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No. 15 Gym Devils Get First Win Over Oregon State Since 2006

Jan 29, 2021

Final Results

TEMPE, Ariz. – For the first time since 2006, Sun Devil Gymnastics earned the victory over the Oregon State Beavers by outscoring them 196.225 to 195.850 in Desert Financial Arena on Friday night.

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (2-2) led from start to finish to beat Oregon State (1-2), the first win for ASU since 2006. The Sun Devils scored above a 49.000 on bars, beam and floor to get above a 196.000 for the second time this season.
  • The Gym Devils scored a 49.300 on bars, the highest event total for any event so far this season. They have not yet scored below a 49.000 on bars in 2021.
  • Sophomore Hannah Scharf won her third all-around title in a row with a 39.375. She scored a 9.800 or better in all four events, including a 9.875 on bars that matched her career best.
  • Freshman Sarah Clark won the bars title with a 9.900, a new career high for her and ASU's best score in that event this season. This is the first event title of her career and ASU's first bars title of the season.
  • Senior Cairo Leonard-Baker got back on the vault and floor lineups. She added solid scores for the team on vault (9.850), bars (9.875) and floor (9.800). Her 9.875 on bars is a new season high for her.
  • Vault specialist Anaya Smith earned a new career best with a 9.875. That is tied for the best vault score for the Sun Devils this season with Scharf, who got that mark at UCLA.
  • Competing in the all-around for the first time this season was sophomore Gracie Reeves. She earned a 38.750. 

Arizona State Head Coach Jay Santos
"I'm really excited about this win. Being able to come in here and do what those girls did today was great. We didn't shy away from the challenge and we led from start to finish. Pretty complete meet, a couple routines here or there that if we put together, we get to the high 196.000 and do what we want to do. This is a good stepping stone rolling into Utah. Hopefully we can build some confidence off of it and keep going from there."
On Sarah Clark
"She does it in practice, so it's not unusual for us to see her do. She's a talented gymnast and we expect her to come in and do those things. It's great to see her be able to step right in as a freshman and execute the way she has. I don't want to take that for granted. I think it's a great sign for the future to watch the freshmen. Sarah was great, Emily was great, Anaya's vault was fantastic. There were a lot of bright spots tonight and Sarah is definitely one of them."
On Cairo Leonard-Baker back on vault and floor
"Cairo is the rock of this program. She has been for three years. There is a ton of trust with her. She knows how to compete, how to perform. She's done it time and time again in big moments. It was just a matter of knowing she felt good and she was prepared so she could go out there and do what she is capable of."
Outlook on the season
"I'm pleased. This week is a nice step from last week. Floor did a much better job. I think they are going out there ready to compete. I think they're building confidence. I'm really pleased with what I'm seeing right now and there is room to get better. This team has a lot of growth potential going into the rest of the season."
Senior Cairo Leonard-Baker
On beating Oregon State
"It felt great to go out there and really be part of this win. I've been waiting for this win for three years, so it was great to finally beat them and to be such a big part of it. It was awesome to go out there and have the meet that we did. We weren't even thinking about them during the meet, we just went out there and did what we do best."

Freshman Sarah Clark
On getting a 9.900 on bars
"I was so excited. I had been building up to this and I wanted that 9.900. It was so exciting because I had a shaky warmup with my dismounts, but I had been doing it in workouts. So when I stuck my dismount, I knew I was going to get a big score. I was really excited."

Final Results

  1. Arizona State, 196.225
  2. Oregon State, 195.850

Rotation One: Vault, 48.800
Vault specialist Smith earned a career best in the first rotation with a 9.875 to lead the way for ASU. Leonard-Baker was right behind her with a 9.850, followed by a 9.800 from Scharf.
Rotation Two: Bars, 49.300
The bars squad brought it again this week, with each score that counted being above a 9.800. Clark led the way with her career-high 9.900, followed by 9.875s from Leonard-Baker and Scharf. White earned a 9.850, matching her best in the event, and Juliette Boyer scored a 9.800.
Rotation Three: Beam, 49.050
For the third week in a row, the Gym Devils brought it on beam and scored above a 49.000. Scharf led the way with a 9.850, followed by three 9.825s from Megan Thompson, White and Clark.

Rotation Four: Floor, 49.075
All five scores on floor that counted were above a 9.800, led by Scharf's 9.850. Right behind her was Mangahas with a 9.825. Back in the floor lineup, Leonard-Baker earned a 9.800, as did Clark and Boyer.
Up Next
Arizona State is home again next weekend to host No. 4 Utah on February 6. The meet will be live on the Pac-12 Network.