Gymnasts Prepare For National Championships Next Week

April 8, 2004

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This Week --Arizona State University is preparing for its 23rd appearance all-time in the National Championships Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17 in Los Angeles at Pauley pavilion on the campus of UCLA. The Sun Devils (No. 17) will compete in session 2 (evening, 7 p.m.) against top-seeded UCLA (1), Alabama (3), Utah (5), LSU (7) and Michigan (19). The top three finishers of the session advance to compete in the NCAA Super Six Championships on Friday night at 7 p.m. ASU will begin the meet with a bye before bars, followed by balance beam, floor exercise and vault. It is ASU's sixth appearance in the NCAA Championships in the past eight years. The National Championships will be televised by CBS on Saturday, May 1 from 1-3 p.m. ET. The announcers are Bonnie Bernstein and Amanda Borden. The sideline reporter is Tracy Wolfson.

ASU In The Rankings --Arizona State finished the year ranked at No. 17. ASU debuted at No. 9 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released Dec. 14. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the NCAA crown with 938 votes and 27 first-place bids. ASU received 628 votes and was neighbored in the standings by No. 6 Stanford (751), No. 11 Oregon State (447) and No. 15 Washington (370). Arizona (17th, 290) and California (21st, 157) rounded out the list of Pac-10 teams in the top-25. For info access http://www.troester.com/gym/.

ASU Faced Nation's Finest --Arizona State faced nine (almost half) of the nation's top 22 teams in 2004 according to the preseason coaches poll. Of the squads the Sun Devils met in 2004, UCLA was No. 1, Utah was No. 4, Stanford was No. 6, Nebraska was No. 8, Oregon State was No. 11, Washington was No. 15, Arizona was No. 17, California was No. 21 and Minnesota was No. 22. Six of those meetings were at home in Wells Fargo Arena.

Last Outing --Arizona State tied for fourth at the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Championships while posting their best road score of the season, a 196.775. Ashley Kelly scored a 39.625 in the all-around, good for a tie for fifth and saw her string of five consecutive all-around titles snapped. Cassandra Jusino tied for 10th (39.425). Kelly tied for first-place on beam with a 9.95. ASU's team score of 49.375 on beam was its second-best of the year.

Meet Highlights In 2004 --ASU-Minnesota (3/12/04): ASU beat Minnesota, 198.125-197.7. Ashley Kelly tied a school record with her fifth-straight all-around title, scoring 39.85, including 10.0's on vault and beam. Kelly tied Tina Brinkman, who won five in a row in '94. Kelly's 10.0 on vault was her third career and second of '04. Her 10.0 on beam was ther second career perfect score. The win was Kelly's 10th career title. Maggie Germaine was second in the all-around (39.8) with a career-high. She scored the second 10.0 vault of her career and followed with her sixth career 10.0 on floor (4th of '04). Cassandra Jusino posted a career-high 9.95 on bars (2nd). Kari Muth scored the first 10.0 of her career on beam.ASU-Eastern Michigan (3/5/04): Ashley Kelly scored 39.8, winning her fourth straight all-around title in leading ASU to a school record 198.45 and a win over Eastern Michigan (194.875). Kelly won three events -- vault (9.95), bars (9.925-T), and beam (10.0). The 10.0 on beam was her first on that event and the fifth overall of her career. ASU smashed the school record on bars, scoring 49.6, breaking the old mark of 49.525 (2/6/04 vs. OSU). April Boone set a career-high (9.9) and tied for second on vault with Maggie Germaine and Cassandra Jusino. Kelly tied Kari Muth, Lauren Powell and Jusino for first on bars at 9.925. Muth and Germaine tied first on floor with 10.0's. It was Muth's first perfect score of her career and the seventh for Germaine.

ASU-Arizona (2/27/04), ASU-Masters Classic (2/29/04): ASU used school records on vault (49.65) and floor (49.825) and a near record of 49.5 on bars to beat No. 11 Arizona, 197.7-196.225. The Devils posted 17 career or season-highs, posting their fifth-best team score. Ashley Kelly won the AA with a school record 39.875. She tied her own school mark set last year and won her seventh career all-around title. ASU posted two 10.0's on vault, led by Kelly's third career 10.0 and second of the meet. Cassandra Jusino also chipped in with a 10.0, the first of her career. Kelly and Kari Muth tied for first on bars, scoring 9.925's. Kelly scored the second 10.0 of the meet, tying for first on floor with Germaine. It was Germaine's second straight 10 on floor and the fifth of her career. On Sunday, ASU scored 195.625, its second-highest road score of the year at the Masters Classic in Nebraska. Kelly tied for the all-around (39.55) title and won her second AA in three days (8th of career). She won bars (9.95) and tied for first on floor (9.875). Germaine tied Kelly for first on floor 9.875.

