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Theodorou Shines At Maroon And Gold Intrasquad

Dec 17, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. - Led by a strong showing from freshman Alex Theodorou, Maroon edged out Gold 155.200 to 155.175 in No. 12 Sun Devil Gymnastics' annual Maroon and Gold intrasquad meet on Friday night. 

Notable Stats

  • Freshman Alex Theodorou had a stand-out night for the Gym Devils, scoring a 9.850 or better on vault (9.875), beam (9.900) and floor (9.850). She had the highest score on each of those three event and the highest score of the night with her 9.900 on beam.
  • Matching Theodorou's score on vault was sophomore Jada Mangahas, who also earned a 9.875. 
  • On bars, 9.825 was the top score, with junior Hannah Scharf and sophomore Sarah Clark both earning that total.
  • Sophomore Emily White had a solid night, scoring a 9.800 on bars and a 9.825 on beam.
  • Along with Theodorou, freshman Mallory Marcheli got her first taste of action in Desert Financial Arena, competing on beam and floor.
  • Arizona State was able to compete in front of fans in Desert Financial Arean for the first time since the 2020 season. 

Co-Head Coach Jay Santos
On how he thought tonight went:

"The preseason scrimmage is always great because it shows some areas where we need work. We got some things we need to clean up but that's why you do these things. There were several great routines; I think Alex did a fantastic job, Jada had a strong meet and Hannah's bar routine was strong."

On what they need to work on:
"There's plenty of positive things to pick from, but there are some pieces we need to clean up. What they've been doing in practice in the gym is stronger than what we showed. So, we have to make sure we get back in the gym and fix those. Hopefully the nerves are gone from their first time out so they can go out (on January 5) and show what they've been doing."

Freshman Alex Theodorou
On being from Arizona and getting to compete at home in DFA:

"It was really cool and really fun because I have grown up going to meets here, and to be on the floor where I have grown up seeing was really awesome. It was also really great to be able to do it with my teammates. It was just so much fun."

On her performance today and the upcoming season:
"I was really happy with how we did, and on behalf of the team I think we're really excited for the season and how it's going to go. I am just really excited to experience everything with my team, and figure out everything and do some great things."

Team Results

  1. Maroon, 155.200
  2. Gold, 155.175

Rotation One: Maroon on vault, 38.400; Gold on bars, 39.000
Freshman Theodorou made some noise in her first appearance in front of fans, scoring a 9.875 on vault to lead the Gold squad. On bars, Scharf had the highest score with a 9.825 to help her group to first place after the first rotation.

Rotation Two: Gold on vault, 39.075; Maroon on bars, 39.025
Mangahas matched the top vault score with a 9.875 to keep Gold in first place after the second rotation. Scharf aided with a solid 9.825. On bars, Clark led the way with a 9.825 and White was not far behind with a 9.800.

Rotation Three: Maroon on beam,39.025; Gold on floor, 38.175
The third rotation saw two scores of 9.825 on beam for Maroon, one from Theodorou and one from White. Gold slipped up on floor, the highest score being a 9.675.

Rotation Four: Gold on beam, 38.925; Maroon on floor, 38.675
Theodorou capped off her impressive night with a 9.850 on floor, the highest by any Gym Devil tonight. That score helped Maroon edge Gold in the final score. Two from Gold scored a 9.750, first Megan Thompson and then Izzy Redmond.

Up Next
The Gym Devils will open the season at home against No. 13 Kentucky on January 5 at 7 p.m. MST. For those not in attendance, it will be on the ASU Live Stream