Gymnastics Hosts No. 11 Arizona This Weekend

Jan. 17, 2006

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This Week --
The No. 20 Arizona State University's gymnastics
team opens the 2006 home season with a
Pacific-10 Conference matchup with in-state rival
Arizona (No. 11), on Sunday, January 22 at
2:00 p.m. MT at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun
Devils, under 26th-year head coach John Spini,
enter a new era of Sun Devil gymnastics with the
$2 million John Spini Gymnastics Training
Facility on the ASU campus. It is the first time
in five years that the squad has trained on
campus. Spini looks to lead the Sun Devils to an
NCAA regional berth for the eighth time in
the last 10 seasons. Spini is currently ASU's
longest-tenured head coach, and is tied for second
on the all-time Sun Devil head coaching list with
long-time track and field mentor Senon
'Baldy' Castillo. Former Sun Devil women's tennis
coaching legend Anne Pittman holds the
distinction as the longest-tenured ASU head coach
in school history at 31 seasons. With a
193.15-189.95 victory over Boise State in Boise
last week, his regular-season record is now 307-
122-2 over 25-plus seasons. His won-loss mark at home is 163-25-1.
ASU In The Rankings --
ASU debuted at No. 14 in the GymInfo rankings,
based on the preseason coaches poll released
in December. ASU is No. 20 in this week's
rankings because they are based upon team high
scores and ASU has only one score (193.15) thus
far in 2006. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA
was selected third in the preseason poll with 579
votes and three first-place bids. ASU received
293 votes and was neighbored in the standings by
No. 9 Stanford (417), No. 13 Oregon
State (331), No. 17 Arizona (188) and No. 18
Washington (185). For info access http://
ASU Faces Nation's Finest --
Arizona State will face eight of the nation's Top
25 teams in 2006, according to the preseason
coaches poll. Of the squads the Sun Devils meet
in '06, Utah was No. 2, UCLA No. 3, Stanford
No. 9, Iowa State No. 11, Oregon State No. 13,
Arizona No. 17, Washington No. 18 and Denver
No. 21 in the preseason coaches poll. Five of
those meetings will be at home in Wells Fargo
ASU In The Rankings/Individual & Team Events --
Freshman Nicole Harris ranks 14th in the
all-around at 39.05. Harris is tied for 23rd
nationally (9.825) on balance beam with a host of gymnast,
including teammate Ashley Kelly.
As a team, ASU is ranked 20th nationally and 11th
on floor exercise (48.8). ASU is 5th on
balance beam (48.8) and tied for 21st on vault (48.65).
ASU Versus Arizona --
Arizona State University leads the all-time
series with Arizona, 71-23-2. The Sun Devils lead
in regular-season meets (31-6-2) and in
postseason competition (40-17-0). ASU is 13-1 at
home versus UA in Wells Fargo Arena, 13-5-1 in Tucson
and 5-0-1 at neutral sites. The Sun Devils
lost to the Wildcats in Tucson last year,
193.925-193.5. ASU finished behind UA at both the
2005 Pacific-10 Conference Championships and at
the 2005 NCAA South Central regionals in
Lincoln, Nebraska.
2006 Results --
1/13/06: At Boise State-- Freshman Nicole Harris
won three events and the all-around as ASU
defeated Boise State, 193.15-189.95 at Boise.
Harris posted a 39.05 in the all-around which
represented her first title in her first
collegiate meet. Harris took honors on the uneven
parallel bars (9.775), on balance beam (9.875) and on the
floor exercise (9.75). Junior April Boone
and senior Ashley Kelly tied for second in the
all-around (38.6). Senior Lauren Powell was
4th (9.8) on vault and 2nd on bars (9.725). Kelly
was 3rd on beam (9.825) and on floor (9.7).
Freshman Tiana Jean finished 5th on floor (9.5).
ASU trailed after three events, but won the
meet with a score of 48.8 on beam.

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