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No. 11 Gym Devils Advance to Regional Finals

Apr 2, 2021

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - No. 11 Sun Devil Gymnastics took second with a 196.600 in the first session of the second round to advance to the Salt Lake City NCAA Regional Final on Saturday.

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State was in second place after the first rotation but fell to third after the second rotation. The team was able to put together solid event totals on floor (49.275) and vault (49.250) to move back up to second place and advance to Saturday, giving ASU its first regional finals appearance. 
  • The Sun Devils will move to Saturday with the No. 6-seed Utah Utes, who took first. The two remaining teams will be determined in the second session of the second round later today. On Saturday, ASU will start on beam.
  • This is the ninth meet in a row that the Sun Devils have scored over a 196.000 to advance to their first regional final. Aside from beam, ASU did not score below a 9.800 on the three other events.
  • The Gym Devils had two gymnasts take first in three events in this session, with Cairo Leonard-Baker earning the highest score on bars (9.950) and Hannah Scharf getting the top scores on vault (9.900) and floor (9.925). 
  • Sophomore Scharf's 9.925 was the top floor score in the afternoon session, her seventh 9.900-plus on floor this season. She also was the top score on vault with a 9.900, matching her personal best. She was second in the all-around with a 39.425.
  • Senior Leonard-Baker scored a season-high 9.950 on bars, her highest score on any event this season and the highest bars score from ASU this season. This is the third 9.950 the Gym Devils have scored this season, the other two coming from Scharf on floor and Sarah Clark on beam.
  • There were many other notable scores at the meet on Friday. Freshman Emily White earned a career-best 9.850 on vault. Fellow freshman Cassi Barbanente notched a 9.800 on bars, a new personal best for her. On floor, junior Jasmine Gutierrez matched her career high with a 9.850.

Arizona State Head Coach Jay Santos
"I'm very proud of the effort the team gave today as we hit another big recent program milestone by advancing to the NCAA Regional Final. The bars squad was absolutely fabulous tonight ,which got us rolling, and the girls really showed some tenacity at the end. We know we did not hit a complete meet, so that will be the focus heading into tomorrow's competition. I think this was a great lesson learned that even though we had some shaky routines, we did not let that affect our final two events and we still advanced. Tomorrow's competition will be super exciting and we are looking forward to a great showing."

Final Results

  1. Utah, 197.500
  2. Arizona State, 196.600
  3. Southern Utah, 195.975
  4. Boise State, 195.825

Rotation One: Bars, 49.325

The Gym Devils started the meet with a bang, scoring above a 49.000 for the 16th meet in a row. Leonard-Baker led the team with a season-high 9.950, which was the top bars score in this session. Juliette Boyer, Sarah Clark, and White all scored a 9.850. Scharf also contributed a 9.825. 

Rotation Two: Beam, 48.700
On beam, the Sun Devils struggled, no Gym Devil reaching a 9.800. Megan Thompson led the team with a 9.775. With a fall in the lineup, the team was unable to reach 49.000.

Rotation Three: Floor, 49.275
The Gym Devils bounced back on floor. Scharf led the team with an impressive 9.925, which was the highest score in this session. Leonard-Baker scored a 9.875 and Jasmine Gutierrez scored a 9.850. The 49.275 put the Gym Devils back in the hunt to advance to Saturday.

Rotation Four: Vault, 49.250
On vault, the Sun Devils clinched the second-place finish. It was the eighth-straight meet ASU has scored above a 49.000. Scharf matched her career high, scoring a 9.900 to lead the team. Anaya Smith and Emily White both scored a 9.850, a career high for White. Leonard-Baker and Mangahas both contributed a 9.825. 

Up Next
Arizona State will compete in the regional final on Saturday at 6 p.m. MST, 7 p.m. MDT. It will be live on ESPN3.