Sun Devils Place Third at UNO's Classic

Feb. 29, 2008

Clad in bright pink leotards, the 17th ranked Arizona State women's gymnastics team placed third in the UNO's Flip for the Cure with a team total of 194.0. At the conclusion of the breast cancer awareness meet, survivors of the disease handed out pink roses to the event winners. No. 7 Stanford placed first with a team score of 195.8 and San Jose State came in second with a score of 194.2. UW - Oshkosh placed fourth with a 181.125.

Sun Devils Freshman Beaté Jones, Tiana Jean and Francesca Mercurio competed all-around. Jean took second in the competition with a 39.025. Jones posted her career-high of a 38.95 placing third in the competition. Mercurio totaled a 38.55.

The Sun Devils started off strong in the first rotation on the vault posting their second-highest team total this season of 49.025. Junior Ashlee Hinkle and Jones led the way both scoring 9.85. Jones posted her career-high taking third in the competition. Freshman Mary Atkinson followed with a solid 9.8. Mercurio stuck her landing to post a 9.775 with Jean following her with a score of 9.75.

The Gym Devils moved to the bars in the second rotation where Jean led the team with a score of 9.85. Mercurio performed a clean, solid routine tying her season-high of a 9.825. Junior Tia Orlando posted a solid 9.775 on the apparatus. Jones followed with a 9.725 after sticking her landing. Bormann scored her season-high a 9.475. The team totaled a 48.65.

The Sun Devils were slightly behind Stanford going to the third rotation and ahead of San Jose State and UW-Oshkosh. With two falls on the beam, the Gym Devils posted a team total of 48.225. Bormann led the team scoring her career-best of 9.825. Jean performed a solid routine scoring a 9.775. Hinkle had a score of 9.75 after sticking her land. Beaté Jones scored her career-best of 9.65. Mercurio and Orlando both fell on beam.

The Sun Devils fell into third place going into the final rotation. The Sun Devils struggled a bit on floor ending with a team total of 48.1. Freshmen Mercurio and Jones led the team with scores of 9.725. Mercurio tied her season-high. Hinkle and Jean both scored a 9.65. Schuett posted a 9.35 in the event.

The Sun Devils host Boise State and Penn State next Friday, March 7. The meet starts at 7 pm at Wells Fargo Arena.

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