Gym Devils host rival Arizona in first State Farm Territorial Cup meet

January 26, 2012


Coming off of a victory over California, which saw the Sun Devils score a season-high total of 195.250, the Arizona State women's gymnastics team (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) hosts in-state rival No. 15 Arizona for the first of two State Farm Territorial Cup match-ups, Friday at 7 p.m. MT at Wells Fargo Arena. Download Full Image

Led by senior Beate Jones' 39.300 all-around score, the Sun Devils defeated the California Golden Bears, 195.250-194.050. Jones took first place on vault and floor in the meet earning a 9.875 in both events. Senior Kahoku Palafox led ASU on bars with a score of 9.850. The Sun Devils are ranked 13th overall in the nation in bars with Palafox ranked 15th nationally.

The Wildcats are currently ranked 15th in the nation averaging 194.763 on the season. Last meet, Arizona fell to then-No. 4 Oregon State in Tucson, 194.825-194.375, on Jan. 20. 

The Sun Devils lead the series against the Wildcats in gymnastics with a record of 29-10-1 since 1977.

Water polo opens season in Santa Barbara

January 26, 2012

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The #6 Arizona State University water polo team will open the 2012 season this weekend as the team heads to Santa Barbara, Calif., to do square off with #17 UC Santa Barbara before continuing the weekend in Santa Barbara at the UCSB Winter Invite at the UCSB Campus Pool in a weekend that will see the Sun Devils take part in five different games between Friday and Sunday.  Download Full Image

The Sun Devils (0-0, 0-0 MPSF) will open the competition against the host Gauchos (2-3) on Friday, Jan. 27, at Noon PST in an event that is separate from the Invitational the team will take part in the rest of the weekend.

ASU will then have two games on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning with Santa Clara at 9:05 a.m. PT before facing their first toughest test of the early season in #7 UC-Irvine at 12:20 p.m. PT.

ASU will conclude the competition on Sunday, Jan. 29, with games slated against unranked squads for CSU Bakersfield at 8 a.m. PT and the tournament finale against Concordia at 2:30 p.m. PT. 

The Sun Devils enter the weekend ranked as high as they have been since 2008 despite just opening the season this weekend.  This comes as a product of returning a solid core of upper classmen, which includes one of last year's leading goal scorers in Mariam Salloum.  

The squad also returns Ianeta Hutchinson to the goal after a solid freshman season from the New Zealander last season and a host of newcomers who bring years of experience on the national and international level to the squad despite their youth.  

The team will look for immediate contributions from freshman Ao Gao and Petra Pardi as well as University of Sydney transfer, Alicia Brightwell

Stay tuned to for a complete recap of the weekend's action at the conclusion of each day of events.