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Gym Devils Take Fourth At Pac-12s

Mar 20, 2021

Sun Devil Gymnastics Year-by-Year Record/Postseason Finishes | Final Results

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - For the first time since 2006, No. 11 Sun Devil Gymnastics claimed fourth place at the Pac-12 Championships with a score of 196.375 on Saturday night at the Maverik Center.

Notable Stats

  • The Gym Devils finished in the top four at the Pac-12 Championships for the first time since 2006. They have also scored above a 196.000 at the last three conference championships.
  • ASU was the only team at the Pac-12 Championships to hit every routine, going 24 for 24. This is the fourth meet this season achieving this feat.
  • The Sun Devils continued their impressive streak of scoring over a 196.000, making it eight-straight meets now. 
  • Freshman Anaya Smith continued her strong performance on vault, scoring a 9.925 to match her personal best. That score was good for second place in the meet. She led ASU to a 49.200, its highest event total of the night.
  • Another freshman matched her career high tonight with Jada Mangahas scoring a 9.900 on floor. That was a team-high in that event.
  • Sophomore Hannah Scharf competed in the all-around, scoring a 39.350. She scored above a 9.800 on vault (9.875), beam (9.850) and floor (9.850). She has earned above a 9.800 on vault and floor in all but the first meet of the season. 
  • In her final Pac-12 Championships, senior Cairo Leonard-Baker scored a 9.875 on bars and 9.850 on vault. Her bars total was tied for the highest on the team with sophomore Juliette Boyer.
  • On beam, freshman Emily White led the charge with a 9.875. She has surpassed a 9.800 in this event for the last nine meets.

Quotes
Arizona State Head Coach Jay Santos
"There are a lot of things to be proud of tonight, bringing such a young team into this competitive environment. They did a great job of staying on the events and not letting anything get away from them. We did miss some of the detail work that we've been trying to emphasize over the last month or so. I think that it is common to tighten up a little bit when facing such great competition, but I also think we had the potential to work through that a little bit better. I'm confident we will take the lessons we learned tonight and the experience we gained and get back to work in the gym and it will help make us better as we enter regionals in two weeks."

On strong individual performances
"We had several bright spots tonight. Anaya has been a rock as our vault anchor for the majority of the season and boy did she put on a spectacular performance tonight. To finish second among this Pac-12 field is such an amazing accomplishment. Hannah had an excellent night as she has had all season, hitting well in the all around. And the night capped off with Cairo's amazing bar routine, which might have been her best performance of the year. These are the things that we will highlight and try to build upon moving forward."

Final Results

  1. Utah, 197.725
  2. California, 197.375
  3. UCLA, 196.725
  4. Arizona State, 196.375

Rotation One: Beam, 49.075
The Gym Devils scored a 49.000 or better for the ninth time this season. White led the team, scoring a 9.875, this was her ninth meet in a row scoring over 9.825. Scharf and junior Megan Thompson both scored 9.850. 

Rotation Two: Floor, 48.975
On floor, the Sun Devils stumbled a bit. Mangahas shone for the Sun Devils on floor scoring a 9.900, which matched her career high on floor. Scharf also added a 9.850, her second of the day. However, they had to count three scores below 9.725.

Rotation Three: Vault, 49.200
The Sun Devils had their highest event score of the night and continued their streak of scoring a 49.000-plus, the seventh-straight meet reaching that mark. Vault specialist Smith scored a 9.925, matching her career high. She has not scored below a 9.875 in the last seven meets. Leonard-Baker also contributed a 9.850 and Scharf scored a 9.875. 

Rotation Four: Bars, 49.125
The Gym Devils stayed strong on bars, scoring above a 49.900 for the 15th meet in a row. Leonard-Baker wrapped up her final Pac-12 Championships with a 9.875 in the anchor spot. Boyer also contributed a 9.875. Freshman Sarah Clark scored a 9.825. 

Up Next
Arizona State will find out where it will compete for NCAA Regionals on the selection show this Monday afternoon. Fans can tune in on the NCAA website.