Olympic Sports Roundup: ASU Gymnastics Finished Fourth Season in NCAA Tournament

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ASU Spring Sports is nearing the end of the season, and several postseason competitions are underway.

Gymnastic

The ASU gymnastics team completed its 2021-22 campaign, finishing in fourth place in the second session of the second round of the NCAA Norman Regionals with a team overall score of 196.600.

Six Gym Devils scored 9,900 tonight, including sophomores Sarah ClarkSenior Jasmine Gutierrez and second Emily White, all of whom posted career highs on the floor. Second year Hannah Scharf also gave an impressive performance as she competed in the all-around, scoring a 39.400.

No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 18 Arkansas advanced to the regional finals. UA trailed just behind Arkansas and finished in third place with a score of 196.800.

“I feel like I didn’t reach my full potential today,” Scharf said. “I think I did a really good job of trying to get everyone on board and keep everyone in the right frame of mind, but I think I let down in a few areas.”

While the defeat still stings for the Gym Devils, coach Jay Santos believes that its program is in a good place.

“We have a lot of people who have been involved in a high level comeback,” Santos said. “Obviously the sting of disappointment is real right now, so I can’t say I’m looking that far ahead at this point. We’re going to go back, have our offseason and get back to work. The overall picture of the program is still great. We have a great team, a great core. I’m very excited about it.”

male golf

ASU’s No. 4 Men’s Golf Team competed in the Valspar Invitational in Palm City, Fla., March 28-29, and came away with a fifth-place finish. The Sun Devils finished with a final tally of 13 under, as No. 9 Pepperdine won the tournament.

ASU wrapped up the second innings in second place after Pepperdine cemented their massive lead with an 18-under score and finished the third inning with a 34-under total score.

Senior James Leow and freshman Josele Ballester both tied for 14th with a total of four under. Ballester has now finished tied with Sun Devil or atop the seed in his first two tournaments here at ASU.

Senior Cameron Sisk ended with a score of three under, which was enough to tie in 17th place. Sisk started hot on the first lap, dropping eight under and holding on to the top spot. After finishing his second round at two, he finished the third round at three.

The men’s team will play their first and only home tournament of the season from April 15-16. Thunderbird Collegiate will bring top talent to Papago, like Oklahoma No. 1, Oklahoma State No. 2 and three other top 10 ranked schools, according to the Bushnell/Golfweek D1 Coaches Survey.

ASU has won 12 of the last 22 tournaments held at Thunderbird. In last year’s game, the Sun Devils fell short of Texas Christian University by just four strokes and came second. Junior David Puig led ASU with a final score of 10 under par.

Athletics

ASU’s track and field team sent its distance runners to California to compete in the Stanford Invitational April 1-2. Although there were only a few Sun Devils competing, several independent, brand-sponsored and international athletes were in attendance, creating an elite pool of talent for the meet.

First-year student Dayton Carlson won the men’s 1500 meter running event with a time of 3:49.29. Carlson has now won his second first place finish in his first three competitions as a Sun Devil. Graduate student Adam Meyer won second place with a time of 3:51.62.

Junior Vincent Mauri continued his streak of podium finishes after securing second place in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:40.69. Since the start of the outdoor season last month, Mauri has never placed below second place.

The full track team will be in effect next weekend for the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe April 7-9. This will be the penultimate home meeting of the outdoor season for ASU, leaving just three total meetings before the Pac-12 Championships are held in Eugene, Oregon May 13-15.

The Crosse

ASU women’s lacrosse kicked off three straight non-conference games with a 21-10 loss to Florida on March 27.

Graduate striker carley adams led the Sun Devils with four goals. Senior Midfielder Kaylon Buckner added two goals. Graduate forwards Emily Glagolev and Emily Munroand qualified midfielders Lia Willis and Taylor Pinzone each added a goal.

