Gymnastics Struggles at Pac-10 Championships

March 27, 2010

The Arizona State women's gymnastics team scored a season-low 190.675 to place seventh at the Pacific-10 Championships. Mary Atkinson placed ninth in the all-around with a 38.475.

The Sun Devils struggled in what is ordinarily their top event, floor. The team posted a 47.825 on the event, one of their lowest of the season. Atkinson put forth another stellar routine, snagging a 9.825 from the judges. Johnson would have had the same score as Atkinson, but a tiny step out during her dance cost her a tenth of a point. Madison Snowden continued to be solid on floor, earning a 9.8. Junior Francesca Mercurio scored a 9.55 after stepping out on her second pass. The Sun Devils were also forced to count Stephanie Hangartner's 8.825, which she was given after falling on her second and third pass.

The struggles continued over to vault. Callie Price was the only hit for the Sun Devils as she tallied scores of 9.8 from each judge. The next highest scores came from Hangartner and freshman Amelia Rew, who each earned 9.575. Carly McMahon was given a 9.45 after a low landing and step. The Sun Devils were also forced to count a rare miss from Atkinson. Atkinson fell on vault for the first time since her freshman season, scoring a 9.1. The Sun Devils were given a season-low 47.5 on vault.

The Sun Devils posted 47.85 on bars. Atkinson was the Sun Devils leader as she nailed her landing for a 9.8. Sophomore Kahoku Palafox was the team's next highest scorer with a 9.75. Mercurio led the team off with a 9.7. Senior Kaitlynn Bormann's foot hit the bar after her Tkachev causing her score to be a 9.6. The Sun Devils were also forced to count Hangartner's 9.0 after she fell on her dismount.

The Sun Devils started out well on beam before some troubles in the middle of the lineup. Bormann started the team off with a 9.675 due to a wobble on her onodi. Snowden was next up after earning a season-best 9.75. In her first appearance since late January, Christina Salavec had a rock solid routine going until her dismount. The fall caused her to be scored a 9.225. Mercurio could not stay on after her front punch, earning 9.2. Atkinson capped the evening with a 9.75.

The Sun Devils await Regional selections.

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