Gymnasts Ranked No. 9 In GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll

Jan. 3, 2005

Arizona State University's women's gymnastics team is ranked 9th in the GymInfo preseason coaches poll announced Monday.

ASU received 387 votes to gain its No. 9 ranking. UCLA is ranked No. 1 with 608 points and 15 first-place votes. Stanford is No. 3 (554, 4) while Oregon State is 12th (280). Arizona (No. 13, 264), Washington (No. 21, 117) and California (No. 25, 86) round out the Pacific-10 Conference teams in the top 25.

The Sun Devils, under 25th-year head coach John Spini, begin the 2005 campaign this Friday, January 7 at the Maui Invitational against Maryland, Boise State and Alaska-Anchorage. Spini has 299 career victories and will be looking for career win No. 300 at the Maui event.

ASU is led by junior all-arounder Ashley Kelly, who won the 2004 national championship on the balance beam. Senior Kari Muth and junior Lauren Powell are the other team leaders.

ASU's first home meet is Friday, January 14 versus Washington at 7:30 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.

The Devils host No. 1 UCLA on Friday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. ASU also hosts No. 25 California on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. and No. 19 Penn State on March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

GymInfo 2005 Women's Pre-Season Coaches PollRank Team Points 1st place votes1 UCLA 608 152 Georgia 565 33 Stanford 554 44 Alabama 531 15 Utah 530 26 Florida 510 17 Michigan 4798 LSU 4449 Arizona State 38710 Nebraska 38611 Oklahoma 35212 Oregon State 28013 Arizona 26414 Iowa State 25615 North Carolina 24016 Auburn 22117 Iowa 19618 Brigham Young 17819 Penn State 17320 Denver 16021 Washington 11722 Missouri 10523 West Virginia 9224 Arkansas 9025 California 86

Other team receiving votes:Minnesota, Michigan State, Illinois, Boise State, Utah State, Southern Utah, NC State, Ohio State, New Hampshire, Kent State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Illinois-Chicago, Kentucky, San Jose State, Cal State-Fullerton

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