First year guard Katie Vahle started his ninth straight game with the Sun Devils, making five saves and allowing 18 goals in three quarters. Second year goaltender Flynn Murphy replaced for the last frame, making two saves and allowing three goals.

The Sun Devils began their East Coast journey with a 16-4 loss to No. 5 Stony Brook.

Buckner, Glagolev, Adams and Pinzone each scored a goal as the Sun Devils fell to 4-6 this season.

Vahle started his 10th straight game for the Sun Devils, making nine saves and allowing 16 goals in 60 minutes of play.

The Sun Devils capped off their East Coast trip with a 13-12 overtime win over the No. 14 Rutgers on Sunday.

Glagolev led the Sun Devils with four goals, followed closely by Buckner, Pinzone and Adams with two goals. Main striker Katie Brodskysecond striker Mina Scott and graduate midfielder Maria Villanti each added a goal.

Pinzone’s second goal sent the Sun Devils into overtime where Adams scored the game-winning goal with an assist from Pinzone.

Vahle started his 11th consecutive game, making 11 saves and allowing 12 goals.

The Sun Devils return to Tempe and Pac-12 will play Stanford on Friday at 4 p.m. MST.

Beach volleyball

ASU entered the Pac-12 South tournament last weekend, going 0-4. The Sun Devils faced No. 8 Stanford, No. 17 UA, No. 3 USC and No. 11 Cal.

In Game 1, ASU faced No. 11 Cal. There weren’t many positives for ASU as they were swept 5-0. In that same match, the two and three pairs swapped partners which resulted in a poor performance by the Sun Devils.

After that, they faced No. 3 USC, where they were down four sets to one. However, second Kate Fitzgerald and freshman Kylie Wickley got the only victory.

On Sunday, the Sand Devils lost 5-0 against number 8 Stanford, whom they had faced a few days earlier at home.

Finally, ASU took on No. 17 UA, where the team managed to pick up a few wins. but still fell to the Wildcats 3-2. The Fitzgerald/Wickley pair picked up a win, along with the sophomore pair Taryn Ames and senior Mady Salazar.

female golf

ASU Women’s Golf dominated the PING/ASU Invitational last weekend, finishing 25 under in the home tournament.

It was the 21st time ASU had won its home tournament, finishing 15 strokes ahead of No. 2 Oregon (-10) and 23 strokes ahead of No. 1 Stanford (-2). Both teams finished second and third.

“(I) couldn’t be prouder of this team for the way they played this weekend,” the coach said. Missy Farr Kaye noted. “It was great to see so many fans supporting us on our way to victory.”

Senior Alexandra Forsterling finished in first place in their last home event with -9. Forsterling shot a remarkable -6 on day one to power himself to victory.

Second year Ashley Menne also played well, finishing second in the tournament with -7. Menne racked up ten birdies and an eagle to help lead the team to a first-place finish.

“We play smart and focus on execution,” coach Missy Farr-Kaye said. “Every week we get a little bit better.”

First-year student Calynne Rosholt finished -3, tied for tenth place in the event. Senior Alessandra Fanali and freshman Grace Summerhays finished +1, while junior Amanda Linnier and second Breyana Matthews completed +2 and +15, respectively. Linner and Matthews competed as individuals and their scores did not count towards the team score.

The Sun Devils next face off at the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif., April 4-6.


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Justin SpangenthalSports journalist

Justin Spangenthal is a reporter for The State Press, currently covering men’s golf and athletics. Justin transferred to ASU last January and plans to graduate Fall 23. He is passionate about journalism and hopes to one day start his own medium.


Catherine FieldSports journalist

Kathryn Field is a full-time sports reporter, covering women’s basketball and lacrosse for The State Press. She previously worked for The State Press as a freelancer, covering many different sports.


Aaron SchmidtSports journalist

Aaron Schmidt is a sportswriter who covers ASU Baseball and ASU Women’s Golf for The State Press. He previously covered Higley High School football for AZPreps365.


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