Women's Gymnastics Places Fourth in Denver

Jan. 13, 2001

DENVER - Senior All-American Jenny Ebdon (Marietta, Ga. / Walton HS) won two individual events and the Pioneers set a school record for highest team score to open a season as the 13th-ranked University of Denver gymnastics team finished in first place its season-opening quadrangular meet vs. No. 16 Washington, No. 23 Maryland and Cal on Saturday night in Hamilton Gymnasium.

The Pioneers (3-0) finished with a 194.175, which shatters the previous best for an opener (193.175) by a full point. Washington tallied a 192.900, Maryland was at 191.925 and Cal rounded out the field (191.650).

Ebdon, who won a staggering 31 titles in 52 routines last season, posted solid scores of 9.925 on both the balance beam and the floor exercise to take her first titles of the 2001 season. In addition, freshman Ashley Shible (Palm Harbor, Fla. / East Lake HS) debuted her signature namesake vault to an event-winning score of 9.875 to win her first collegiate title. The 'Shible' was performed for the first time collegiately on Saturday night, and the throng of Pioneer faithful roared their approval when she stuck her landing.

Ebdon's floor routine was one of four that earned scores of 9.8 or better on the way to a team apparatus score of 49.225 � the sixth-highest total in school history. Shible's vault paved the way for a strong team score of 48.775 and helped the Pioneers take four of the top six spots on vault.

The Bears stay on the road and travel to San Jose next Friday as they take on San Jose St. at 7:30 p.m.

DENVER GYMNASTICS -- at Denver, Colo. (Hamilton Gymnasium)

FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. No. 13 DENVER, 194.175, 2. No. 16 Washington, 192.900,3. No. 23 Maryland, 191.925, 4. Cal-Berkeley, 191.650

ALL-AROUND: 1. Lanna Apisukh (WA), 39.050, 4. Emily Bankhead (DEN), 38.600,5. Ashley Shible (DEN), 38.550. VAULT: 1. Shible (DEN), 9.875, 2. JanetMcKnight (Cal), 9.825, 3. Kit Johnson (MD), 9.775, 4. (tie), Bankhead (DEN),Jenny Ebdon (DEN) and Melanie Schiff (DEN), 9.750. UNEVEN BARS: 1. StacyWong (WA), 9.925, 2. Michelle Kasuga (DEN), 9.875. BALANCE BEAM: 1. Ebdon(DEN), 9.925, 2. Genine Ishino (Cal), 9.900, 3. (tie), Katreece Stone (Cal)and Lanna Apisukh (WA), 9.875. FLOOR EXERCISE: 1. Ebdon (DEN), 9.925, 2.(tie), Kasuga (DEN), Shible (DEN) and Jill Fisher (MD), 9.875.

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