ASU Gymnasts Achieve No. 2 Ranking, Play Host To Boise State Friday

March 3, 2003

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This Week --Second-ranked Arizona State returns home Friday, March 7, to host Boise State at 7:30 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. ASU holds a 9-1 lead in the all-time series with the Broncos. The Sun Devils have faced eight 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), No. 8 Stanford (2/21) and No. 25 California (2/28). Rankings are based on rqs through Mar. 3, 2003.

ASU In The Rankings (Sun Devils Move To No. 2) --This week ASU is No. 2 nationally, its highest regular-season ranking in the current poll formula (since 1995). It is ASU's highest regular-season ranking since the early to mid 1980s, when it was consistently ranked in the top five. 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 info access ranks 2nd on beam (49.490 avg.) this week as well as 6th on floor (49.350 avg.). The Sun Devils are 6th on bars (49.220 avg.) and 4th on vault (49.285 avg.). Maggie Germaine is 4th nationally in the all-around (39.545 avg.) while Ashley Kelly is T-8th (39.435). Germaine is 3rd on floor (9.945 avg.) while Ashley Kelly is 5th (9.930) on beam and Ashley Ellsberry is 6th (9.930). Kelly is 8th on bars (9.9).

Meet Highlights From 2003 --ASU-California/Rutgers (2/28/03): ASU posted the third-highest team score in history, a 197.825 and defeated No. 25 California and Rutgers. It was the second-best team score this year. ASU posted its best vault score (49.475) and floor score (49.675, school record) of the year. Ashley Kelly won the all-around with a career-high score of 39.750. Kelly set or tied career-highs in all four events. Ashley Ellsberry won the floor (9.975, career-high) and tied Germaine and Kelly for 1st on beam (9.95, career-high).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 set a school record score, yet lost to No. 1 UCLA, 198.400-198.150. Maggie Germaine won the AA, posting a career-best/school record 39.775. Ashley Kelly's 39.625 (ch) tied for 2nd. ASU's beam score of 49.875 was a school record and national season-high. Germaine and Ashley Ellsberry had career-high 10.0's on beam. On floor, Germaine and Cassidy Vreeke tied career-highs with 9.95, sharing 1st.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 postedits 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 Collects Home Win No. 150, And No. 151 --ASU head coach John Spini, in his 23rd year, now has 151 career victories at home, with the UNO's Classic wins over No. 25 California and Rutgers.

Sun Devils Hot In All-Around --ASU has posted 13 of the Top 20 (and 7 of the top 10) all-Around scores in school history this season through eight meets. Maggie Germaine owns six of the scores, including the school record 39.775 (vs. UCLA 2/16/03). Ashley Kelly owns four and Ashley Ellsberry has three.ASU Top All-Around Scores Of All-Time:39.775 Maggie Germaine vs. UCLA 2/16/0339.750 Ashley Kelly vs. California, Rutgers 2/28/0339.625 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 --ASU has posted four of the top six (and six of the top 10) team scores in history in '03.1. UCLA (2/16/03) 198.1502. Arizona (3/1/02) 197.8503. California/Rutgers (2/28/03) 197.8254. @ Utah (1/24/03) 197.450 @ Arizona (3/2/01)6. Washington (1/17/03) 197.300

Sun Devils Posting Top Event Scores,Too --Vault High: 49.575 @ Midwest Reg., (4/4/98); high in 2003: 49.475 UNO's (2/28/03)Bars High: Record high this year, 49.475 @ Arizona (1/31/03)Beam High: National high in 2003; ASU Record high in 2003, 49.875 vs. UCLA (2/16/03)Floor High: Record high this year, 49.675 UNO's Classic (2/28/03)

Ashley Ellsberry (Senior)Won 1st on bars (9.975, ch), beam (9.95) and floor (9.975, ch) in UNO's Classic ... 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 ... at Arizona, tied 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 ... won on beam (9.950, tied ch) and placed 2nd on bars (9.925, ch) ... placed 3rd on vault (9.850, ch) ... set three career-highs against UW ... tied a career-high on floor (9.925, 2nd) and set highs on vault (9.8) and bars (9.875, T-4th) ... it was only her second vault ever ... tied for 2nd on beam ... posted a 39.500 all-around score vs. UW, which was a career-best and tied for 6th-best at ASU all-time ... posted a 38.400 in the all-around at the Maui Invitational and placed 7th ... was inserted on vault and bars during warmups when Margaret Wojciak hyperextended her knee.

Cassidy Vreeke (Senior)3rd on floor (9.925) in UNO's Classic ... 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 1st on vault (9.925, tied ch) with Jada Cox at Arizona ... tied for 3rd on vault at Utah (9.850) and tied for 4th on floor (9.900) ... set season-highs on vault (9.9), beam (9.875) and floor (9.875) versus UW ... tied for 3rd on floor and tied for 2nd on vault vs. UW ... finished 3rd on vault at Maui (9.800) ... posted a 9.850 on floor, which tied for 3rd with 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 1st on vault (9.925, tied ch) at Arizona with Cassidy Vreeke ... scored a 9.8 on vault at Utah (T-8th) ... posted a 9.825 (sh) on vault vs. UW as an exhibition ... competed in the vault (9.600) at the Maui Invite.

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 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 vs. UW ... competed in three events at the Maui Invite ... posted scores of 9.700 (vault), 9.700 (bars) and 9.650 (floor).

Maggie Germaine (Junior)Tied for 1st on vault (9.95, ch) and beam (9.95) in UNO's Classic ... 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. UW, 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 meet at Utah, placing 3rd in the all-around (39.575) ... placed 2nd on vault (9.875) and 3rd on floor (9.925) ... placed 3rd on beam (9.900), tyinga career-high ... tied for 3rd 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) vs. UW ... vault score of 9.9 tied for 2nd ... at the Maui Invite, scored a 9.800 on bars, which tied for 3rd ... posted a 9.850 on floor, tying for 3rd with Cassidy Vreeke.

Amber Giorgianni (Junior)6th on beam (9.9) in UNO's Classic ... set career-high on beam (9.950), tying for 5th vs. UCLA ... tied for 3rd 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, sh) and bars (9.125, fall) against UW ... competed in two events at Maui ... scored 9.650 on beam and 9.725 on bars ... the 9.725 on bars was a 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)4th on bars (9.875) in UNO's Classic ... 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. UW ... at Maui, scored a 9.825 on beam and a 9.750 on bars.

Ashley Kelly (Freshman)Won all-around in UNO's Classic with career-high 39.750 ... set or tied career-highs in all four events ... 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 4th on beam and placed 5th in the all-around (38.900) ... excellent in the UW meet, setting career-highs in all four events: vault (9.875, 6th), bars (9.9, T-1st), beam (9.95, 1st) and floor (9.825, 5th) ... her 39.550 all-around score was a career-best and placed her 2nd ... marvelous college debut at the Maui Invite ... recorded a 38.975 all-around score.

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

Shaena Friedman (Freshman)Posted a 9.8 on vault in an exhibition in UNO's Classic ... scored 9.750 on vault at Arizona ... scored a career-high on vault (9.7) vs. UW ... 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 ... posted a 9.9 on floor in an exhibition in UNO's Classic.

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