No. 7 Sun Devil Gymnasts To Host No. 1-Ranked UCLA

Feb. 10, 2003

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This Week --Seventh-ranked Arizona State returns home following three straight weeks on the road on Sunday, February 16, versus No. 1 UCLA at 2:00 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. UCLA holds a slim lead in the all-time series with Arizona State at 17-16. ASU, however, holds an 11-4 winning margin over the Bruins at Wells Fargo Arena. Sunday's meet marks the sixth ranked opponent in 2003 for the Sun Devils, as they faced No. 8 Stanford at the Maui Invitational (1/3), No. 17 Washington (1/17), No. 5 Utah (1/24), No. 13 Arizona (1/31), No. 9 Oregon State (2/7) and No. 1 UCLA (2/16). Rankings this week are based on total season average scores through Feb. 10, 2003.

ASU In The Rankings --This week, based upon season average scores, ASU is No. 7 Arizona State debuted at No. 15 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released January 2. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the crown with 752 overall votes and 20 first-place bids. ASU received 333 overall votes and was neighbored in the standings by No. 7 Stanford (570), No. 10 Arizona (444) and No. 13 Oregon State (355). Washington (17th, 268) rounded out the list of Pac-10 teams making the top-25. For a complete list of the current rankings see Page 2 of this release. For more information access ranks 8th on beam (49.080 avg.) this week as well as 13th on floor (49.075 avg.). The Sun Devils are 5th on bars (49.135 avg.). ASU is 10th on vault (49.040 avg.). Individually, Maggie Germaine is 5th nationally in the all-around (39.556 avg.) and 6th on floor (9.925 avg.). Ashley Kelly is 21st on beam (9.860 avg.).

Meet Highlights From 2003 --ASU-UA (1/31/03): Arizona State recorded its 7th-highest score in school history, defeating No. 13 Arizona, 196.950-196.175 in Tucson. The Sun Devils set a school record on bars with a 49.475. Junior Maggie Germaine tied her own school record (and career-high) in the all-around with a 39.625.ASU-Utah (1/24/03): Arizona State gave 23rd-year head coach John Spini his first road victory over the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, defeating the Utes 197.450-197.150 in front of 9,032 fans at the Huntsman Center. The loss marked the second home loss for Utah this year, which is only the second time that has happened in their 28-year history. It was ASU's first victory over Utah in Salt Lake City since 1976. ASU posted its third-highest team score ever en route to its fourth win of 2003.ASU-Washington (1/17/03): The Sun Devils opened the 2003 home season at Wells Fargo Arena versus Pac-10 foe No. 17 Washington and took first-place with a score of 197.300, the third-highest team score in school history at the time. Washington posted a 194.150. Sun Devil junior Maggie Germaine scored a school record and career-high all-around total of 39.625, placing first. She also scored a career-high 9.90 on beam, tied a career-high on floor (9.95) and set a season-high on vault (9.9). Senior Ashley Ellsberry tied a career-high with a 9.925 on floor and set career highs on vault (9.8) and bars (9.875). Sophomore Kari Muth set a career-high on beam (9.9) and tied a career best on bars (9.9). Freshman Ashley Kelly, only in her second ASU meet, posted career highs in all four events: vault (9.875), bars (9.9), beam (9.95) and floor (9.825).ASU-Maui Invitational (1/3/03): ASU defeated New Hampshire and San Jose State, but lost to Stanford (196.050-194.200). Freshman Ashley Kelly had a strong college debut, placing third in the all-around with a 38.975. It was the highest all-around score at ASU since Elizabeth Reid's 39.300 at the NCAA Super Six, April 23, 1999 (representing a span of 45 months or 37 actual meets).ASU-Oregon State (2/16/03): Maggie Germaine won the all-around, posting a 39.400.

Germaine tied for 1st on floor (9.925) and placed 2nd on beam (9.850). Cassidy Vreeke tied for 1st on vault (9.875). Ashley Ellsberry tied for 2nd on bars (9.875).

ASU's John Spini Looking For Home Win No. 150 --ASU head coach John Spini has 149 career victories at home, just one shy of No. 150. He will get that chance against top-ranked UCLA this Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

Sun Devils Hot In All-Around --Arizona State gymnasts have posted nine of the Top 19 all-Around scores in school history this season through five meets. Junior Maggie Germaine owns four of the scores, including the school record 39.625 on two occasions (vs. Washington 1/17/03 and Arizona 1/31/03). Senior Ashley Ellsberry holds three others while freshman Ashley Kelly has posted two.

