It was a complete and strong performance for Arizona State to secure their first road win of the new 2019 season, improving from week one and defeating host Texas Woman’s 195.675-193.550 in Denton, Texas. For the Sun Devils, a resurgent team in 2018, the goal in 2019 was to continue their improvement and really move to the top of the Pac 12 ranks, something requiring consistency.

Arizona State saw consistency throughout the meet from sophomore all-around star Cairo Leonard-Baker, who began the meet on the bars for the Sun Devils with a 9.850 while Anne Kuhm and Morgan Wilson posted 9.825s in the first rotation. For Texas Woman’s, the Pioneers saw Hope Parkin deliver a 9.850 and Morgan Colee a 9.800 for a solid rotation as well.

The Sun Devils saw more big scores in rotation two on the vault from Anne Kuhm with a 9.850 while the Pioneers of Texas Woman’s received a boost from Bria Northrop‘s big 9.800 on the bars.

Anne Kuhm competes on the floor exercise for the Arizona State Sun Devils against the Texas Woman’s Pioneers in Denton, Texas/College Gym News- Elizabeth Grimsley

Floor exercise in the third rotation was where Arizona State particularly shined, with Cairo Leonard-Baker posting a big 9.875 on top of Kaitlyn Szafranski‘s 9.850 and 9.800s from Jessica Ginn and Katelyn Lentz. On the balance beam, Isabel Goyco received a 9.825 for the Pioneers while Northrop posted a 9.800.

Heading into the fourth and final rotation, Arizona State held a strong and convincing lead, however the pressure did not stop from the Sun Devils with Justine Callis putting up a 9.800 on the balance beam. For Texas Woman’s closing on floor, Northrop continued her excellent meet all-around with a 9.875 on floor and Erin Alderman also posted a 9.850, a solid finish to the meet for the Pioneers despite the convincing Arizona State victory.

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