No. 21 ASU Women's Gymnastics Team Hosts No. 9 Oklahoma and Unranked Cal in UNO's Classic.
Feb. 7, 2007
This Week --
The Arizona State women's gymnastics team hosts No. 9 Oklahoma and unranked California in the annual UNO's Classic on Friday February 9th at 7 p.m. MT in Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils, under 27th-year head coach John Spini, return 12 gymnasts to the squad. After finishing ninth at last year's Championships and taking first in the North Central Regional, Spini and the Sun Devils look to compete in the NCAA Championships again this season. Spini is currently ASU's longest-tenured head coach, and is second on the all-time Sun Devil head coaching list. Former Sun Devil women's tennis coaching legend Anne Pittman holds the distinction as the longest-tenured ASU head coach at 31 seasons. Spini's regular-season record is now 316-120-2. His won-loss record at home is 168-28-1.
Promotions for the week --
Uno's Chicago Grill will be handing out coupons for $2 admission into Friday's meet with purchase of a meal. The first 1,000 fans into Friday's meet will also get a free poster.
ASU In The Rankings --
The Arizona State women's gymnastics team was ranked 11th in the Preseason Coaches' Poll released by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches. The Sun Devils are ranked 21st in this week's poll. Additionally the Sun Devils are ranked 21st on beam with a season average of 48.308 and 23rd on bars, holding a season average of 48.425. In their most consistent event of the season, the Sun Devils are ranked 14th on vault. Individually, senior April Boone is the lone Sun Devil ranked. She is currently ranked 16th on beam.
ASU Faces Nation's Finest --
The Sun Devils look to face seven of the top-ranked programs in the country, four of which are in the Pacific-10 Conference, according to the preseason coaches poll. The Sun Devils began their season at No. 8 Stanford on Jan. 19, hosted No. 5 UCLA on Jan. 26, and last week competed at No. 12 Oregon State. This week the Sun Devils host No. 10 Oklahoma in the annual UNO's Classic. The Sun Devils also take on No. 16 Arizona (Feb. 23), No. 15 Arkansas (March 16), and No. 2 Utah (March 23).
ASU Versus Oklahoma --
ASU leads in the all-time series with Oklahoma 19-4-1. The Sun Devils lead in regular season 5-3 and in post season 14-1-1. This is the first regular season meeting since 1990 when the Sun Devils fell to the Sooners 186.850-186.550. The Sooners are currently ranked ninth nationally. Oklahoma is ranked 12th on floor and beam, 10th on bars, and seventh on vault.
ASU Versus Cal --
Arizona State University leads the all-time series with California, 45-3. The Sun Devils lead in regular-season meets (24-3) and in postseason competition (22-0). ASU is 10-1 at home versus the Golden Bears in Wells Fargo Arena, 8-2 in Berkeley and 8-0 at neutral sites. Cal is currently ranked 23rd on floor.
Returning All-American -
Sophomore Nicole Harris comes back to the Sun Devil squad as the lone returning All-American. Last season Harris capped her stellar season by gathering second team All-American status on beam after scoring a 9.875 at the NCAA Championships in Corvallis, Ore. Harris shined this past week against Oregon State when she won the all-around competition with a score of 39.400. Along with winning the all-around, Harris also vaulted her way to tie for first on the vault with a career-best 9.900. The sophomore also scored season-high scores on bars (9.850) and beam (9.875) to take first in both events.
Aye Aye Captain! --
Team captain for the 2007 season, April Boone is the lone Sun Devil ranked individually. On beam, her most consistent event of the season, she is ranked 16th.
Sun Devils Have Second-Highest Crowd Ever Against UCLA --
The Sun Devils hosted the second-largest regular season crowd for a dual meet at Wells Fargo Arena Friday, January 26. The attendance of 1,834 is second only to January 26, 2001, when the Sun Devils hosted UCLA and 2,108 fans.
2007 Results --
2/2: at Oregon State -- No. 17 Arizona State fell to No. 16 Oregon State 195.825-193.300. Nicole Harris had a stellar meet, placing first in the all-around with a 39.400. The returning All-American also took first on bars (9.850) and beam (9.875), posting season-best scores on both events. She also tied for first on vault with a career-best 9.900. Lauren Powell scored a season-best 9.875 on vault to place third. She also recorded a season-high on the floor with a 9.800. April Boone continued to show her consistency on beam with a 9.850. Boone also scored 9.775 on vault and bars. Cassndra Jusino scored another 9.775 on the beam.
1/26: vs. UCLA -- The Sun Devils posted a season-high 195.275 in their loss against No. 6 UCLA. April Boone placed first on floor with a season-high 9.9 and placed second in the all-around (39.350). She also tied for second on vault (9.825) and beam (9.825). Lauren Powell took first on vault (9.85). Ashlee Hinkle tied with Boone for second on beam with a 9.825. Nicole Harris also tied for second on floor with a season-high 9.85 and tied with teammates Boone and Cassandra Jusino for second on vault (9.825). Jusino took third in the all-around (39.200).
1/19: at Stanford -- ASU scored a 193.075 in its season opening loss against the Cardinal. Lauren Powell placed third (39.050) in her first all-around competition since the 2005 season. April Boone posted a 9.850 on both beam and floor placing third in both those events. Cassandra Jusino scored a 9.850 on vault to tie for second place.
