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No. 8 Women Gymnasts Come Up Short At Masters Classic
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Release: 06/21/1999
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February 28, 1999

LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 8 Arizona State women's gymnastics team, competing for the second time in three days, dropped its third consecutive meet on the road, finishing in second place at the Masters Classic in Lincoln, Neb. The Sun Devils (195.250) finished behind host school and No. 7 Nebraska (195.725), and finished ahead of Maryland (third, 195.2) and California (fourth, 188.850), who ASU defeated in the UNO's Classic in Tempe on Friday night.

For the evening, the Devils took first place in the balance beam competition, second place in the bars and floor and third place in the vault.

ASU (9-3, 4-2 Pac-10) received several key performances on the night, which enabled it to gain best its best score of the road thus far this season.

In the bars competition, the Devils had two competitors finish in the top five en-route to a 49.075, which is their second-best bars score of the season. Senior co-captain Wendy Ellsberry led the way for ASU, tying for third place with a score of 9.875. Two spots behind Ellsberry was fellow teammate and freshman Rhonda Robinette of Mesa, Ariz., who finished tied for fifth (9.85). Also recording top-10 finishes in the bars were sophomore Kim Skinner, who for the second time in three days set a new career best in the event (eighth, 9.825) and sophomore Becky Acker (ninth, 9.8).

The Devils had their best event of the evening on the balance beam, where they had four of the top-10 finishers. Pacing ASU in the event was freshman Lea Carver, who recorded a second-place finish of 9.9. Rounding out ASU's top-10 finishers in the event were junior Michelle Hess (fifth, 9.825), Ellsberry (seventh 9.775) and junior all-America Elizabeth McNabb (eighth, 9.75).

In the floor exercise, ASU had three of the top 10 finishers, including McNabb, who tied for second (9.875), junior all-America Elizabeth Reid, who tied for fifth (9.85) and sophomore Kristin Fanning, who tied for seventh and tied her career best in the event with a 9.825. ASU concludes the home portion of its regular-season schedule when it hosts the University of Pittsburgh next Sunday (Mar. 7) at 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

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