ASU Gymnasts Vault To No. 4 In Nation

Feb. 24, 2003

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This Week --Fourth-ranked Arizona State returns home Friday, February 28, hosting No. 25 California and Rutgers in the UNO's Classic at 7:00 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. ASU holds a 22-2 lead in the all-time series with California and has never faced Rutgers. The Sun Devils have faced seven ranked teams in 2003 as they have 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), No. 1 UCLA (2/16) and No. 8 Stanford (2/21). Rankings this week are based on regional qualifying scores through Feb. 24, 2003.

ASU In The Rankings --This week ASU is No. 4 nationally. 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 in the top-25. For complete rankings see Page 2 of this release. For more info access ranks 5th on beam (49.265 avg.) this week as well as 11th on floor (49.185 avg.). The Sun Devils are 5th on bars (49.200 avg.) and tied for 6th on vault (49.190 avg.). Maggie Germaine is 3rd nationally in the all-around (39.545 avg.) while Ashley Kelly is 11th (39.305). Germaine is 4th on floor (9.940 avg.) and Ashley Ellsberry is 6th on beam (9.915). Kelly is 10th on beam (9.905).

Meet Highlights From 2003 --ASU-Stanford (2/21/03): ASU posted the 9th-best score in school history with a 196.900. Maggie Germaine placed second in the all-around at 39.550 and tied for first on floor (9.950). Ashley Kelly tied for first on beam (9.950).ASU-UCLA (2/16/03): ASU shattered the school record score, yet lost to No. 1 UCLA, 198.400-198.150. Maggie Germaine won the all-around, posting a career-best/school record 39.775. Ashley Kelly's career-high 39.625 tied for 2nd. ASU's beam score of 49.875 was a school record and national season-high. Germaine and Ashley Ellsberry scored career-high 10.0's on beam. On floor, Germaine and Cassidy Vreeke tied career-highs with 9.950, sharing first.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-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). Ashley Ellsberry tied a career-high with a 9.925 on floor and set career highs on vault (9.8) and bars (9.875). Kari Muth set a career-high on beam (9.9) and tied a career best on bars (9.9). 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 best all-around score at ASU since Elizabeth Reid's 39.300 at the NCAA Super Six (4/23/99), representing a span of 45 months or 37 actual meets.

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 in the UNO's Classic, this Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

Sun Devils Hot In All-Around --Arizona State gymnasts have posted 12 of the Top 19 all-Around scores in school history this season through seven meets. Maggie Germaine owns six of the scores, including the school record 39.775 (vs. UCLA 2/16/03). Ashley Ellsberry and Ashley Kelly each have three.ASU Top All-Around Scores Of All-Time:39.775 Maggie Germaine vs. UCLA 2/16/0339.625 Ashley Kelly vs. UCLA 2/16/03 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 Maggie Germaine vs. Stanford 2/21/03 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 2/7/03

Sun Devil Team Sizzling --Arizona State has posted three of the top five team scores of all-time in 2003. ASU's 198.150 vs. No. 1 UCLA is the school record. Here is a Top-5 All-Time listing:1. UCLA (2/16/03) 198.1502. Arizona (3/1/02) 197.8503. @ Utah (1/24/03) 197.450 @ Arizona (3/2/01)5. Washington (1/17/03) 197.300

Sun Devils Posting Top Event Scores,Too --Vault High: 49.575 @ Midwest Regional, (4/4/98); high this year: 49.375 vs. UCLA (2/16)Bars High: Record high this year, 49.475 @ Arizona (1/31/03)Beam High: National high this year; ASU Record high this year, 49.875 vs. UCLA (2/16/03)Floor High: 49.625 vs. Arizona (3/2/01); high this year: 49.575 vs. UCLA (2/16/03)

Ashley Ellsberry (Senior)Scored a 38.450 in the all-around at Stanford ... set career-highs on vault (9.875), beam (10.0, T -1st) and floor (9.925, T) vs. UCLA ... tied for 2nd (9.875) on bars at OSU (2/7) ... great meet 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 was 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 and placed seventh ... was inserted on vault and bars during warmups when Margaret Wojciak hyperextended her knee.

Cassidy Vreeke (Senior)Tied for 4th on floor (9.9) at Stanford ... tied career-highs on beam (9.925) and floor (9.950, 1st) vs. UCLA ... tied for 1st (9.875) on vault at OSU ... tied for first-place on vault (9.925, tied career-high) with Jada Cox at Arizona ... 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 Maui with a 9.800 ... posted a 9.850 on floor, which tied for third with teammate Maggie Germaine.

Margaret Wojciak (Senior)Placed 6th on bars (9.875) vs. UCLA ... scored a 9.825 on bars at Arizona and fell on floor (9.175) ... did not compete this year until Utah ... 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 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 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 as an exhibition ... competed in one event at the Maui Invitational and posted a vault score of 9.600.

Carla DeMartini (Junior)Tied for 6th on vault (9.875) vs. UCLA ... tied for 6th on floor (9.825) at OSU ... did not compete at Arizona ... best meet of the young season was at Utah ... 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 ... posted a season-high 9.775 on floor in that same meet ... competed in three events at the Maui Invitational ... posted scores of 9.700 (vault), 9.700 (bars) and 9.650 (floor).

Maggie Germaine (Junior)2nd in all-around at Stanford (39.550) ... tied for 1st on floor (9.950) ... won all-around vs. UCLA, posting career-best and school record 39.775 ... posted career-high 10.0 on beam, winning that title vs. the Bruins ... tied for 1st on floor (9.950) vs. UCLA ... 2nd on bars (9.925) ... won all-around at OSU (39.400), the 10th-best score in school history ... tied for 1st on floor (9.925) at OSU ... tied her own school record, set this year vs. Washington, at Arizona 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 with a career-high 39.625 ... that score was the best-ever in ASU history, eclipsing the previous best of Laura Moon (39.600) ... 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 ... 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)Set career-high on beam (9.950) and tied for 5th vs. UCLA ... tied for third on beam (9.875) at Arizona ... placed 7th 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 ... competed in two events at Maui ... 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 4th on floor (9.9) at Stanford ... set career-high on beam (9.975) and placed 4th vs. UCLA ... tied for 3rd on beam (9.8) at OSU ... scored a pair of 9.850's on bars and beam at Arizona ... 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 ... participated in three events at Maui, 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 Stanford (39.350) ... tied for 1st on beam (9.950) ... scored a career-high all-around (39.625) vs. UCLA and placed 2nd ... tied career-best on beam (9.950) and set one on floor (9.9) ... tied for 2nd on bars (9.925) vs. the Bruins ... 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 ... 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 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 ... 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 ... scored a career-high on vault (9.7) vs. Washington ... competed in the vault (9.175), at Maui.

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

Tiffany Van Dusen (Freshman)Freshman who became eligible for competition on Thursday, Feb. 13 ... may compete in the UNO's Classic this week.

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