Two Meets Set For No. 17 Gym Devils This Week
TEMPE, Ariz. – A busy week is ahead for No. 17 Sun Devil Gymnastics as they compete in two meets, first at home against Arizona on Wednesday in the first of two rivalry meets this season before traveling for a matchup at Washington on Sunday.
Sun Devil Outlook
No. 17 Arizona State (2-4)
- The Gym Devils have not competed since February 14 when they were in Berkeley to face Cal. ASU took second with a 196.650, the highest road score the program has seen since 2003. The Arizona meet was scheduled last week to replace the canceled home meet that was scheduled on February 20 against Stanford.
- Arizona State has many impressive streaks going, including three team scores in a row over 196.000. The Sun Devils have scored a 49.000-plus on bars for 10 meets in a row dating back to the 2020 season. Additionally, beam has reached that mark five weeks in a row.
- Freshman Sarah Clark has had a standout start to her Sun Devil career. At Cal, she scored a 9.950 on beam, the highest beam score for ASU since 2009. She has four scores of 9.900 or higher this season, two on bars and two on beam.
- Sophomore Hannah Scharf has been a consistent all-around presence for the Gym Devils, ranking No. 27 in the nation in the all-around. She has scored above a 9.800 on vault, bars and floor in each of the last five meets in a row.
- Two other freshmen have made significant contributions this season. Anaya Smith has made her way to the anchor spot on vault. At Cal, she scored a 9.925, ASU's best vault score so far this year. Emily White has also been a steady force, completing on vault, bars and beam in the past three meets. In those meets, she scored below a 9.800 just once.
- Senior leader Cairo Leonard-Baker has earned three 9.900s this season, two on floor and one on vault. She has also scored below a 9.825 on bars just once.
- Wednesday will be the first of two matchups against Arizona in Desert Financial Arena. The March 6 meet is the one that will count for the conference record and for the Territorial Cup point.
- The Wildcats are coming off of a setback at Washington, falling with a score of 193.975. After opening the season with two team scores of 195.000-plus, the last two meets have been below that mark.
- They are ranked No. 34 on Road to Nationals. Their best event being floor where they are ranked No. 24.
- The Sun Devils have bested the Wildcats for four years in a row, looking to make it five. In 2019 when there was no head-to-head matchup, ASU scored higher than Arizona at the Pac-12 Championships. Arizona State Head Coach Jay Santos has not lost to Arizona.
- The Gym Dawgs will be fresh off of their first win of the season, taking down the Wildcats and earning a season-high 194.125.
- They are ranked No. 46 on Road to Nationals. Their highest ranking is on vault, coming in at No. 33.
- Last season, ASU and UW competed in an exciting meet in Tempe that ended in a tie. The Sun Devils are looking for their first win against the Huskies since 2014 and first win in Seattle since 2010.
How to Watch
Wednesday's meet against Arizona will begin at 2 p.m. MST and will be broadcast on the ASU Live Stream. The matchup in Seattle will start at 3 p.m. MST and will be available to watch on the UW Live Stream.