and on beam (47.675).

2/18/05: UNO's Classic --Ashley Kelly won two events en route to her 14th career all-around title. Kelly won vault (9.825) and bars (9.95) in posting a 39.275 total. April Boone tied for first in the floor exercise (9.875) with Cassandra Jusino while Kari Muth was ASU's highest finisher on beam (9.775, 2nd). Boone placed second in the all-around while Jusino was third (39.025).

2/11/05: California --Ashley Kelly won all four events en route to her 13th career all-around title (39.575) and helped ASU to a 195.55-181.5 win over California, its first Pac-10 win of the season. Kelly won vault (9.85), bars (9.9), floor (9.925) and tied for first on beam (9.9). Kari Muth shared honors with Kelly on beam (9.9). Cassandra Jusino was second (39.175) in the all-around. April Boone tied for second on vault (9.8) and was second on floor with a season-high (9.85). Lauren Powell, competing on bars only due to a foot injury, tied for second (9.875) on uneven bars. Lisa Lanza tied for third on floor (9.825) with a career-high.

2/4/05: At Oregon State --iASU lost its fourth consecutive meet to OSU, 194.3-193.325 in Corvallis. Cassandra Jusino won the all-around title with a 39.25. She tied for second on bars with a season-high 9.825. She was second on floor (9.85), fourth (9.775) on vault and tied for third on beam (9.8). Ashley Kelly won three events -- bars (9.85), beam (9.85) and vault (9.9). April Boone tied for third on beam (9.8).

1/28/05: UCLA --Ashley Kelly won two events, tying for first on beam (9.925) and winning bars (9.925) versus UCLA. Cassandra Jusino was third in the all-around with a 39.225. Jusino was second on floor (9.9) and tied for third on vault (9.825). Junior Lauren Powell was injured (ankle) on vault and did not return during the meet.

1/21/05: At Arizona -- Ashley Kelly won the 12th all-around title of her brilliant career, posting a 39.25 in a loss to Arizona (193.925-193.5). Kelly tied for 1st on vault (9.825) and on bars (9.825) with UA gymnasts. She tied for 3rd on floor (9.75) and was 2nd on beam (9.85). Lauren Powell placed 2nd (38.8) in the all-around. April Boone was 4th (9.675) on vault while Powell was 3rd (9.775) on bars. Boone tied for 3rd (9.75) on floor with Kelly. The Sun Devils team score of 48.025 on vault was a season-low.

1/14/05: Washington -- Ashley Kelly won the all-around with a 39.425, but ASU lost to UW, 193.05-192.75. Fatigued after returning from Hawaii, ASU suffered several falls, counting them on vault, beam and floor. Cassandra Jusino tied for 1st on bars (9.825) and won floor (9.875) while Kelly won beam (9.925) and vault (9.875). Kari Muth placed 3rd (38.225) in the all-around.

1/7/05: Maui Invitational -- Lauren Powell won the all-around title (39.375) in her first career attempt 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 2nd on beam (9.875) and tied for 3rd 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 3rd (38.85) in the all-around, tying for 3rd on vault (9.825). She took 2nd 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 1st with BSU's Lindsay Ward.

ASU In The National Rankings --
Although the team is not ranked in the Top 20 overall, ASU enters the weekend ranked 13th on the bars (48.965) and tied for 20th on the beam (48.800). Individually, Ashley Kelly is among the Top 25 in three events: 2nd on beam (9.935), 15th on bars (9.885) and tied for 16th in all-around (39.340).

April Boone (Sophomore)

