No. 9 Gymnasts Sweep Maui Invitational, John Spini Wins 300th

Jan. 8, 2005

Junior Lauren Powell won the all-around competition, scoring a 39.375 and head coach John Spini collected the 300th win of his 25-year coaching career as Arizona State University (195.7) defeated Maryland (193.975), Alaska-Anchorage (191.275) and Boise State (190.9) in front of 950 fans at the 2005 Maui Invitational late Friday. It was the season opener for all four teams. ASU, ranked 9th nationally, is now 3-0 on the season.

Spini entered the season with 299 career victories, just one shy of the 300-win plateau. With the three victories, he garnered wins No. 300, 301 and 302.

'I'm really pleased with our performance for the first time out,' says Spini. 'We had to count one fall on bars and we entered only five competitors on vault. We would have been well over 196 if we had not had to count that fall.'

Powell, a junior competing in the first all-around competition of her career, won vault (9.9), tied for second on balance beam (9.875) and tied for third on uneven bars (9.825) en route to her initial win. ASU teammate Ashley Kelly (Jr.) placed second in the all-around (38.975) and had one fall on bars. Sun Devil sophomore Cassandra Jusino fell on bars as well, placing third in the all-around (38.85). Sophomore April Boone was fifth (38.075)

Beyond Powell's victory on vault, ASU's Kelly placed second (9.85) while Jusino tied for third with Carla Chambers of Boise State (.9.825). Boone posted a 9.625 while Sophomore Donna Chance scored a 9.45.

On bars, ASU's Boone tied for first (9.85) with Boise State's Lindsay Ward. It was the first career event win for Boone. Powell, and Mandy Pascual and Leah Brill of Maryland tied for third (9.825). Kelly (9.225), Jusino (9.3), senior Kari Muth (9.75) and sophomore Lisa Lanza (9.775). It was Lanza's first collegiate meet.

Kelly, the reigning NCAA champion on balance beam, won the beam competition, scoring 9.925. Powell and Maryland's Rachel Colon tied for second with 9.875's. Muth scored a 9.8 while Jusino recorded a 9.775. Freshman Josie Hancock's 9.85 and Boone's 8.7 rounded out the ASU scoring.

Kelly won her second event of the evening for ASU, this time scoring a 9.975 on the floor exercise. Jusino's 9.95 took second-place while Boone and Dominique Ingram of Alaska-Anchorage tied for third (9.9). Powell scored a 9.775 while teammates Taryn Shockley (freshman, 9.725) and Muth (9.675) completed the ASU scoring.

Complete scoring of the meet was not immediately available.

The Sun Devils open the home portion of the 2005 campaign Friday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena against No. 21 University of Washington.

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