ASU Top All-Around Scores Of All-Time:39.625 Maggie Germaine vs. Arizona 1/31/03 Maggie Germaine vs. Washington 1/17/0339.600 Ashley Ellsberry vs. Arizona 1/31/03 Ashley Ellsberry vs. Utah 1/24/03 Laura Moon vs. Auburn 3/9/0139.575 Maggie Germaine vs. Utah 1/24/03 Meagan Wright vs. Washington 1/31/9739.550 Ashley Kelly vs. Washington 1/17/0339.550 Maggie Germaine vs. Arizona 3/2/01 Amy Shelton ? ?/9739.525 Laura Moon vs. California, Boise State, Santa Barbara (UNO's Classic) 2/23/0139.500 Ashley Ellsberry vs. Washington 1/17/03 Laura Moon vs. Arizona 3/2/0139.475 Ashley Kelly vs. Arizona 1/31/03 Meagan Wright vs. Nebraska, California, Utah State (Sun Devil Classic) 2/16/9639.400 Maggie Germaine vs. Oregon State 2/7/0339.375 Maggie Germaine vs. California, Boise State, Santa Barbara (UNO's) 2/23/01 Wendy Ellsberry vs. Arizona 3/26/99 Carie Courtney vs. ? ?/97

Sun Devil Team Sizzling --Arizona State has posted two of the top four team scores of all-time in 2003. ASU's 197.450 in the victory over Utah tied for the second-highest score ever. Here is a Top-5 listing:

ASU Top Team Score Of All-Time1. Arizona (3/1/02) 197.8502. @ Utah (1/24/03) 197.450 @ Arizona (3/2/01)4. Washington (1/17/03) 197.3005. UNO's Classic (2/23/01) 197.125 vs. Washington (1/31/97)

Sun Devils Posting Top Event Scores,Too --Vault High: 49.575 @ Midwest Regional, (4/4/98); high this year: 49.350 @ Arizona (1/31)Bars High: Record high this year, 49.475 @ Arizona (1/31/03); 49.425 @ Arizona (3/2/01)Beam High: 49.650 vs. Arizona (3/1/02); high this year: 49.525 vs. Washington (1/17/03)Floor High: 49.625 vs. Arizona (3/2/01); high this year: 49.350 vs. Washington (1/17/03)

Super Frosh Debut --Freshman Ashley Kelly (York, Pa.) recorded a 38.975 all-around score in her college debut at the Maui Invitational (1/3), which was the highest all-around total at ASU since Elizabeth Reid's 39.300 at the NCAA Super Six, April 23, 1999 (representing a span of 45 months or 37 actual meets). Had it not been for a -0.1 point reduction on the floor exercise, Kelly would have posted a 39.075. Kelly's Maui Invite scores: 9.750 (vault); 9.825 (bars); 9.825 (beam); and 9.575 (floor). Kelly backed up that performance by setting four career-highs versus Washington: vault (9.875), bars (9.9), beam (9.95) and floor (9.825). Her all-around score was also a career-high (39.550). Kelly recorded her lowest all-around score versus Utah (38.900). At Arizona, Kelly recorded the 14th-best all-around score of all-time at ASU with a 39.475. She tied for first on bars (9.950, a career-high) and placed second on beam (9.925).

Ashley Ellsberry (Senior)Tied for 2nd (9.875) on bars at OSU (2/7) ... great performance at Arizona, tying career highs on vault (9.850), beam (9.950, 1st) and all-around (39.600) ... had a career meet versus Utah, posting a career-high 39.600 in winning the all-around competition ... won on beam (9.950, tied career-high) and placed second on bars (9.925, career-high) ... placed third on vault (9.850, career-high) ... set three career-highs against Washington 1/17 ... tied a career-high on floor (9.925, 2nd) and set highs on vault (9.8) and bars (9.875, T-4th) ... the vault score was only her second performance ever in the event ... tied for second on beam ... posted a 39.500 all-around score vs. UW, which represented a career-best and tied for sixth-best at ASU all-time ... posted a 38.400 in the all-around competition at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) and placed seventh ... was inserted on vault and bars during warmups when teammate Margaret Wojciak hyperextended her knee and could not compete.

Cassidy Vreeke (Senior)Tied for 1st (9.875) on vault at OSU (2/7) ... tied for first-place on vault (9.925, tied career-high) with Jada Cox at Arizona (1/31/03) ... tied for third on vault at Utah (9.850) and tied for fourth on floor (.9.900) ... set season-highs on vault (9.9), beam (9.875) and floor (9.875) versus Washington ... tied for third on floor and tied for second on vault vs. UW ... finished third on vault at the Maui Invitational with a 9.800 ... posted a 9.850 on floor, which tied for third with teammate Maggie Germaine.

Margaret Wojciak (Senior)Score a 9.825 on bars at Arizona (1/31) and fell on floor (9.175) ... did not compete this year until Utah (1/24) ... returned to the bars lineup vs. Utah (1/24) ... scored a 9.875 and tied for third with teammates Carla DeMartini and Maggie Germaine ... suffered a hyperextended right knee in warmups at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) and did not compete ... scratched from vault and bars.

