Gym Devils Head to Tucson for Duel in the Desert

Feb. 18, 2009

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This Week --
Coming off their first win of the season against Cal, the Arizona State women's gymnastics team heads down to Tucson for their fifth Pac-10 matchup of the season against in-state rival Arizona. Head Coach John Spini is currently ASU's longest-tenured head coach, and is second on the all-time Sun Devil head coaching list. Former Sun Devil women's tennis coaching legend Anne Pittman holds the distinction as the longest-tenured ASU head coach at 31 seasons.

Hitting Harris ---
Nicole Harris has made a major impact on the team this season. The senior has hit nearly every event, only missing a floor routine in which she tweaked her shoulder in the middle of the routine. Harris currently has the team's highest all-around score and is tied for the highest beam and bars mark.

Jersey Girl ---
Beate Jones has vaulted and tumbled her way to success. The anchor on vault, she has scored her career-high of 9.9 on vault twice this season. Jones also hit on floor for a career-high 9.9 last week against Cal.

Tiana Time--
Tiana Jean scored a new career-high on floor last weekend. The senior tied for first with teammate Jones, tallying a 9.9. Jean has also been solid on beam this season, earning a 9.9 earlier in the season. The Washington native also has two score of 9.85 on bars.

Fantastic Fran ---
Francesca Mercurio enters her sophomore season after a fabulous freshman one. Mercurio became the tenth Sun Devil to be named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week. Mercurio earned the honor by earning her first all-around win against Ohio State. Mercurio finished her freshman campaign with career-high marks of 39.250 in the all-around, 9.875 on vault, 9.825 on bars and beam, and 9.750 on floor. Mercurio competed in the all-around for the first time against Stanford. Mercurio competed in the all-around for the first time in two weeks against Cal.

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