Sun Devil Gymnasts Remain Ranked No. 2 In Nation

March 10, 2003

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This Week --Second-ranked Arizona State returns home Friday, March 14, to host San Jose State at 7:30 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. ASU holds a 5-0 lead in the all-time series with the Spartans. The Sun Devils have faced eight ranked teams in '03 in 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. 10, 2003.

ASU In The Rankings (Sun Devils Remain At No. 2) --This week ASU stays at 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 T-4th on floor (49.410 avg.). The Sun Devils are 7th on bars (49.220 avg.) and 5th on vault (49.315 avg.). Maggie Germaine is 5th nationally in the all-around (39.545 avg.) while Ashley Kelly is T-8th (39.435). Germaine is 3rd on floor (9.950 avg.) while Ashley Kelly is 5th (9.930) on beam and Ashley Ellsberry is T-6th (9.930). Kelly is T-8th on bars (9.910).

Meet Highlights From 2003 --ASU-Boise State (3/7/03): Aided by three perfect 10.0s by Maggie Germaine (vault and floor) and Cassidy Vreeke (floor), ASU posted its 6th-best team score in history, a 197.400 in beating Boise State (195.250). ASU set a school record on vault with a 49.600. ASU's 49.650 on floor was the 2nd-best score in school history.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): ASU recorded its 7th-highest score in school history, defeating No. 13 Arizona, 196.950-196.175 in Tucson. ASU set a school record on bars (49.475). Maggie Germaine tied her own school record (career-high) in the all-around (39.625).ASU-Utah (1/24/03): Arizona State gave 23rd-year head coach John Spini his first roadvictory over the 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 its 28-year history. It was ASU's first victory over Utah in Salt Lake City since 1976. ASU posted its 3rd-highest team score ever.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-aroundtotal 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.

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 14 of the Top 20 (and 9 of the top 11) all-Around scores in school history this season through nine meets. Maggie Germaine owns six of the scores, including the school record 39.775 (vs. UCLA 2/16/03). Ashley Kelly owns five and Ashley Ellsberry 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. Boise State 3/7/03 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) 2/16/96

Sun Devil Team Sizzling In 2003 --ASU has posted four of the top six team scores in history in '03.1. UCLA (2/16/03) 198.150 4. @ Utah (1/24/03) 197.4502. Arizona (3/1/02) 197.850 @ Arizona (3/2/01) 197.4503. UNO's Classic (2/28/03) 197.825 6. Boise State (3/7/03) 197.400

Sun Devils Posting Top Event Scores,Too --Vault High: Record high this year, 49.600 Boise State (3/7/03)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)3rd on floor (9.950) vs. Boise State ... 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 Invite and placed 7th.

Cassidy Vreeke (Senior)Tied with Maggie Germaine for 1st on floor with her first perfect 10.0 vs. Boise State ... 2nd on vault (9.95) vs. Boise State ... 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)2nd on bars (9.9) vs. Boise State ... 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 ... did not compete at Maui (hyperextended knee).

Jada Cox (Junior)Tied for 3rd on vault (9.9) vs. Boise State ... tied for 1st on vault (9.925, tied ch) at UA with Cassidy Vreeke ... scored a 9.8 on vault at Utah (T-8th).

Carla DeMartini (Junior)Tied for 3rd on vault (9.9) vs. Boise State ... tied for 6th on vault (9.875) vs. UCLA ... tied for 6th on floor (9.825) at OSU ... best meet of the season was at Utah ... won the vault, 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)Scored two perfect 10.0s vs. Boise State (vault and floor) ... 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, win-ning 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 great meet at Utah, placing 3rd in the all-around (39.575) ... (9.875) and 3rd on floor (9.925) ... placed 3rd on beam (9.900), tying UCLA ... won the all-around vs. UW 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 the 2003 season while rehabilitating a chronic back problem.

Kari Muth (Sophomore)4th on bars (9.875) in UNO's Classic ... T-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 9.850 on bars and beam at UA ... scored 9.875 on beam (T-4th) and 9.800 on floor (T-9th) at Utah ... tied career-high on bars (9.9, 1st) and set career-high on beam (9.9, T-2nd) vs. UW.

Ashley Kelly (Freshman)All-around winner vs. Boise State (39.625), tying the 3rd-highest score in history ... 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 ... great 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 UA ... scored a career-high on vault (9.7) vs. UW.

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

Tiffany Van Dusen (Freshman)9.825 on floor vs. Boise State ... posted a 9.9 floor exhibition in UNO's Classic.

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