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Our State: No. 20 Gym Devils Improve Winning Streak To Seven In A Row Against Cats

Feb 12, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. – Behind a season-high score, No. 20 Sun Devil Gymnastics made it six years in a row winning the Territorial Cup matchup against Arizona on Saturday with the beam lineup clinching the 196.600 to 196.400 win in the McKale Center. 

Notable Stats

  • Arizona State (2-3, 2-2 Pac-12) has not lost to Arizona (0-7, 0-4 Pac-12) while Jay and Jess Santos have been at the helm of this program. It has been six Territorial Cup points, six dual meets in a row and six seasons without a loss to the Wildcats.
  • The team earned season high event totals on vault (49.275) and beam (49.175) en route to the 196.600, which edged out last week's season high of 196.550.
  • The Sun Devils won four event titles against the Cats. Junior Hannah Scharf won two event titles: vault (9.900) and bars (9.900). Freshman Alex Theodorou tied for the vault title (9.900) while senior Jasmine Gutierrez took the beam title (9.900).
  • Four Gym Devils tied their career highs in the win. Scharf matched her bests on vault (9.900) and bars (9.900), Alex equaled hers on vault (9.900), Gutierrez tied hers on beam (9.900), Sarah Clark did it on floor (9.875) and Emily White saw her career high on vault (9.850).
  • White had another solid performance this week, earning a 9.850 on all three of her events: vault, bars and beam. 
  • Senior Megan Thompson scored a 9.850 on beam in the lead-off spot to set the tone in the key rotation. That score is her new season high.

Co-Head Coaches Jay and Jess Santos

"Tonight's performance was electrifying and we were able to get that critical Territorial Cup point. It was also a good stepping stone and another very solid away score in the books. I think my favorite part was the team was not intimidated competing at the school down south. We showed up super strong on bars and then going to vault, we hands down had one of the best rotations of the year. They closed in on us a little after floor and put the pressure on beam, which is an event we've been struggling to get going this season. I was so impressed with how they attacked that event.

"Seniors Megan and Jasmine were absolutely outstanding, which is exactly what we expect of them in this rivalry situation. I could not be more proud of those two and the whole squad. We are very excited to be back home next weekend after spending the last three of the four weeks on the road."

Senior Jasmine Gutierrez
On winning the Territorial Cup matchup
"It felt amazing. It felt like everything we were capable of doing. Beam lineup was amazing. We came off of a floor rotation that we knew we could do better, and then we went to beam and we absolutely killed it. That's what we do in the beam lineup everyday in the gym and it was fun. They are a great team, but we are capable of even more than we showed tonight. Beating them and never losing to them in my entire career is such an exclamation mark on my whole career here." 

On scoring a 9.900 on Beam
"It felt awesome. I came off of a pretty average score on floor and then came to beam and just said, 'Beam is how we are going to put our exclamation mark on the meet.' It was fun, it reminded me of last year when I also got a 9.900. It was amazing."

Final Results 

  1. Arizona State, 196.600
  2. Arizona, 196.400

Rotation One: Bars, 49.200
The meet got off to a strong start in the first rotation. Scharf tied her career-high on bars with a 9.900 in the anchor spot. White stuck her bars landing and Clark hit a strong routine as they each recorded a 9.850. Reeves made her season debut in the event as her and Mahangas smoothly recorded 9.800s to give the Sun Devils the early lead. 

Rotation Two: Vault, 49.275
ASU scored a new season high on vault with 49.275. Theodorou and Scharf led the way, each earning a 9.900, which matched both of their career highs in the event. White and Mahangas followed up, each recording a 9.850.

Rotation Three: Floor, 48.950
The team had a setback on floor, having to count three scores below 9.800. Clark tied her career high with a 9.875 on floor, while Theodorou continued her consistent performance with a 9.825. Those scores helped keep the team over the Wildcats heading into the final rotation.

Rotation Four: Beam, 49.175
The Sun Devils clinched the Territorial Cup point as Gutierrez led the way and tied her career high with a 9.900. White and Thompson followed suit, recording a 9.850, respectively. Reeves rounded it out with a 9.800 securing a new team season high score on beam of a 49.175. 

Up Next: 
The Gym Devils will return to Tempe on Sunday, February 20, to face off against the UCLA Bruins at 3 p.m. MST on the Pac-12 Network.