No. 20 Arizona won the Pacific-12 rivalry gymnastics meet at Arizona State Monday, 196.375 to 193.975, despite the Gym Devils’ Taylor Allex scoring over 9.9 on floor and vault. It was the fourth time over 196 this season for the Wildcats and the second-highest total (after a 196.475 versus UCLA), and the third-highest for ASU, all coming in the most recent three competitions.
“We had some moments that were a little shaky, and to come back and finish on a high note, I was really proud of them,” first-year Arizona coach Tabitha Yim said. “It shows we’re building a lot of character as a team.”
Krysten Howard led the Wildcats on the bars with a 9.875, with Gabrielle Laub, Kennady Schneider and Danielle Spencer all scoring over 9.8, as well, for a team total of 49.150. Carissa Kraus led the Gym Devils with a 9.8 (47.250 team).
Allex of ASU posted the evening’s highest score, a 9.925 on floor, just off the career high she notched in the previous meet versus California of 9.95. Allie Salas (9.875), Corinne Belkoff (9.875) and Katelyn Lentz (9.825) added to the Gym Devils’ 49.25 total, their one event win Monday. Schneider and Jessie Sisler each scored 9.875, and Lexi Mills had a 9.8 for the Wildcats on the floor (49.125). Allex added a career-high-tying 9.9 on vault for ASU, with Salas adding a 9.85 for a team 48.825, which was topped by Arizona’s 48.85, led by Shelby Edwards’ 9.8.
Maddy Cindric’s 9.9 topped all beam performers, and four others eclipsed 9.8 for Arizona on the apparatus (49.25). Beka Conrad led ASU with a 9.825 on the beam, as the team took a 48.35.
“We can’t worry about form and technique when you’re missing major releases and connections,” ASU coach Rene Lyst said. “We’ll go back in the gym again to build their confidence. The little things, we need to get rid of those things, but they are really close.”
The Gym Devils will be at UCLA at 2 p.m. Saturday before returning to Wells Fargo Arena for the home season finale at 7 p.m. March 4 versus Penn State, a duo meet with the men’s team. The Wildcats are at home versus Washington at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“Tonight was a really great night, and I had a good feeling since walking in the door,” ASU freshman Justine Callis added. “It’s been so much fun.”