UTAH:Owns 15 All-America awards (the most possible) in her first three years - including 13 first-team citations ... 2007 NCAA balance beam champion ... fierce competitor has never been beaten head-to-head in NCAA all-around competition - winning her session all three years, only to finish second twice (2006 and 2007), and third in 2005 ... Utah's Most Valuable Performer all three years has led the Utes in victories since her freshman year ... 73 career victories includes 19 all-around wins ... has hit 161-174 career routines.
2007-Spectacular postseason culminated in an NCAA balance beam championship, a silver medal in the all-around and five All-America awards (four first team) ... also placed third on floor and seventh on bars at nationals ... second-team vault All-American ... did not lose a head-to-head all-around competition at nationals, winning the evening session on Thursday (39.60) and scoring a 39.65 in the Super Six ... recorded six wins over the three-day course of the NCAA Championships - placing first on bars, beam and in the all-around on day one; floor and all-around in the Super Six; and beam during event finals ... three-time NCAA West Regional champion won the all-around, bars and beam, while placing second on the floor ... three best all-around scores of the year came in the postseason: 39.675 at regionals, 39.60 and 39.65 at nationals ... led Utah in victories with 30 (seven all-around) ... hit 54-59 routines ... voted Utah's MVP.
2006-NCAA runner-up in the all-around won the opening session of the NCAA Championships with a 39.525 ... five-time first-team All-American qualified for event finals on all four apparatus ... finished fifth on bars, seventh on beam and eighth on vault (scratched from floor) in NCAA event finals ... lost six weeks of training prior to the season with a torn elbow ligament ... season-best 39.65 in the all-around vs. Georgia on Mar. 6 and at Florida on Mar. 17 ... led Utah with 20 victories (five all-around) ... hit 51-57 routines ... voted Utah's co-MVP ... made the Athletic Director's honor roll.
2005-Five-time All-American placed third in nation in the all-around after winning the afternoon session with a 39.575 ... also placed third on bars ... first-team All-American in the all-around, bars, beam and vault and a second-teamer on the floor ... withdrew from individual finals on the beam and vault due to a foot injury suffered during the NCAA Super Six warm-ups (did compete on bars and tied for third) ... despite the injury, she went all-around and scored a 39.325 in the Super Six ... NCAA North Central Region Gymnast of the Year ... won the NCAA regional bar championship with a 9.925 ... career all-around best of 39.775 on Mar. 11 ties the fifth-best mark in school history ... won the all-around in her very first college meet vs. UCLA and her 39.625 score set a Ute freshman record for best all-around debut ... two 10.0 scores on the balance beam in back-to-back weeks was a Utah first ... team-best 23 victories included seven all-around wins ... completed her first 43 collegiate routines without a fall before a miscue on floor in the final regular season meet ... hit 56-58 routines ... voted Utah's co-MVP.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: 2002 World Balance Beam Champion ...U.S. Senior National Team member from 1998-2004 competed at both the 2002 and 2003 World Championships ... 2003 U.S. champion on floor exercise also placed second on beam and fourth in the all-around and on bars at the 2003 USA Championships ... trained for coaches Tatiana Perskaia, Victor Vetrov and Marina Gerasimova at Capital Gymnastics NTC ... home schooled (received degree from Alpha Omega High School).
PERSONAL: Daughter of Linda Postell and Gary Postell (pronounced Pah-stell) ... brothers Eric and Kyle and sister Territa ... health education and promotion major ... full name is Ashley Blair Postell ... born June 9, 1986.
Postell's Career Highs
All-Around 39.775 vs. Washington, Mar. 11, 2005 Vault 9.95 vs. Brigham Young, Mar. 26, 2005 9.95 vs. Georgia, Mar. 6, 2006 Bars 9.95 vs. Washington, Mar. 11, 2005 9.95 at NCAA Regionals, Mar. 14, 2007 Beam 10.0 vs. Washington, Mar. 11, 2005 10.0 vs. Arizona State, Mar. 18, 2005 Floor 9.95 vs. UCLA, Jan. 7, 2005 9.95 at NCAA Championships, Apr. 27, 2007
Outside The Gym
Miles from home: 1,832
Nicknames: Ash, Potty
Family note: My brother played football at Duquesne University and has pro aspirations
Gymnast I pretended to be as a child: Dominique Dawes
Favorite skill to perform: Omilianchik (back handspring, 3/4, to handstand on beam)
Hardest skill I've ever performed: Triple full punch front
Something you don't know about me: I'm half white and black
Favorite non U of U sports team: Real Salt Lake
My goal is to: Go to the Olympics
I've been described as: Funny, outgoing, jokester