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ASU Olympic Sports: Wrestling wins Pac-12 title; gymnastics, softball, swim & dive, and tennis updates

An update around the world of Sun Devil athletics.

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As winter winds down, the sporting events pick up in the desert as Sun Devil Athletics has a number of teams in the midst of their seasons, some even wrapping up their latest campaign.

Below, we provide you an update on news surrounding a handful of Arizona State’s Olympic sports teams.

ASU Wrestling

@ASUWrestling Wins First Conference Title in 11 Years (via thesundevils.com)

The Sun Devils defeated the Stanford Cardinal 127-122.5 to win the 2017 Pac-12 Wrestling Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. over the weekend.

Five wrestlers won individual titles: Josh Maruca (149), Josh Shields (157), Anthony Valencia (165), Zahid Valencia (174), and Tanner Hall (HWT), carrying ASU to its 19th all-time conference title, and first in 11 years.

Z. Valencia, a freshman, improved to 33-0 and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. He’s the first Sun Devil to earn the award since Anthony Robles in 2009. You can read a full recap of the tournament, here.


ASU Gymnastics

Gym Devils Hit Season High On Vault; Fall To No. 5 Utah (via thesundevils.com)

The Sun Devils (2-8, 0-5 Pac-12) were defeated by the No. 5 Utah Utes despite scoring a season-best on vault Saturday.

Utah outscored ASU, 197.600-194.850.

The Gym Devils recorded a vault score of 48.725, with freshman Jessica Ginn (career-high 9.825) leading the way.

You can read a full recap of the action, here.


ASU Softball

No. 19 ASU Run Rules UCSB, But Falls to No. 14 Michigan (via thesundevils.com)

The No. 19 Sun Devils (11-2) split their final two contests over the weekend at the 2017 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.

ASU only needed five innings to get past UC Santa Barbara, winning 8-0 thanks to a seven-run second inning, highlighted by freshman Randi Farricker’s three-run homer.

In their second matchup of the day, the Sun Devils weren’t quite as rampant, as their offense was held to three hits against No. 14 Michigan. The Wolverines only needed three runs to come away with the closely-contested victory.

You can read a full recap of the weekend action, here.


ASU Swim & Dive

Aiacoboae Wins Platform Championship, Kansakoski Crushes 200 Breast Record on Final Day at Pac-12's (via thesundevils.com)

The Sun Devils finished sixth in the final point tally over the weekend at the 2017 Pac-12 Diving and Women's Swim championships in Federal Day, Wash.

ASU accumulated 709 total points at the championships.

Junior Mara Aiacoboae went on to win the platform diving title after placing third in the preliminary round, while Claire Fisch, Kat Simonovic, Alysha Bush, and Ingibjorg Jonsdottir notched the program’s second-best time ever recorded in the 400 free relay.

You can read a full recap of the weekend action, here.

The men will compete this weekend from March 1-4.


ASU Tennis

Women’s Tennis Sweeps Through San Diego (via thesundevils.com)

The No. 30 Sun Devils (5-1) followed up a 6-0 sweep over San Diego State on Saturday with a 4-0 sweep against the University of San Diego on Sunday.

ASU’s doubles pairings of Kassidy Jump/Sammi Hampton and Kelley Anderson/Savannah Slaysman secured the first point of the day, before Nicole Hossa-Fuergo, Gussie O’Sullivan and Anderson clinched the final result.

You can read a full recap of the action, here.