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Home Slate Starts With A Win For No. 16 Gym Devils

Jan 28, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – Behind a second-straight all-around win from junior Hannah Scharf, No. 16 Sun Devil Gymnastics earned their first victory of the year against Washington, 195.275 to 195.100, in Desert Financial Arena on Friday night.

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (1-2, 1-1 Pac-12) picked up its first win of the season over Washington (1-3, 0-2 Pac-12) with a score of 195.275, despite trailing after the second rotation to come back to seal first-place finish. This is the third year in a row that the Gym Devils have not lost to the Huskies.
  • As one of three ASU competitors in the all-around, junior Hannah Scharf was a bright spot for the Sun Devils, tying for first with a 39.375. Her highest score came from the floor where she scored a 9.875 to clinch the meet. She did not score below a 9.825 in any of her events.
  • Competing in the all-around as well were freshman Alex Theodorou and sophomore Emily White. White scored 9.875 in the beam and floor events to lead the Gym Devils in those events and Theodorou scored a 9.800 on the vault as her best event.
  • Matching her season-high on the bars from last week's meet, sophomore Sarah Clark scored a 9.875. 
  • Competing on the bars and on the vault, sophomore Cienna Samiley had her career-high on the bars where she scored a 9.850.
  • Senior Jasmine Gutierrez competed in her first meet of the season, where she scored a 9.800 on the beam. 

Co-Head Coach Jay Santos

Opening Statement
"We certainly did not start the way we wanted to, but I love the fight that the team showed. They never lost their energy, never lost their fight, even with the mistake on the beam and coming back and being able to finish the beam strong and finishing floor so we could hang on. That's positive, the fact they were able to finish the meet and get out with the score and the win. From there, we have to get rid of the mistakes, we have to clean up, we have to execute."

On confidence going into next meet against Oregon State
"We got the floor going with the home crowd and the 942 Crew, too, and had some fun and excitement there. They finished the meet well, so I hope they can take that as a positive and they didn't just fall apart and crumble and just throw it away. I hope they can take some of that positivity, but going into Oregon State with as strong as a team as they are up there, we need to be much more sharp than we were today."

On performing well across all rotations
"Individually you've done all four and individually you've hit all four. But we have yet to do it in one meet, so we've got to go start to finish and we've just got to be able to keep that mindset and focus ready and just be able to put the whole thing together."

Junior Hannah Scharf
On the team's mindset after today 

"I think we definitely did not put up our best routines we had wanted. I think we are really fired up about it and getting back into the gym and getting ready for next week. But it's always great to get a win. It was a bit of a confidence booster for us and we are excited to get the ball rolling and show what we have. Oregon (State) is not going to be easy and we know that, but I think we are looking forward to the challenge."

On how she's staying consistently in the gym 
"There were definitely nerves, but I just wanted to stick to what I was doing in training. I've been working on my mental game a lot the last couple weeks and that really showed today." 

Final Results

  1. Arizona State, 195.275
  2. Washington, 195.100

Rotation One: Vault, 48.850
Scharf and Mangahas led the way in the first rotation, scoring 9.825s respectively. Theodorou scored a 9.800 to keep ASU ahead .025 points after the first rotation. A program-record 11-meet streak of the Gym Devils reaching above a 49.000 on the vault ended.

Rotation Two: Bars, 48.425
Clark led the way for the team as she reached a 9.875, tying her season best. Scharf and Samiley were the other Gym Devils to earn above a 9.800 as they scored a 9.825 and a 9.850, respectively. The team had to count two falls, ending the 19-meet streak of scoring over a 49.000, also a program record.

Rotation Three: Beam, 49.025
White led the way for ASU in the third rotation, reaching 9.875 to match her season high. Scharf had a 9.850 and Gutierrez had a 9.800, leading to a season-best beam score for the Gym Devils and a .650-point edge going into the final rotation.

Rotation Four: Floor, 48.975
Scharf had her highest score of the evening with a 9.875 in the anchor spot to clinch the first victory of the season for ASU. White matched Scharf's score in her floor routine and had her career-high.

Up Next
The Sun Devils travel to Corvallis next Saturday, February 5, to take on No. 14 Oregon State. The meet is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. MST and can be viewed on the Pac-12 Network