ASU gymnastics finishes last in tri-meet against No. 9 LSU, No. 22 Oregon State

The Sun Devils scored a season-best road score 195.600 on Saturday

Despite starting off strong, ASU gymnastics came in last place in a tri-meet against No. 9 Louisiana State and No. 22 Oregon State.

The Sun Devils (4-5, 1-1) started the meet off on bars where freshman Gracie Reeves fell, resulting in her lowest bar score of the season with an 8.900. Despite the fall, ASU did not have to count the score and found themselves in second place after the first rotation. 

OSU (8-3, 2-0) did not start out strong in front of their home crowd due to poor landings from sophomore Madi Dagen and freshman Kayla Bird on vault. The Beavers finished their first rotation scoring a 48.850.

In the second rotation, LSU (5-2) junior Bridget Dean added to the Tigers lead as she matched her career-high 9.800 on floor.

ASU dropped to third place after scoring a 48.700 on beam in the second rotation. None of the six Sun Devil gymnasts scored above a 9.775. Freshman Isabel Redmond set a career-high with a 9.750.

OSU was able to move past ASU into second place due to a strong showing on bars. Senior Isis Lowery set a season-high on bars with a 9.875.

In the third rotation, the Sun Devils continued to fall further away from second place, as they finished with a 48.675 on floor. Senior Jessica Ginn and freshman Hannah Scharf were the only ASU gymnasts to score a 9.800 or above on floor. 

OSU continued to claw away at LSU’s lead as Lacy Dagen, Madi Dagen and Maela Lazaro all scored a 9.900 or above on beam.Lacy and Madi Dagen both scored 9.900s and Lazaro scored a career-high 9.925. The Beavers’ 49.375 on beam tied their season-high.

After struggling for most of the afternoon, the Sun Devils managed to put it together on vault in the last rotation. Junior Cairo Leonard-Baker, graduate student Morgan Wilson and Ginn all set or tied season-highs, while Scharf tied her career-high. 

The Sun Devils performance in the fourth rotation was not enough to move them out of third place, as they finished the meet with a 195.600.

Despite a furious comeback on floor in the fourth rotation, the Beavers came up just short to the Tigers 196.800 to 196.700. Freshman LSU gymnast Alyona Shchennikova helped prevent the comeback by earning a career-high 9.850 on bars. 

ASU will travel to Los Angeles, California to take on the No. 5 UCLA Bruins on Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. MST.


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