2007 Arizona State Women's Gymnastics Team:
Paris Barnum (Freshman)
High School/Club: A 2006 graduate of Spring Creek Academy... Competed for the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy ... Qualified for nationals three years in a row ... Nationally was ranked 17th in 2004 and 13th in 2006. ... Was the 2006 regional champion on the beam, bars and all-around ... Was a member of the National Honor Society for three years.
April Boone (Senior, Captain):
2007: At Oregon State: Placed fourth on bars (9.775) and beam (9.825)... Scored 9.775 to place sixth on vault... Posted a 9.100 on floor and a 38.475 in the all-around.
Vs.UCLA: Placed first on floor (9.9)... Took second in all-around (39.350)... Tied for second on vault and beam, scoring 9.825 on both... also posted a 9.8 on bars.
At Stanford: Tied for third on beam (9.850) and floor (9.850) in season opener ... Scored a 9.750 on bars and 9.050 on vault ... Scored a 38.525 in all-around.
Kaitlynn Bormann (Freshman)
2007: Vs. UCLA: Scored a 9.725 on vault in collegiate debut.
Carrie Finley (Sophomore)
2007: Vs. UCLA: Scored a 9.650 on vault in an exhibition.
Josie Hancock (Junior)
2006: Missed entire season due to injury.
Nicole Harris (Sophomore)
2007: At Oregon State: Won the all-around competition with a 39.400... Placed first on bars and beam with season high scores of 9.850 and 9.875... Tied for first on vault with career-high 9.900... Also placed seventh on floor with a 9.775.
Vs. UCLA: Tied for second on vault (9.825) and floor (9.850)... Scored a 9.8 on bars... Compiled a 38.725 in the all-around.
At Stanford: Scored a 9.775 on floor to tie for sixth... Placed eighth on vault with a 9.725 ... Recorded a 9.300 on bars and 8.950 on beam ... Scored a 37.725 in all-around.
Ashlee Hinkle (Sophomore)
2007: At Oregon State: Scored a 9.750 on vault... Posted a 9.575 on floor and a 9.125 on beam
Vs. UCLA: Tied for second on beam with teammate Boone (9.825)... Scored a 9.8 on vault... Recorded a 8.6 on floor.
At Stanford: Scored a 9.600 on vault ... Recorded 9.750 on both floor and beam.
Tiana Jean (Sophomore)
2006: Competed on the bars nine times plus three exhibitions ... Scored a 9.725 on the bars at NCAA Championships ... Tied her career high at the North Central Regional on the bars (9.825), placing seventh ... Also scored a 9.850 at the UNO's Classic to tie for sixth ... Competed on the floor the first two meets, scoring a season best 9.500 at Boise State ... Also scored a 8.750 on an exhibition the beam against Arizona.
Cassandra Jusino (Senior)
2007: At Oregon State: Scored 9.650 on bars and 9.775 on beam... Posted 9.200 on vault and a 9.275 on floor... Scored a 37.900 in all-around
Vs. UCLA: Tied for second on vault (9.850)... Placed fourth on bars (9.850)... tied for fourth on beam 9.775 and scored a 9.750 on floor... Posted a 39.2 in the all-around to place third.
At Stanford: Tied for second on vault (9.850) ... Scored a 9.775 on floor and a 9.700 on bars.
Lisa Lanza (Senior)
2007: At Oregon State: Scored a 9.500 on bars... Posted a 9.250 on beam in exhibition
Vs. UCLA: Posted a season-high 9.575 on bars.
At Stanford: Scored a 8.400 on bars.
Tia Orlando (Sophomore)
2006: Did not compete against Stanford, UCLA, in the UNO's Classic, at California, Iowa State or in the North Central Regional due to a foot injury .... Before being injured competed in the all-around three times, the vault, bars, and beam four times and the floor three times ... Came back for the NCAA Championships to compete on the beam posting 9.675 ... Tied her career best on the bars (9.825) against Utah to tie for sixth ... Best meet was against Arizona ... Scored a 9.825, her career best, on the bars against Arizona to tie for fifth ... Won the vault against Arizona with a career best 9.900 ... Also scored her career best on the beam with a 9.750 ... Posted a 9.750 on the floor, her career best, at Washington.
Lauren Powell (Senior)
2007: At Oregon State: Scored a season-high 9.875 on vault to place third... Scored season-high on floor with a 9.800... Recorded a 9.750 on beam, 9.500 on bars and a 38.925 in the all-around
Vs. UCLA: Took first in vault with a 9.85... Scored 9.775 on bars and beam... Posted a 9.175 on floor and recorded a 38.575 in the all-around.
At Stanford: Placed third in first all-around since 2005 (39.050) ... Scored a 9.850 on bars (T-fifth), 9.800 on beam (fifth), 9.650 on floor and 9.750 on vault (seventh place).
Vanessa Rocca (Sophomore)
2007: At Oregon State: Scored a career-high 9.700 on vault... Recorded a 9.200 in first floor competition.
Vs. UCLA: Scored a 9.575 on beam in an exhibition.
At Stanford: Scored a 9.600 on vault ... Recorded 9.050 on beam.
Ashley Toner (Sophomore)
2007: At Oregon State: Tied career high on bars with a 9.550... Scored a 9.125 on beam.
Vs. UCLA: Scored a personal best 9.775 on beam to tie for fourth... Posted a season-high 9.7 on floor... Recorded a 9.050.
At Stanford: Scored a 9.550 on bars ... Recorded a 9.150 on beam and 8.425 on floor.
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