February 26, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State women's gymnastics team, ranked No. 8 in the country, used season-high scores in the vault (48.6) and uneven bars (49.175) to win the UNO's Classic and its 16th consecutive home meet with a score of 195.875. Finishing behind the Sun Devils were the University of Denver (193.475), University of California (189.550) and Illinois State University (187.825).
The Sun Devils' wire-to-wire victory was punctuated by individual first-place sweeps of the vault, bars, beam, floor exercise and all-around.
In the vault competition, the Devils had three of the top-five finishers led by junior all-America Amy Shelton, who in only her second meet this season, won the event with a season-best 9.825. Tying for fifth in the event for the Devils were junior all-America Elizabeth Reid and freshman Britnee Bowden, who each registered a 9,725. For Bowden, the score was a personal best.
Tying for first place in the uneven bars competition for the Devils were senior co-captain Wendy Ellsberry and sophomore Becky Acker, who each recorded career-highs of 9.9 in the event. Also setting career highs for the Devils were freshman Rhonda Robinette (sixth, 9.825) and sophomore Kim Skinner (t8th, 9.775).
Taking first on balance beam for the Devils was Reid, who recorded a career-high 9.95. Reid was the first in a large collection of beam gems for ASU as the Sun Devils swept the top four spots - Ellsberry (second, 9,85), junior Michelle Hess (third, 9.825) and freshman Lea Carver (fourth, 9.8) - in the event.
The Devils closed out the evening by tying a season-best in the floor exercise (49.375), which ASU scored in its last home meet against UCLA (Feb. 12). Though only five scores contributed toward the overall team score, ASU swept the top six spots in the event. Leading the was was junior all-America Elizabeth McNabb, who won the event for the fifth time in seven meets this season with a 9.95. For McNabb, it was the 13th time in her last 16 competitions that she has scored a 9.9 or better. Placing second was Reid, who tied a season best of 9.925. Right behind Reid was Ellsberry, who scored a 9.85. Ellsberry also took first place in the all-around with a career-best 39.225. Rounding out the top six on floor for the Devils were Acker and sophomore Kristin Fanning, who tied for fourth (9.825) and Shelton, who finished sixth with a 9.7.
The Devils' victory was their 12th in their last 15 meets going back to last season.
Cal returns to action this Sunday, when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the Masters Classic, which will feature Nebraska, Maryland and Arizona State.