No. 3 Ranked Gymnasts To Compete At Pacific-10 Conference Championships

March 24, 2003

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This Week --Third-ranked Arizona State travels to UCLA Saturday, March 29, for the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Championships at 6:00 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. 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. 24, 2003.

ASU In The Rankings (Sun Devils Hold At No. 3) --This week ASU held at No. 3 nationally. The previous No. 2 ranking of two weeks ago was 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 rankings see Pg. 2 of the release. For info access ranks 2nd on beam (49.490 avg.) this week as well as T-7th on floor (49.430 avg.). The Sun Devils are 5th on bars (49.315 avg.) and 5th on vault (49.365 avg.). Maggie Germaine is 5th nationally in the all-around (39.575 avg.) while Ashley Kelly is T-14th (39.475). Germaine is T-2nd on floor (9.965 avg.) while Ashley Kelly is 8th (9.930) on beam and Ashley Ellsberry is T-4th (9.945). Kelly is T-6th on bars (9.920).

Meet Highlights From 2003 --ASU-Kentucky (3/21/03): ASU set the school record 198.275 team score in beating the Wildcats. Ashley Kelly scored the first two perfect 10's of her career (vault, bars) and recorded the school record all-around mark of 39.875, the highest AA score in the nation. ASU set a team record on vault (49.650), on bars (49.500) and on floor (49.725).ASU-San Jose State (3/14/03): ASU had a subpar meet but still scored a 197.300, its season average. Maggie Germaine scored her 4th perfect 10.0 of the year, this time on floor. She won the all-around (39.550). ASU's vault score (49.500) was its 2nd-highest all year. Kari Muth had a career-high on floor (9.950) and bars (9.925).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 road victory 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): ASU opened the home season versus Pac-10 foe No. 17 Washington and took 1st with a score of 197.300, the third-highest team score in school history at the time. Junior Maggie Germaine scored a school record and career-high all-around total of 39.625, placing 1st. 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 beat New Hampshire and San Jose State, but lost to Stanford (196.050-194.200). Ashley Kelly had a big debut, placing 3rd in the all-around (38.975).

ASU's John Spini Collects Home Win No. 154 --ASU head coach John Spini, in his 23rd year, now has 154 career victories at home, with the UNO's Classic wins over No. 25 California and Rutgers being Nos. 150 and 151.

Sun Devils Hot In All-Around --ASU has posted 16 of the Top 23 (and each of the top 10) all-Around scores in school history this season through 10 meets. Maggie Germaine owns seven of the scores. Ashley Kelly owns six, including the school record and Ashley Ellsberry four.ASU Top All-Around Scores Of All-Time:39.875 Ashley Kelly vs. Kentucky 3/21/0339.775 Maggie Germaine vs. UCLA 2/16/0339.750 Ashley Kelly vs. California, Rutgers 2/28/0339.675 Ashley Ellsberry vs. Kentucky 3/21/0339.625 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. San Jose State 3/14/03 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. Kentucky (3/21/03) 198.275 3. UNO's Classic (2/28/03) 197.8252. UCLA (2/16/03) 198.150 4. @ Utah (1/24/03) 197.4503. Arizona (3/1/02) 197.850 @ Arizona (3/2/01) 197.450

Sun Devils Posting Top Event Scores,Too --Vault High: Record high this year, 49.650 vs. Kentucky (3/21/03)Bars High: Record high this year, 49.500 vs. Kentucky (3/21/03)Beam High: National high in 2003; ASU Record high in 2003, 49.875 vs. UCLA (2/16/03)Floor High: Record high this year, 49.725 vs. Kentucky (3/21/03)

Ashley Ellsberry (Senior)Career-high all-around (39.675, 2nd) and vault (9.9) vs. Kentucky ... 3rd on vault (9.875) vs. San Jose St. ... 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) ... 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 (7th) in the all-around at the Maui Invite.

