No. 12 ASU Gymnasts Host No. 2 Utah on Friday

Jan. 30, 2006

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This Week --

The No. 12 ranked ArizonaStateUniversity's gymnastics team continues the 2006 season

with a non-conference matchup with No. 2 Utah, on Friday, Febuary 3 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Wells

Fargo 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 longesttenured

ASU head coach in school history at 31 seasons. With a 195.175-191.525-190.225 victory

over Washington and Seattle-Pacific in Seattle last Friday, his regular-season record is

now 310-122-2 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. 12 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

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 Arena.

ASU In The Rankings/Individual & Team Events --

Senior Ashley Kelly is ranked 16th nationally in the all-around (39.050) while freshman Nicole

Harris is 18th (39.0). Kelly ranks 1st (9.875) on the balance beam while Harris is tied for 12th

(9.817). ASU is ranked 12th nationally as a team and 1st on the balance beam (48.908). The

Sun Devils are ranked 13th on floor exercise (48.65), 19th on the uneven parallel bars (48.292)

and 9th on vault (48.958).

ASU Versus Utah --

Arizona StateUniversity trails the all-time series with Utah, 17-54-1. The Utes lead in regularseason

meets (22-9-1) and in postseason competition (33-9). ASU is 7-6-1 at home versus Utah

in Wells Fargo Arena, 1-13 in SaltLake and 1-3 at neutral sites. The Sun Devils lost to the Utes

in SaltLake last year, 197.725-196.6.

2006 Results --

1/27/06: At Washington/Seattle Pacific--ASU (195.175) remained unbeaten in defeating Washington

(191.525) and Seattle Pacific (190.225). Junior April Boone won the all-around title

(39.2). Junior Cassandra Jusino had her best meet of the season, tying for first (9.9) on vault

and winning floor (9.9). Ashley Kelly and Nicole Harris tied for first on beam (9.875). Tia

Orlando (9.725) tied with Kelly for second on bars. Kelly placed second (39.075) in the allaround


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 placing

no 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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