Huskies Defeat Alaska Anchorage In Season Opener

Jan. 9, 2009

Final Stats

SEATTLE - The 2009 Washington gymnastics team opened the season with a big win over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves Friday night in Bank of America Arena. The Huskies defeated the UAA, 192.550-184.650, winning all four events plus the all-around.

Ashley Houghting, Kristen Linton, Haley Bogart, Samantha Walior and Karen Cain each won titles in the Huskies' win.

'We started kind of poorly on vault and bars as a team,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'We some very strong individual performances on vault and beam, but as a team, we didn't look too good. But we didn't give up in the second half of the meet. We really stepped it up and showed what we're made of and performed pretty well as a team on the floor and beam. I think we'll see a huge improvement from the first meet to the second.'

The Huskies won the vault, with Washington holding a 48.250-47.600 advantage in the event. Houghting won her first event title of the season, turning in a strong 9.800 performance. Sophomore Haley Bogart tied Alaska's Lauren Agostino for second place honors on the vault, notching a 9.750.

Washington also earned the win on bars, outpacing the Seawolves, 46.975-43.875. Linton took her first title of the season with a 9.825. She was followed closely by sophomore Karen Cain, who recorded a score of 9.725.

On beam, Washington took another win, with three Dawgs tying for the title. Linton, Bogart and Akaogi each posted a 9.750 to take a three-way tie in the event. Samantha Walior came in just behind the trio of Huskies, earning a score of 9.725. As a team, Washington recorded a score of 48.550 on the apparatus, exactly two full points higher than the Seawolves.

Houghting picked up her second title of the evening on floor, where the senior posted a 9.900. Bogart earned second place on the floor with a 9.800. The Huskies tumbled well, posting a 48.775 team score, taking a two-plus point advantage over UAA (46.625).

In the all-around, Cain took the overall title, earning a 38.450. Houghting earned second place honors with a 38.275. Freshman Hatsune Akaogi placed third in the all-around competition with a 37.950.

'I was so impressed with Karen [Cain] tonight,' said Bowers. 'She has worked harder than anyone on the team for the last year to improve her skills and upgrade her routines and it really paid off for her tonight. It's a coach's dream to see someone put in that kind of time and effort and have it pay off like that. Hatsune [Akaogi] also had a really great night. She was in a difficult situation. We anchored her on beam and there had already been a fall, so she knew she couldn't fall. But she still went aggressive in her routine and she just did great. Ashley [Houghting] is just Ashley. She was great on vault and floor tonight.'

The Huskies are back in action next Friday, Jan. 16 at 7pm, when the Dawgs host SPU, Sac State and Stanford.

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