Jada Cox (Junior)Tied for first-place on vault (9.925, tied career-high) at Arizona (1/31/03) with Cassidy Vreeke ... scored a 9.8 on vault at Utah to tie for eighth ... posted a 9.825 (season-high) on vault vs. Washington (1/17/03) as an exhibition ... competed in one event at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) and posted a vault score of 9.600.

Carla DeMartini (Junior)Tied for 6th on floor (9.825) at OSU (2/7) ... did not compete at Arizona (1/31/03) ... best meet of the young season was at Utah (1/24) ... won the vault competition, posting a score of 9.925 ... also scored 9.875 on bars (T-3rd) and 9.775 on floor (11th) ... scored a season-high 9.85 on vault vs. Washington (1/17/03) ... posted a season-high 9.775 on floor in that same meet ... competed in three events at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) ... posted scores of 9.700 (vault), 9.700 (bars) and 9.650 (floor).

Maggie Germaine (Junior)Won all-around at OSU (39.400), the 9th-best score in school history ... tied for 1st on floor (9.925) at OSU (2/7) ... tied her own school record, set this year vs. Washington (1/17/03), at Arizona (1/31/03) with an all-around score of 39.625 (1st) ... tied a career-high on bars (9.950, T-1st) and floor (9.975, 1st) ... had a spectacular performance at Utah, placing third in the all-around (39.575) ... placed second on vault (9.875) and third on floor (9.925) ... placed third on beam (9.900), tying a career-high ... tied for third on bars (9.875) ... won the all-around vs. Washington (1/17/03) with a career-high 39.625 ... that score is the best-ever in ASU history, eclipsing the previous best of Laura Moon (39.600 on 3/9/01) ... scored career-highs on bars (9.875, T-4th), beam (9.90, T-2nd) and floor (9.95, 1st) in that meet ... vault score of 9.9 tied for 2nd ... competed in three events at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) ... scored a 9.800 on bars, which tied her for third at Maui ... posted a 9.850 on floor, tying for third-place with Cassidy Vreeke.

Amber Giorgianni (Junior)Tied for third on beam (9.875) at Arizona (1/31/03) ... placed seventh on bars at Utah (9.850) ... scored a 9.075 (fall) on beam at Utah ... competed on beam (9.85, season-high) and bars (9.125, fall) against Washington (1/17/03) ... competed in two events at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) ... scored 9.650 on beam and 9.725 on bars ... the 9.725 on bars was an ASU career best.

Trisha Dixon (Sophomore)Will miss a portion of the 2003 season while rehabilitating her back ... suffers from a chronic back problem ... the coaching staff has high hopes for Dixon.

Kari Muth (Sophomore)Tied for 3rd on beam (9.8) at OSU (2/7) ... scored a pair of 9.850's on bars and beam at Arizona (1/31) ... scored 9.875 on beam (T-4th) and 9.800 on floor (T-9th) at Utah ... won the event and tied career-high on bars (9.9) and set career-high on beam (9.9, T-2nd) vs. Washington (1/17/03) ... also scored a 9.325 on floor after falling ... participated in three events at Maui (1/3/03), scored a 9.825 on the balance beam and a 9.750 on bars ... after a fall, posted a 9.150 on floor.

Ashley Kelly (Freshman)Placed 3rd in all-around at OSU (39.175) ... tied career-highs on bars (9.950, T-1st) and floor (9.875, T-3rd) at Arizona (1/31/03) ... scored well at Utah (9.875 on beam; 9.825 on floor and vault and 9.375 on bars) ... tied for fourth on beam and placed fifth in the all-around (38.900) ... excellent in the Washington (1/17/03) meet, establishing career-highs in all four events: vault (9.875, 6th), bars (9.9, tied for first), beam (9.95, 1st) and floor (9.825, 5th) ... her 39.550 all-around score was her career-best and placed her second behind teammate Maggie Germaine ... marvelous college debut at the Maui Invitational (1/3) ... recorded a 38.975 all-around score, which was the highest all-around total since Elizabeth Reid's 39.300 at the NCAA Super Six, April 23, 1999 (a span of 45 months or 37 actual meets).

Lauren Powell (Freshman)Will miss the entire 2003 season while rehabilitating a dislocated elbow.

Shaena Friedman (Freshman)Scored 9.750 on vault at Arizona (1/31/03) ... scored a career-high on vault (9.7) vs. Washington (1/17/03) ... competed in the vault (9.175), at Maui (1/3).

Sarah Zigler (Freshman)Walk-on who has not competed thus far in 2003.

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