Cassidy Vreeke (Senior)Tied career-high on vault (9.950) vs. UK, placing 2nd ... 2nd on vault (9.925) vs. SJSU ... 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)5th on bars (9.875) vs. SJSU ... 2nd on bars (9.9) vs. Boise St. ... placed 6th on bars (9.875) vs. UCLA ... scored a 9.825 on bars at Arizona ... did not compete this year until Utah ... scored a 9.875 and tied for third with Carla DeMartini and Maggie Germaine ... did not compete at Maui (hyperextended knee).

Jada Cox (Junior)7th on vault (9.825) vs. SJSU ... tied for 3rd (vault, 9.9) vs. Boise St. ... tied for 1st on vault (9.925, tied ch) at UA with Vreeke ... scored a 9.8 vault at Utah (T-8th).

Carla DeMartini (Junior)T-3rd on vault (9.875) vs. SJSU ... 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. UW ... posted a season-high 9.775 vs. UW ... competed in three events at the Maui ... posted scores of 9.700 (vault), 9.700 (bars) and 9.650 (floor).

Maggie Germaine (Junior)Won all-around (39.550) vs. SJSU and scored 10.0 on floor, her fourth of the year and 2nd on floor ... scored two 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 atStanford (39.550) ... tied for 1st on floor (9.950) ... won all-around vs. UCLA,

posting career-best and school record 39.775 ... posted 10.0 on beam, placing 1st ... 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 ASU annals ... tied for 1st on floor (9.925) at OSU ... tied her own school record, set this year vs. UW, at Arizona with all-around score of 39.625 (1st) ... tied a career-high on bars (9.950, T-1st) and floor (9.975, 1st) ... at Utah, placed 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), tying UCLA ... won all-around vs. UW with a career-high 39.625, the best-ever in ASU history to date ... 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 Maui, scored a 9.800 on bars, T-3rd ... posted a 9.850 on floor, tying for 3rd with Cassidy Vreeke.

Amber Giorgianni (Junior)Career-high 9.875 on bars vs. UK ... 3rd on beam (9.9) vs. SJSU ... 6th on beam (9.9) in UNO's Classic ... set career-high on beam (9.950), T-5th vs. UCLA ... T-3rd on beam (9.875) at UA ... 7th on bars at Utah (9.850) ... competed on beam (9.85, sh) and bars (9.125, fall) against UW ... scored 9.725 (ch) on bars at Maui.

Trisha Dixon (Sophomore)Will miss the 2003 season while rehabilitating a chronic back problem.

Kari Muth (Sophomore)2nd on bars (9.9) vs. UK ... T-1st on bars (9.925, ch), 2nd on floor (9.950, ch) and beam (9.925) vs. SJSU ... 4th on bars (9.875) in UNO's ... T-4th on floor (9.9) at Stanford ... set career-high on beam (9.975) and was 4th vs. UCLA ... T-3rd on beam (9.8) at OSU ... scored 9.850 on bars and beam at UA ... 1st on bars (9.9, t-ch) and T-2nd on beam (9.9, t-ch) vs. UW.

Ashley Kelly (Freshman)Set school record all-around (39.875) vs. Kentucky and recorded first two 10.0's of her career (vault/bars) ... 1st on beam (9.975) and T-1st on bars (9.925) vs. SJSU ... won all-around vs. Boise State (39.625), tying the 3rd-best score in history ... won all-around in UNO's Classic with career-high 39.750 ... set or tied career-highs in 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. UCLA ... placed 3rd in AA at OSU (39.175) ... tied career-highs on bars (9.950, T-1st) and floor (9.875, T-3rd) at Arizona ... 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 AA (38.900) ... excellent UW meet, setting career-highs in four events: vault (9.875, 6th), bars (9.9, T-1st), beam (9.95, 1st) and floor (9.825, 5th) ... her 39.550 AA score was a career-best and placed 2nd ... great debut at Maui, posting 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)T-3rd on floor (9.825) vs. SJSU ... posted a 9.9 (ch) floor in UNO's.

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