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Season highs on vault and bars lead Sun Devils over rival Wildcats

Risa Perez scored a 9.875 on the balance beam Saturday.
Risa Perez scored a 9.875 on the balance beam Saturday.
Scott Mammoser

The Arizona State gymnastics team scored season highs on the uneven bars (49.150) and the vault (49.125) to defeat rival Arizona (196.125 to 195.35) Saturday in Tempe.

Ranked No.22 in the nation, the Sun Devils improved to 31-12-1 in its series with the Wildcats, who are No. 17 in the NCAA polls.

“The team just turned it on,” ASU coach John Spini said. “We still have a lot of work to do, we want to get to that 196.5 or 197, but I think we’ll top out around 196.7. I just want to keep working the kids hard. We have a couple hard road trips coming up for us.”

The Sun Devils posted five athletes above 9.8 on the vault, led with Natasha Sundby’s 9.875 and Carissa Kraus’ 9.85 for a combined 49.125. Shelby Edwards led the Wildcats with a 9.85.

“The landings of our vaults were really good,” Spini said. “I want the energy level to be high, and I feel like a cheerleader out there.”

Four Sun Devils scored 9.825 or higher on the uneven bars, with a high of 9.875 from Kraus, and Selynna Felix-Terrazas led Arizona with a 9.8.

On the balance beam, ASU’s Risa Perez scored a meet-high 9.875, while Shana Sangston (9.825) led a quartet of Wildcats over 9.8, their best rotation of the day (49).

Perez and Arizona’s Kristin Klarenbach each scored 9.85 on the floor.

Senior Samantha Seaman of ASU scored a 9.8 on the vault and the floor.

“I really feel like the fans got into it today, and that really helped,” Seaman said. “I thought the judging was a little tough today, but the girls pulled through it. Our vault just keeps building, we keep taking strides forward.”

ASU travels to Corvallis, Ore., March 1 for a meet with Oregon State and Nebraska, and its final home date is at 7 p.m. March 14 versus Northern Illinois. The Wildcats host UCLA at 4 p.m. March 1.

The ASU men’s club team also competed Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena and defeated Washington.

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