ASU-Utah/Air Force (2/20/04): ASU scored its second-highest team score of the season, a 196.5, but lost to Utah (196.85) in the UNO's Classic. Air Force was third (190.6). Ashley Kelly, who was ill, won the all-around (39.75). It was her sixth career all-around title. On vault, Kelly and Carla DeMartini scored season-highs of 9.875 and 9.825, respectively. ASU scored a 48.85 on vault, ASU's third-best of the season. Kelly tied for first at 9.925 on bars, a season-high. DeMartini also set a season-high on bars with a 9.875 (T-5th). ASU's 49.35 on bars was its second-highest score of the season. ASU won beam with a 49.125. Kelly won the event with a 9.975, a season and career-high. Germaine scored a perfect 10.0 and tied for first on floor.

ASU-Washington (2/13/04): ASU counted two falls on the meet's first event (uneven bars) and lost to No. 18 Washington, 197.325-193.075, in Seattle. 17th-ranked ASU did not win an event title. Cassandra Jusino was a bright spot, finishing in a tie for third in the all-around with a career-high 39.45. ASU's first three competitors - April Boone (8.8), Carla DeMartini (9.1) and Maggie Germaine (9.025) - had falls on bars. Jusino rallied ASU with a 9.8 while Ashley Kelly and Kari Muth followed with 9.875 and 9.825, respectively. ASU scored a season-low on bars (47.625). It got worse for the Sun Devils on the floor exercise with a season-low 48.1.

ASU-Oregon State (2/6/04): ASU set a school record 49.525 on bars and many career and season-highs to beat No. 20 OSU, 196.975-196. 7. ASU's 196.975 was a season-high. Ashley Kelly won beam and was 2nd on bars, winning the all-around title with a season-high 39.575. Maggie Germaine posted a season-high 9.9 on vault (1st). Cassandra Jusino scored a season-high 9.875 (T-2nd). ASU had a season-high 49.025 vault and set a school record on bars (49.525), breaking the mark of 49.500 set last year. Kari Muth had a career-high 9.95 on bars, placing first. Kelly won the beam (season-high 9.95). Germaine took first on floor (career-high 9.975).

ASU-UCLA/CS-Fullerton (2/1/04): ASU scored its highest total of the year and placed second in a three-way meet at UCLA. The Sun Devils scored a 195.925., losing to the No. 6 Bruins (197.550) and defeating CS-Fullerton (191.950). Ashley Kelly placed third in the all-around, scoring a 39.5. She tied for second (9.85, tied season-high) on vault, placed fifth on uneven bars (9.85), fourth on beam (9.9, tied season-high) and fourth on floor (9.9, tied season-high). Maggie Germaine had her best meet of '04, scoring 39.05 in the all-around, tying for fourth with Cassandra Jusino. Carla DeMartini also set a season-high (9.775) on floor while Amber Giorgianni set a season-high on beam (9.775). Muth also set a season-high on beam (9.8).

ASU-Cal/SJSU/Utah State (1/23/04): ASU went on the road for the first time and had a sub-par meet, finishing 2nd at the Cal Invite. Cal won, scoring 195.95. ASU was second (194.25), followed by USU (194.15) and SJSU (193.875). ASU suffered numerous falls. ASU's top finisher on vault was Kelly with a 9.85, good for third. Kelly tied for first on bars with a 9.9. Kelly and Dodd tied for first on beam with 9.9's.

ASU-Stanford (1/18/04): In the season opener, ASU upset No. 6-ranked Stanford, 195.825-195.5 at Wells Fargo. The victory snapped a nine-meet losing streak against Stanford, the first win since the April, 2000 Pacific-10 Championships which ASU hosted. Frosh Cassandra Jusino capped a marvelous debut by placing third in the all-around (39.35) and winning the vault title (9.825). She placed third in both the floor (9.85) and the beam (9.85). Jusino averaged 9.8375 in four events in her first meet. Ashley Kelly won all-around honors, scoring a 39.525. Kelly won the beam (9.9) and bars (9.95) titles and placed second on floor (9.9).