Placed ninth in the all-around (38.675) at the Pac-10 meet and finished among the Top 10 in both the vault (9.825) and floor (9.825) ... Posted another fine meet versus Utah, placing 4th in the all-around (39.4) ... tied for third on vault (9.9, tying career-high) and on floor (9.925, season-high) ... had her best meet of the year versus No. 19 Minnesota, placing first on bars (9.9, tied career-high) and tying for first on vault (9.85) ... She placed 2nd on beam (9.9) ... 3rd on bars (9.825), 4th on floor (9.825) and 6th on vault (9.8) vs. Penn State ... 7th on vault (9.7) vs. Stanford ... placed 2nd in the all-around (39.1) in the UNO's Classic ... tied for 1st on floor (9.875), tied for third on beam (9.725) and was 2nd on vault (9.775) in that meet ... tied for 2nd (9.8) on vault and placed 2nd on floor (9.85, season-high) vs. Cal ... finished 2nd in all-around (39.075) vs. OSU ... T-3rd on beam (9.8), and was 4th on bars (9.75) and floor (9.75) ... T-6th on vault (9.725), T-5th on bars (9.8), T-6th on beam (9.75) and 4th on floor (9.8) vs. UCLA ... tied for 3rd (9.75) with Kelly on floor versus Arizona ... also placed 4th (9.675) on vault in that meet ... placed 2nd on beam (9.825) and vault (9.85) vs. UW ... won the first event of her brief college career, tying for 1st on the uneven bars (9.85) with Boise State's Lindsay Ward at the Maui Invitational ... placed 5th in the all-around (38.075) at Maui, the first all-around competition of her college career ... tied for 3rd (9.9) on floor at Maui.

Donna Chance (Sophomore)

Set a season-high 9.725 on vault at Utah ... 12th on vault (9.35) in UNO's Classic ... placed 7th on vault (9.575) vs. Cal ... posted 9.45 on vault at the Maui Invite.

Josie Hancock (Freshman)

Competed in three events at the Pac-10 meet and finished tied for 15th in the vault (9.8), the second-best on the team ... set career-high 9.85 on vault at Utah (T-4th) and tied for sixth on floor with a career-best 9.875 ... placed 6th on beam (9.825, second-highest score of the year) versus No. 19 Minnesota ... competed on vault for the second time in 2005 and posted a career-best 9.65 vs. UM ... competed on vault (9.525) for first time vs. Penn State ... did not compete at Stanford ... 12th on beam (9.25) in UNO's Classic ... placed 3rd on balance beam (9.775) vs. California ... did not compete versus UCLA and Oregon State ... posted a 9.85 on balance beam at the Maui Invitational, good for 6th.

Cassandra Jusino (Sophomore)

Finished 11th in the all-around (38.35) ... scored 9.675 to tie for 20th on the bars ... had a very consistent meet at Utah, posting a season-high 39.3 in the all-around, placing sixth ... 5th on floor (9.9) at Utah ... placed 2nd on floor (9.825) and tied for 2nd on bars (9.85) at Minnesota ... won the all-around (39.25) vs. Penn State ... tied for third on vault (9.825) and bars (9.825) and was 3rd on beam (9.775) ... 2nd in the all-around at Stanford (38.95) ... T-3rd on vault (9.775) and floor (9.8) ... 3rd in all-around (39.025) in UNO's Classic ... tied for 1st on floor (9.875) with April Boone in that meet ... also placed 2nd on bars (9.875) in UNO's ... 2nd in all-around (39.175) vs. California ... 4th on vault (9.8), bars (9.85) and beam (9.75)and was 5th on floor (9.8) in that meet ... won the all-around (39.25) vs. OSU ... T-2nd on bars with a season-high 9.825 ... 2nd on floor (9.85), fourth (9.775) on vault and T-3rd on beam (9.8) ... 3rd in all-around vs. UCLA at 39.225 ... second on floor (9.9) and T-3rd on vault (9.825) ... tied for fifth (9.65) on vault vs. UA ... 4th on bars (9.75) vs. UA ... won bars (9.825) and floor (9.875) vs. UW ... placed 3rd (38.85) in the all-around at the Maui Invite ... tied for 3rd on vault (9.825) at Maui ... took 2nd on floor with a 9.95, tying a career-high.

Ashley Kelly (Junior)

