ASU Gymnastics Inks Three To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 18, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz.-Arizona State University has signed three high school gymnasts to National Letters of Intent to study and compete at ASU, head coach John Spini announced Tuesday.

The talented trio is comprised of Josie Hancock of Mesa, Arizona, Taryn Shockley of Reno, Nevada and Karissa Vossler of Sparks, Nevada.

Hancock is considered one of the top gymnastics recruits in the nation. She is a 2003 Junior Olympic National Team member and placed second in both the vault and floor exercise at the Junior Olympic Nationals. Hancock placed first at regionals level 10 in 2003 and placed third in the all-around at the 2003 Junior Olympic Nationals. She also placed second on the vault at that meet. Hancock hails from Mountain View High School and performs with the Desert Devils Gymnastics Club in Mesa. Her planned major at ASU is business/interior design.

'Josie is one of the top recruits in the country,' says Spini. She will make an immediate impact on all four events because of her dynamic style of gymnastics. Josie could work her way into being one of the all-time greats here at ASU. We are extremely excited about her decision to be a Sun Devil.'

Shockley attends McQueen High School in Reno and performs for the Flips USA Gymnastics club. She competed at Level 10 at the 2001 and 2002 Nationals and placed 15th in 2002 in the all-around. Shockley finished sixth on balance beam and eighth on floor exercise in 2002 as well. She finished second in the all-around at the Nevada State meet in 2002 and was a top six finisher on beam and floor at the 2002 Junior Olympic Championships. Shockley is a three-time (2000, 2001 and 2002) winner of the Nancy Roach Award, presented annually for excellence in floor performance.

'Taryn is an athlete that I feel has not yet reached her potential,' says Spini. She shines on beam and floor and she will fit nicely into our lineup. She is very well trained and she has the style of gymnastics that we look for. We are anticipating Taryn to excel here at Arizona State.'

Vossler attends Reed High School in Sparks and performs for Flips USA Gymnastics Club. She is a Level 10 gymnast and her accomplishments include finishing first on vault at the 2003 Region I Championships. She was second in the all-around at that championships. At the 2003 Nationals, Vossler placed third on vault, fifth on floor exercise and ninth in the all-around.

'Karissa has an incredible enthusiasm for Arizona State,' says Spini. 'She has always dreamed of being a Sun Devil and this is the place she wants to be. Her attitude and work ethic are her strengths. She is also a very talented athlete and has a very beautiful look as a gymnast. We feel that Karissa will be very successful here at ASU.'

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