ASU: One of the key returning performers ... will be counted upon to serve as a team leader ... Muth will help the Sun Devils in three different events, including bars, beam and floor ... turned in a dynamite year in 2004, scoring the first two perfect 10.0's of her career (beam and floor) ... coaching staff says she may have been the most improved gymnast in 2003 as she was in 2002 ... came on strong during the last half of the 2002 campaign and has never looked back ... tremendous student with a 3.95 grade-point average in finance ... compiled a perfect 4.0 gpa during the last academic year (2002-03) ... a Maroon and Gold Scholar-Athlete.
2004: Made the First-Team Pacific-10 Conference All-Adacemic squad with a 3.96 in finance ... recorded her first career 10.0 on beam (1st-place) versus Minnesota ... her 9.9 on bars versus Minnesota tied for fourth-place ... scored first 10.0 of career on floor (tied for 1st-place) versus Eastern Michigan and tied for 1st on bars (9.925) ... tied for 1st-place on bars (9.925) versus Arizona ... tied for fifth on beam (9.8) in UNO's Classic at ASU ... placed sixth on bars (9.825) against Washington ... won bars (9.95, career-high) and was fifth on floor (9.9) and second on beam (9.85) versus Oregon State ... tied for 10th on bars (9.725), tied for 10th on beam (9.8, season-high) and tied for fifth on floor (9.825, season-high) at UCLA ... tied for seventh (9.775) on beam versus Stanford.
2003: Earned first-team all-Pacific-10 Conference academic honors with a 3.95 in finance ... tied for 12th on bars (9.8) at Northeast Regional in Ann Arbor, Michigan ... placed second on bars (9.9) versus Kentucky (3/21) ... tied for first on bars (9.925, also a career-high), second on floor (9.95, career-high) and beam (9.925) versus San Jose State (3/14) ... placed fourth on bars (9.875) in UNO's Classic (2/28) ... tied for fourth on floor (9.9) at Stanford (2/21) ... set career-high on beam (9.975) and was fourth against UCLA (2/16) ... tied for third on beam (9.8) at Oregon State (2/7) ... scored 9.85 on bars and beam at Arizona (1/31) ... placed first on bars (9.9, tied a career-high) and tied for second on beam (9.9, tied a career-high) versus Washington (1/17).
2002: Competed on bars, beam and floor in all but one meet in 2002 ... did not compete on beam in the Master's Classic (2/23) ... in two of the last three meets she recorded her season bests of 9.9 on bars, 9.875 on beam and 9.925 on floor ... averaged 9.713 on floor through 11 meets ... averaged 9.679 on uneven bars through 11 meets ... averaged 9.612 on beam in 10 meets ... recorded a season and career-high 9.925 on floor against Arizona (3/1) ... in that same meet, posted a season and career-best 9.900 on bars ... tallied a season and career-best 9.875 on beam a week later versus Utah State (3/8) ... scored a 9.8-or-better six times on floor ... scored a 9.8-or-better five times on bars as well.
High School: A 2001 graduate of Mesa High (Mesa, Ariz.) ... competed for Desert Lights club ... named 2001 gymnast of the year in Arizona ... two-time Senior Nationals qualifier ... placed first on beam at 2001 regional ... six-time state champion on beam.
Personal: Major is undecided ... born December 31, 1982, in Mesa, Ariz., parents are Ron and Nita Muth ... brother Robbie (25) ... lists snowboarding and shopping among her hobbies ... full name is Kari Cecille Muth.
Says John Spini: "She's an outstanding athlete in three events: bars, beam and floor. Her quality of dance and aesthetic beauty is one of the best in the country. She will definitely be a force in all three of those events for us, is very consistent and very team-oriented. She always strives to do well for the team."
Year V UB BB FX AA 2002 - 9.900 9.875 9.925 - 2003 - 9.925 9.975 9.950 - 2004 - 9.950 10.000 10.000 - Career - 9.950 10.000 10.000 -