Earned a share of the Pac-10 title on the beam for the second year in a row (9.95) and finished third in the all-around (39.375) and on bars (9.875) ... ranks second in the nation on the beam (9.935) ... 15th on bars (9.885) and tied for 16th in the all-around (39.340) ... only competed in two events at Utah due to a foot injury and placed second (9.95) on beam ... won the 15th all-around title of her career at Minnesota (39.375) ... won beam (9.95) and tied for 3rd on floor (9.8) ... 7th nationally on beam (9.89) and tied for 14th on bars (9.86) ... won vault (9.875) and floor (9.9) vs. Penn State ... 2nd on floor (9.85) at Stanford ... won 14th career all-around title (39.275) in UNO's Classic ... won two events -- bars (9.95) and vault (9.825) in that meet ... the bars routine was ASU's top score on the apparatus to date ... won 13th-career all-around (39.575) vs. Cal ... won all four events -- vault (9.85), bars (9.9), tied for first on beam (9.9) and floor (9.925) ... won three events -- bars (9.85), beam (9.85) and vault (9.9) vs. OSU ... fall on floor cost her the all-around title ... won the bars (9.925) and tied for first on beam (9.925) vs. UCLA ... won the 12th all-around title of her career vs. UA (39.25) ... tied for first on vault (9.825) and bars (9.825) vs. UA ... 2nd on beam (9.85) and tied for 3rd on floor (9.75) ... won the all-around vs. UW (39.425) ... placed 1st on vault (9.875) and beam (9.925) vs. UW ... was 2nd on floor (9.85) vs. UW ... placed 2nd in the all-around (38.975) at the Maui Invite ... won two events at Maui, beam (9.925) and floor (9.975) ... was 2nd on vault (9.85) at Maui ... nationally, ranked 24th in the all-around (39.26), 3rd on beam (9.925) and tied for 15th on bars (9.875).

Lisa Lanza (Sophomore)

Posted a 9.950 on the bars at the Pac-10 Championships to tie for 35th overall ... 8th on bars (9.725) at No. 19 Minnesota ... 6th on floor exercise (9.775) in UNO's Classic ... posted career-high 9.825 on floor, tying for third vs. Cal ... tied for 5th on floor (9.725) vs. OSU ... tied for eighth on floor (9.325) vs. UCLA ... tied for 5th on bars (9.725) vs. UA ... posted a 9.775 on bars at the Maui invite, her first competitive event at ASU.

Kari Muth (Senior)

Finished 13th in the all-around (37.9) ... scored a 9.675 on the beam and 9.575 on the vault and floor ... tied for 6th on beam (9.825) at Utah ... had 9.825 (season-high) on floor at Utah ... 7th on bars (9.75) and T-7th on beam (9.8) at No. 19 Minnesota ... tied for 4th on beam (9.75) vs. Penn State in the final home meet of her ASU career ... t-7th on beam (9.55) at Stanford ... 4th in all-around (38.45) in UNO's Classic ... 2nd on beam (9.775) and 3rd on floor (9.825) in UNO's ... tied for first on beam (9.9) with teammate Ashley Kelly vs. Cal ... set career-high all-around score of 39.050 vs. Cal ... 5th on vault (9.6) and bars (9.775) vs. Cal ... T-5th on floor (9.725) and was 5th on bars (9.7) vs. OSU ... 5th on beam (9.775) and floor (9.775) vs. UCLA ... placed 4th on beam (9.8) vs. UA ... placed 3rd (38.225) in the all-around vs. UW ... was 3rd on bars (9.8) and beam (9.775) vs. UW ... scored 9.8 on beam, 9.75 on bars and 9.675 on floor at the Maui Invite.

Lauren Powell (Junior)

Scored on the bars (9.6) and floor (9.3) for the team at the Pac-10 meet ... T-3rd on bars (9.875) at Utah ... T-3rd on floor (9.85) at Minnesota with her best score since Maui ... tied for 3rd on bars (9.825) vs. Penn State ... 2nd on beam (9.75) at Stanford ... was healthier and participated in two events -- bars (9.1) and beam (9.425) in UNO's Classic ... tied for 2nd on bars (9.875) vs. Cal ... did not compete vs. OSU due to ankle injury ... fell on vault vs. UCLA and sprained her right ankle and did not return to the meet ... 2nd in the all-around (38.8) vs. UA ... was 3rd on bars (9.775) vs. UA ... was 4th on bars (9.8) and beam (9.725) vs. UW ... 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 2nd on beam (9.875) at Maui ... also tied for 3rd on bars (9.825) ... posted a 9.775 on floor.

Taryn Shockley (Freshman)

Injured her arm during the week of the Penn State meet and will be out for the rest of the season ... 9th on floor (9.6) at Stanford ... tied for 9th on floor (9.55) in UNO's Classic ... 9th on floor (9.625) vs. Cal ... 9th on bars (9.3) vs. OSU ... placed 6th on floor (9.725) vs. UCLA ... 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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