Three Gym Devils Earn All-Pac-12 Honors
SAN FRANCISCO – Sun Devil Gymnastics collected five All-Pac-12 awards with Hannah Scharf getting three and Anaya Smith and Cairo Leonard-Baker earning one each, giving the Gym Devils their highest number of all-conference honors since 1994.
The Pac-12 determines all-conference awards based on the National Qualifying Score (NQS) for individuals. The top six earn first team nods and the next two in seventh and eighth get the honorable mention.
The recognition continues to pour in for All-American Scharf, the sophomore from Canada. Scharf is on the All-Pac-12 All-Around First Team and is an honorable mention for floor and vault. These are the first all-conference honors for Scharf. Her 39.506 NQS on the all-around is third in the Pac-12 and she is seventh on floor in the conference with a 9.925 NQS and eighth on vault with an NQS of 9.881. The last time a Gym Devil earned an all-conference award for floor was in 2003 when Maggie Germaine was recognized in that event. She joins Leonard-Baker as the second Sun Devil coached by Jay Santos to earn all-conference honors on multiple events.
Leonard-Baker earned an honorable mention on the uneven bars with a 9.900 NQS. The senior has earned All-Pac-12 honors in all four seasons as a Gym Devil, the first to do so in the program since Ashley Kelly from 2003-06. Leonard-Baker has received conference recognition for bars each of her four seasons, as well as all-around nods in 2018 and 2019.
Smith is on the All-Pac-12 Vault First Team, her first conference recognition of her career. Making the most of the only event she competed this season, she is fourth in the Pac-12 on vault with a 9.913 NQS. This is the first all-conference nod for vault since 2016 when Taylor Allex was honored.
Next up for the Gym Devils is the Salt Lake City NCAA Regional. ASU earned a No. 11 seed and will compete in the first session of the second round on April 2.