Jada Cox (Senior)T-7th on vault at NCAA Central Regional (9.9) ... made honorable mention Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic honors in 2004 ... tied career-high on floor (9.95), placed T-2nd vs. Minnesota ... T-4th on vault (9.9) vs. UM ... tied season-high (9.825) on vault (T-8th) at Masters Classic ... career-high 9.95 on floor (T-4th) vs. Arizona ... 9.825 on vault vs. UA tied season-high ... career-high 9.9 on floor in UNO's Classic ... 4th on beam (9.825) (tied career-high) at UW ... set career-high on floor (9.875) vs. OSU ... placed 7th on beam (9.85) with a season-high at UCLA ... tied for 13th on vault (9.6) at UCLA ... tied for 4th on vault (9.825) at Cal ... finished 7th (9.7) on vault and 8th (9.675) on floor vs. Stanford.

Carla DeMartini (Senior)9.925 on vault T-4th at NCAA Central Regional ... T-20th (9.85) on vault at Pac-10's ... career-high 9.925 on floor (T-5th) vs. Minnesota ... T-7th with a season-high 9.85 on floor at Masters Classic ... Co-MVP of UA meet, tying for 4th on vault and bars (9.9) ... season-high 9.825 on vault and 9.875 on bars in UNO's Classic ... at UCLA, placed T-4th on vault (9.8) and T-8th on floor (9.775, season-high) ... suffered a fall on bars (9.2) at Cal ... competed on uneven bars vs. Stanford, placing tied for 9th (9.65).

Maggie Germaine (Senior)9.9 on beam T-2nd at NCAA Central Regional ... made honorable mention Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic in 2004 ... recorded career-high all-around score of 39.8 (2nd) vs. Minnesota ... posted two 10.0's (vault and floor) vs. UM ... posted 39.525 for 2nd in all-around vs. EMU ... scored 7th 10.0 of career on floor vs. EMU ... 9.9 on vault T-2nd vs. EMU ... T-1st on floor (9.875) at Masters Classic ... fourth 10.0 of career on floor vs. Arizona ... season-high all-around of 39.65 vs. UA (2nd) ... posted sixth perfect 10.0 of her career on floor, winning UNO's Classic title ... 2nd on beam (9.925) vs. UW ... won vault (9.9) and floor (9.975) vs. OSU ... scored a season-high 39.05 all-around at UCLA ... placed T-4th (9.8) on vault, T-10th on bars (9.725), T-10th on beam (9.8) and T-12th on floor (9.725) ... with a sub-par routine on bars, scored a 37.825 in the all-around at Cal ... tied for 4th on vault (9.825) and was 5th on floor (9.85) at Cal ... placed 4th (38.825) in the all-around vs. Stanford ... was 3rd on bars (9.9) and beam (9.85) in that meet ... also 5th on floor (9.825).

Amber Giorgianni (Senior)Tied career-high 9.95 on beam for 2nd vs. EMU ... was 13th on beam (9.775, season-high) at UCLA ... fell on beam (9.125) at Cal ... placed 11th on the balance beam (9.7) vs. Stanford on Jan. 18.

Kari Muth (Junior)Made First-Team Pacific-10 Conference All-Adacemic with a 3.96 in finance ... first career 10.0 on beam (1st) vs. Minnesota ... 9.9 on bars vs. UM was T-4th ... scored first 10.0 of career on floor (T-1st) vs. EMU and T-1st on bars (9.925) ... T-1st on bars (9.925) vs. UA ... T-5th on beam (9.8) in UNO's Classic ... 6th on bars (9.825) vs. UW ... won bars (9.95, ch) and was 5th on floor (9.9) and 2nd on beam (9.85) vs. OSU ... T-10th on bars (9.725), T-10th on beam (9.8, season-high) and T-5th on floor (9.825, sh) at UCLA ... tied for 7th (9.775) on beam vs. Stanford.

