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No. 15 Gym Devils Upset Cal's Perfect Season

Feb 27, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – Behind a career-high in the all-around from Hannah Scharf, No. 15 Sun Devil Gymnastics got the win over the previously undefeated California Golden Bears 197.075 to 196.850 at Desert Financial Arena on Sunday night. 

Notable Stats

  • In a close meet from start to finish, Arizona State (4-3, 4-2 Pac-12) stopped Cal (6-1, 5-1 Pac-12) from winning sole possession of the Pac-12 regular season title. The Sun Devils led after the first two rotations, but the Bears gained a slight lead heading into the final events. A strong performance on floor, including two 9.900s, pushed ASU to the victory.
  • Junior Hannah Scharf won the all-around with a 39.575 for her third all-around title of the season. She also had a career-high 9.950 on beam, the highest beam score by any Gym Devil this season, to give her that event title as well. Additionally, she matched her personal best on vault with a 9.900. Rounding out her night, she had a 9.825 on bars. She has not scored below a 9.800 in the last two meets.
  • Alex Theodorou recorded her third win of the season on vault with a 9.925, matching her career high. The freshman had a strong outing in the win, also adding a 9.850 on bars and a 9.825 on floor.
  • Sophomores Jada Mangahas and Emily White put together strong performances for the Gym Devils, both scoring a 9.825 or better in every event they competed in. Mangahas' highlight was a 9.900 on floor and tying her career high on vault with a 9.875. For White, she competed in the all-around for the second week in a row, scoring a 39.425. She matched her personal best on beam with a 9.900.
  • ASU scored a 49.350 on vault to start off the meet, a new season high in that event for the team. All of the scores that counted were a 9.825 or better. The team scored above a 49.000 on all four events for the second week in a row.
  • With the win, the Sun Devils are undefeated at DFA so far this season with a 3-0 record. 

Co-Head Coach Jay Santos

On the win today
"Thrilled with the result, especially the way we finished on floor. Cal is a really good team, so we're really excited about the performance today. We had a banner week last week and they showed up and came close to the same type of performance again today. The preparation was great this week. The energy was great. Just really excited to put another one together and hopefully we can keep getting on a roll."

Maintaining their momentum the rest of the season
"As you are performing well, they continue to feel better about themselves and settle in. We are starting to get to that point in the season where we see some of that, where we have put in a lot of work and what we did in the first half of season matters. All of those little checks and mistakes, as we keep working through them, we can see that this success was the plan all along. They are really starting to feel it and be confident with what they are doing. Whenever we can get that going, it just breeds more success. We are excited for the next couple weeks to finish out the season strong. We need the performances, details, we need the landings, we need every bit of that moving forward."

White, Scharf, and Mangahas standing out in today's meet
"Emily White had another fantastic day and came out really strong. It's hard to have a really big week before and try to reproduce it. She did a great job and hit some really big routines again in the all-around. Hannah (Scharf) has been our rock even from the beginning of the season and going back to last year, and she just continues to produce. Jada (Mangahas) the last couple of weeks has been very strong as well. We are leaning on a lot of them. They are producing right now, they are putting some great routines together, and we are going to continue to need that as we move forward. Overall, I'm just really excited for them." 

Junior Hannah Scharf
New career high all-around score 
"I hadn't really thought about my personal best. I was more excited for the team, and that we had gotten the win and the score that we had been wanting to. Thinking about it now is really exciting that the hard work in the gym is starting to pay off."

Feelings on defeating Cal going into her final floor routine
"I actually hadn't known that we had won. I just wasn't looking at the scores. I wanted my score to help get an even better score for the team. It was great energy going out onto the floor. I could really hear the crowd getting into it and my team getting into it. It was a great feeling." 

On building up confidence late in season
"It was more of our mental confidence than our physical confidence. We knew that we could hit our routines. It was just doing it under that pressure that we hadn't perfected yet. I think these last two scores have really boosted our confidence and gotten on a roll that we want to maintain." 

Sophomore Jada Mangahas
Feelings on defeating Cal 

"I think it shows what we have been doing in the gym. We finally put it all together. Having two meet wins in a row, it shows that we can do this, and that if we just keep our momentum going, we can keep it going into the postseason and we will have a great showing there too."

On building up confidence late in season
"I think we just all had to come together, and realize that it is our time now. We just had to do it all together as one." 

Final Results 

  1. Arizona State, 197.075
  2. Cal, 196.850

Rotation One: Vault, 49.350
The Sun Devils started off strong on vault with a new season-high of 49.350 with three Gym Devils tying their career high. Theodorou won the vault with a 9.925, tying her own career high in the event. Scharf set Theodorou up with a 9.900, tying her best in the event. Mahangas also joined in, tying her career high with 9.875 in the fourth spot.  Jordyn Jaslow rounded out the event with a 9.825, a career high for the junior. 

Rotation Two: Bars, 49.225
Sophomore Sarah Clark helped Arizona State keep the lead after two rotations with a 9.875 on bars in the anchor spot. Following a fall in the lineup, Theodorou tied her own career high with a 9.850, which White matched right after her. Mahangas and Scharf added solid 9.825s and all five Sun Devils whose scores counted were above 9.825 in the event.

Rotation Three: Beam, 49.175
Scharf recorded a new career high of 9.950 on beam to lead the Sun Devils from the sixth spot. Scharf's beam score was the highest of the season. Adding another strong score in the lineup was White who tied her own career high with a 9.900. Senior Jasmine Guitierrez added a solid 9.800 to the event score. 

Rotation Four: Floor, 49.325
Down by .175, the Sun Devils closed out the meet with a bang on floor with a 49.325 to clinch the victory. Every Gym Devil recorded a 9.825 or higher in the event. Mangahas and Scharf anchored on floor, each putting up a 9.900. Jaslow and White followed up with 9.850s, while Clark and Theodorou added to the consistent rotation with 9.825s. 

Up Next
The Sun Devils will travel to face off against Stanford on Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. MST on the Stanford Live Stream.