Gym Devils To Honor Seniors in Final Home Meet of 09
March 11, 2009
In their final meet of the season, the Arizona State women's gymnastics team (2-6, 2-4) will play host to Ball State, CSU-Fullerton and Nebraska in the annual UNO's Classic. Held at Wells Fargo Arena, the meet begins at 7:00 p.m. PT. The meet is also senior night. 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.
The Sun Devils four seniors will be honored for Senior Night. Nicole Harris and Tiana Jean will compete for one final time at Wells Fargo Arena. Carrie Finley and Ashlee Hinkle, who have both been injured this season, will also be recognized.
Carrie is a communications major from Doylestown, Pa. During her career at ASU, Carrie competed on vault and floor for the Sun Devils before a shoulder injury put a stop to her competitive career. Her sophomore year, Carrie put up career-high marks of 9.625 on vault and 9.525 on floor. Carrie has twice been named Pac-10 All-Academic. Despite not competing her junior and senior years, Carrie used her creativity and organization skills to help behind the scenes. This season, Carrie was in charge of hosting the men and women's meet.
Hailing from Long Beach, N.Y., Nicole had a fantastic freshman season with the Sun Devils in which she earned Second-Team All-American honors on beam. Harris has been one of the program's all-time top all-arounders. The Spanish major was named to the All-Pac-10 All-Around team her sophomore year and was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week her junior season. Nicole has earned career-highs of 9.95 on beam, 9.925 on bars and 9.9 on both floor and vault. Nicole is currently ranked 24th in the all-around and 20th on beam.
An Arizona native, Ashlee was the Sun Devils top gymnast her junior season. Before a boating accident shortened her career, Hink had gathered career-best scores of 9.9 on beam, 9.95 on vault and 9.875 on floor. Last season, Ashlee hit every routine and was named First-Team All-Pac-10 on beam. Ashlee also was named Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week for the week of January 29-February 4. A leader in and out of the gym, Ashlee is an elementary education major and is currently a student teacher. She was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second-Team her junior year, as well as Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention her sophomore one.
Tiana has been one of the Sun Devils leaders the past two seasons. Tiana was named to the Pac-10 All-Around team last season for her consistency in the all-around. Over the course of her career, she has scored career-bests of 9.9 on beam and floor as well as 9.875 on bars and 9.75 on vault. Hailing from Puyallup, Wash., Tiana is an elementary education major.
ASU in the Rankings ---Although the Sun Devils are out of the top 25 this week, they are currently 24th on beam. Nicole Harris checks in at 24h in the all-around and 20th on beam. Beaté Jones is 23rd on vault.
Scouting the Competition ---
Nebraska stands 12th in the latest poll. The Huskers are also ranked on vault (19), bars (17), beam (14) and floor (15). Kylie Stone is 22nd in the all-around and seventh on floor while Tricia Woo is third on vault. CSU-Fullerton is 41st nationally while Ball State is 51st.
All-Around Nicole ---
When Nicole Harris rejoined the team in the fall, she stated that she wanted to put up a solid score in every event for her team. She has done just that. The senior has hit nearly every event, only missing a floor routine in which she tweaked her shoulder in the middle of the routine, and a bar routine last week. With her 9.925 on beam against Washington, Harris holds the highest score in any event from a Sun Devil this season.
Sun Devil Sparkplug ---
Truly developing into a leader, Beate Jones has been one of the team's most consistent gymnasts this season. Jones leads the team with the highest score on vault (9.9) and floor (9.9). She has gathered more scores of 9.9 than anyone else on the team this season. Jones has also improved drastically on bars and beam this season, earning career-best of 9.825 on bars and 9.8 on beam.
Way to 'Be' ---
After tallying a career-best 39.4 in the all-around against Washington, Jones was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week. Jones displayed her consistency, power and spunk to win vault, floor and ultimately the all-around against the Huskies. In addition to her event wins, Jones also recorded a career-best 9.825 on bars and tied her personal standard on beam with a 9.8.
Tiana Jean has been proven to be one of the team's best floor and beam-workers this season. With career-high scores of 9.9 in both events, anytime Jean hops on the beam or takes the floor, one can expect a beautiful performance and solid score.
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 has competed in the all-around twice this season but has consistently been in the bars, beam and floor lineup.
Beaming Devils ---
Over the years, te Arizona State gymnastics team has often been regarded as one of the best beam teams in the country. Despite struggling some earlier in the season, the Sun Devils scored a season-best 49.2 against Washington. With Harris' 9.925, the Sun Devils won beam for the first time this season.
Setting the Bar ---
Despite struggling with bars all last season and the beginning of this one, Kaitlynn Bormann has been one of the top bar-workers for the team after hitting her career-high against California. Bormann, along with fellow New Yorker Harris, currently holds the team's highest bar mark of the season with a 9.875.
Miss Mary ---
After coming off shoulder surgery, Mary Atkinson has fought to become one of the Sun Devils consistent gymnasts. Atkinson has been solid on vault all season, earning a career-best of 9.825 earlier the year. Atkinson has also been working hard to be a constent in the floor lineup and is trying to make the bars rotation as well.
So Fresh and So Clean ---
Three freshmen were in the vault lineup for the Sun Devils against Arizona. Callie Price and Kelly Reilly have been standard names in the lineup this season. Both Price and Reilly scored career-highs at Arizona with Price nailing a 9.775 and Reilly landing on her feet for a 9.725. Freshman Hangartner also made her vaulting debut with a 9.725.