Ashley Kelly (Sophomore)2nd in all-around at NCAA Central Regionals (39.625) ... T-1st on vault (9.95), 1st on beam (9.95) and T-3rd on floor (9.875) ... T-5th in AA at Pac-10's (39.625) ... T-1st on beam (9.95) ... T-6th on bars (9.9) and vault (9.9) ... tied school record with fifth straight AA title (39.85) vs. Minnesota ... posted two 10.0's (vault/beam) vs. UM ... 10.0 on vault was her third while beam was her second ... won 9th all-around title of career (39.8) vs. EMU ... won beam (10.0), vault (9.95) and bars (T-9.925) in that meet ... posted first 10.0 on beam of career vs. EMU ... won 8th all-around title of career (39.55) at Masters Classic, tying for first ... won bars (9.95) and tied for 1st on floor (9.875) in Lincoln ... won 7th AA title of career (39.875) vs. UA ... tied own school record AA vs. UA ... posted two 10.0's on vault and floor in that meet ... won all five events vs. UA ... won the 6th AA title (39.75) of her career in UNO's Classic, despite illness ... won beam (9.975) and bars (9.925) in that meet ... 3rd on vault (9.875) and floor (9.975) in UNO's ... at UW, placed 4th in all-around (38.975) ... won 5th AA title (39.575) vs. OSU (1st on beam, 9.95, 2nd on bars, 9.925) ... 3rd in AA (39.5) at UCLA ... T-2nd on vault (9.85), 5th on bars (9.85) and 4th on beam (9.9) and floor (9.9) there ... at Cal, tied for 1st on bars (9.9) and beam (9.9) and 3rd on vault (9.875) ... vs. Stanford, won the all-around (39.525) ... it was her fourth all-around title while at ASU ... won bars (9.95) and tied for first on beam (9.9) ... placed 2nd on floor (9.9) and placed 5th on vault (9.775) ... nationally, ranks 3rd in the all-around (39.665), 6th on beam (9.945) and T-14th on bars (9.92).

Lauren Powell (Sophomore)Tied career-high on floor (9.925) T-5th vs. Minnesota ... T-1st on bars (9.925) vs. EMU with a career-high ... ch on beam (9.9) vs. EMU ... career-high on floor (9.925) vs. UA ... career-high 9.9 on floor at UNO's Classic ... returned for UW meet, scoring 9.4 on beam ... missed the OSU and UCLA/CSF meets with a dislocated shoulder ... established a career-high on the floor (9.825) tying for 6th at Cal ... 9.825 on bars tied for 7th ... performed in her first meet since becoming a Sun Devil ... also placed 7th on beam (9.775) and 5th on bars (9.875).

Shaena Friedman (Sophomore)Scored a 9.725 on vault in an exhibition vs. Stanford ... if she was in the lineup, would have finished 7th in that meet.

April Boone (Freshman)T-2nd (9.9) on vault vs. EMU ... T-4th on vault (9.85) at Masters ... T-5th on vault (9.8) vs. UW ... T-3rd on floor (9.925) and 4th on bars (9.90 vs. OSU) ... placed 6th on bars (9.8) at UCLA ... posted a 9.325 on vault vs. Stanford.

Donna Chance (Freshman)9th on vault (9.725) vs. OSU ... was 8th (9.75) on vault at UCLA ... set career-high on vault (9.825) vs. Cal/SJSU/USU, good for tie for 4th ... in her college debut vs. Stanford, posted a 9.8 on vault and placed 4th.

Cassandra Jusino (Freshman)T-10th in AA (39.425) at Pac-10's ... 4th on floor (9.95) at Pac-10's ... career-high 9.975 (2nd) on bars vs. Minnesota ... career-high 39.625 all-around vs. EMU (2nd) ... T-1st on bars (9.925) vs. EMU ... scored first 10.0 of career on vault vs. UA ... T-3rd on bars (9.9) in UNO's Classic ... career-high 39.45 all-around was 3rd vs. UW ... tied career-high on beam (9.875, 3rd) vs. UW ... took 2nd on vault (9.875) and floor (9.950, ch) and tied for 2nd on bars (9.925, ch) vs. OSU ... T-4th in AA (39.050) at UCLA ... 10th on vault (9.7), T-7th on bars (9.775), T-10th on beam (9.8) and T-8th on floor (9.775) at UCLA ... set career-highs on bars (9.825) and floor (9.9) at Cal ... placed 2nd on floor ... placed 3rd (39.35) in the AA vs. Stanford ... won the vault (9.825), the first event of her career ... placed 3rd (9.85) on floor tied for 3rd (9.85) on beam and 6th (9.825) on bars.

Lisa Lanza (Freshman)Has not competed in a meet this year.

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