No. 13 ASU Gymnastics To Compete Against Washington And Seattle Pacific Friday

Jan. 23, 2006

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This Week --The No. 13 Arizona State University's gymnastics team continues the 2006 season with a Pacific-10 Conference matchup with unranked Washington and Seattle Pacific, on Friday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Bank of America Arena. The Sun Devils, under 26th-year head coach John Spini, are in 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 195.3-195.15 victory over No. 14 Arizona in Tempe last week, his regular-season record is now 308-122-2 over 25-plus seasons. His won-loss mark at home is 164-25-1.ASU In The Rankings --ASU debuted at No. 14 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released in December. ASU climbed to No. 13 in this week's rankings, which are based upon total season average score. 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 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 Arena.ASU In The Rankings/Individual & Team Events --Senior Ashley Kelly is ranked 15th nationally in the all-around (39.037 while freshman Nicole Harris is 18th (39.0). Kelly ranks 3rd (9.875) on the balance beam while Harris is tied for 19th (9.787). Harris also ranks tied for 18th on bars (9.825). ASU is ranked 13th nationally as a team and 1st on the balance beam (48.825). The Sun Devils are ranked 16th on floor exercise (48.437), 16th on the uneven parallel bars (48.462) and are tied for 9th on vault (48.912).ASU Versus Washington--Arizona State University leads the all-time series with Washington, 37-13-0. The Sun Devils lead in regular-season meets (17-7) and in postseason competition (20-6). ASU is 11-1 at home versus UW in Wells Fargo Arena, 2-6 in Seattle and 4-0-0 at neutral sites. The Sun Devils lost to the Huskies in Tempe last year, 193.050-192.75. ASU finished behind UW at the 2005 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, placing sixth. Washington was fifth.2006 Results --1/22/06: vs. Arizona--ASU defeated Arizona, 195.3-195.15 in the home opener at WFA. Ashley Kelly won the 16th all-around title of her illustrious career, winning two events and placingno lower than third. She scored a 39.475. She won on bars (9.9, tied) and on beam (9.925). Kelly placed 2nd (9.875) on vault and tied for third on floor (9.775). Frosh Tia Orlando won vault with a 9.9, her career-high and tied for 3rd on beam (9.75). Freshman Nicole Harris tied for 3rd on bars (9.875) and on beam (9.75).

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