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Season Ends For Gym Devils At Regionals

Mar 31, 2022

NORMAN, Okla. – The season came to a close for No. 16 Sun Devil Gymnastics on Thursday as the team placed fourth with a 196.600 in the second session of the second round at the NCAA Norman Regional. 

Notable Stats

  • In the session, No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 18 Arkansas advanced to the regional finals with a 198.175 and 196.975, respectively. Arizona placed third with a 196.800.
  • There were six 9.900s scored by the Gym Devils tonight, five of them coming on floor. Sophomore Sarah Clark scored a 9.900 on beam and on floor, the beam score a new season high and the floor was a career high. Two others had career highs on floor with their own 9.900s: senior Jasmine Gutierrez and sophomore Emily White.
  • Junior Hannah Scharf was one of two Gym Devils to compete in the all-around, earning a 39.400. Her best event was floor where she scored a 9.900. She has not scored below a 9.825 on bars all season, earning a 9.850 tonight.
  • The other all-around competitor was White, who scored a 39.350. In addition to her 9.900 on floor, she had solid 9.850s on bars and beam.
  • Sophomore Skye Harper made her collegiate debut on beam, scoring a 9.800 after being put into the lineup at the last minute.

Quotes:
Arizona State Co-Head Coach Jay Santos

"I think we did a good job of continuing to battle throughout the meet. We started out on one of the tougher-scored events and hit the next three events. We hit them well, but we didn't hit them great with our landings. We easily could've been right there with some better landings today. We were just giving up too much. To me, it just came down to the details. We had some nice routines, but we just couldn't quite finish routines like we needed to. I think floor finished it off great for us, and I'm proud of the team. They hung in there and kept hitting routines. I think we finished really well, we just needed a little bit more."

On lineup changes
"We had to move some things around for a couple different reasons. I think the athletes that we put in did a good job, they hit their routines. A couple people hadn't competed that much and they did a good job handling that pressure in a regional meet. Anytime you have to rearrange things, it can get a little interesting, but I think ultimately it came down to the details. They did great stepping up today."

On the future of the program
"We've got plenty of people who have competed at a high level returning. We'll have some freshmen as well. Obviously the sting of disappointment is real right now, so I can't say I'm looking that far ahead at this point. We'll go back, have our offseason and get back to work. The overall picture of the program is still great. I'm very optimistic. We have a great team, a great core. I'm very excited about that."

Junior Hannah Scharf
On her performance

"I feel like I didn't reach my full potential today. I think I did a really good job of trying to rally everybody and keep everybody in the right mindset, but I think I did let it slip in a couple areas."

On floor
"It's always tough starting our meet on not the best foot, but I'm so unbelievably proud of how hard we've worked in the gym to make those changes, especially on floor. I'm so proud of every one of those girls."

Final Results

  1. Oklahoma, 198.175
  2. Arkansas, 196.975
  3. Arizona, 196.800
  4. Arizona State, 196.600

Rotation One: Vault, 48.800
It was a rocky start for the Gym Devils on vault. Only two scores were a 9.800 or better. Mangahas earned a 9.800 while Scharf went right after and scored a 9.825. There was just one start value of 10.0 with freshman Alex Theodorou out of the lineup.

Rotation Two: Bars, 49.150
The bars squad picked it up in the second rotation, with all five scores that counted being at least a 9.800. Scharf and White led the way with 9.850s. Mangahas, who has scored a 9.800 or better in all but one bars routine this season, earned a 9.825 in the lead-off spot. Izzy Redmond and Cienna Samiley were back in the bars lineup, scoring a 9.825 and 9.800, respectively. 

Rotation Three: Beam, 49.150
Clark led the beam lineup with a 9.900, a new season high for her in that event. Fellow sophomore White added a solid 9.850 in the middle of the lineup, with Scharf bringing in a 9.825 in the anchor spot. Harper made her collegiate debut, joining the lineup at the last minute and scoring a 9.800. 

Rotation Four: Floor, 49.500
The meet ended on a high note as all five scores that counted were a 9.900. After a lead-off 9.850 from Jordyn Jaslow, the next five Gym Devils all scored 9.900s. For Gutierrez, Clark and White, it was a career high on floor.