ASU Gymnastics Inks Three To Letters Of Intent

Dec. 10, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz.- Arizona State University has signed three high school gymnasts to National Letters of Intent to study and compete at ASU, head coach John Spini announced Tuesday.

The talented trio is comprised of Cassandra Jusino of Gresham, Oregon, Lisa Lanza of Scottsdale, Arizona and April Boone of Seattle, Washington.

Jusino is a former Elite gymnast from the Multnomah Athletic Club and is coached by Meg Doxtator and Ivan Alexov. She won first-place on vault with a 9.7 at the 2002 Junior Olympic Nationals and took first-place on vault (9.425) and bars (9.525) at state Regionals. She also took second in the All-Around (37.3).

In 2002 Jusino won the state competition in vault (9.65), bars (9.5), beam (9.45), floor (9.65) and All-Around (38.25). In 1999 she placed first on bars at the Junior Olympic Nationals with a 9.65.

A senior at Sam Barlow High, Jusino has a 3.08 grade-point average. Jusino went from level eight to Level Nine at nine years of age with coaches Alexov and Erika Bakacs at Naydenov Gymnastics Center in Vancouver, Washington. At age 10 she competed at Level 10 and represented her region at Nationals. She qualified for Junior Olympic Nationals each year as a Level 10 gymnast (1996, '97, '98, '99 and '02). In 1997 she made the Junior Olympic National team at age 11. Jusino went to Elite status in 1999 and 2000.

Lanza, who attended Desert Mountain High School, holds the Arizona State Level 10 Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001. She is a two-time Junior Olympic National qualifier and in 2001 she was the Region 1 floor champion. In 2000 she placed second on floor. Lanza has a 3.75 grade-point average and is taking honors classes.

Boone attends John F. Kennedy High School as an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. As a Level 10 gymnast, Boone placed ninth on bars at the 2002 Junior Olympic National Championships. She competed in the same meet in 2000 and in the Level 10 Regional Meet in 2000 and 2002, placing first in the All-Around. In 2000 she competed internationally in Santiago, Chile, placing second in the All-Around. As a Level 9 competitor, Boone won first-place in the All-Around at the 1999 Western National Junior Olympics. In 1999 and 2001 she won the George Lewis All-Around Award.

A nine-year gymnastics veteran, Boone has been coached by John and Tammy Carney and trains at Gymnastics East in Bellevue, Washington.

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