GymDawgs Take Second In First Quad Meet Of Season

Jan. 16, 2009

Final Stats

SEATTLE - The Washington GymDawgs earned a hard-fought second place finish against No. 7 Stanford, Sacramento State and SPU Friday night in Bank of America Arena. The Huskies scored 194.250, just two points fewer than the Cardinal.

Stanford won the meet with a 196.450 score. Sacramento State finished third with 193.550 and SPU rounded out the group with a 188.425.

'We started the meet strong on vault and bars,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'I think that with such a young team, even though it wasn't always great, making routines, building on routines and building that excitement and energy really helps the team keep moving forward. Unfortunately on beam, we had to count a fall, which hurt us a little bit there. And then on floor, we had three out of bounds, which really hurts us. So that's something we work on next week in practice. '

In the first rotation, Washington scored a 48.825 on the vault, anchored by strong performances by Ashley Houghting and Amanda Cline. Houghting won her first event of the night and third of the season by posting a 9.925. Cline took third with a 9.850, marking a new career best. Hatsune Akaogi also posted a new career-best mark with a 9.750, good for ninth overall. Haley Bogart managed a season-high 9.800, putting her in fourth place.

On bars, in the second rotation, Kristen Linton was the top Washington finisher, recording a 9.800. Samantha Walior and Karen Cain followed closely with a 9.750 each. Akaogi tallied a 9.700 on the apparatus, a new career best. As a team, the Huskies totaled 48.650 on the bars.

The third rotation for the Huskies was the beam. The Dawgs faltered slightly on the apparatus, scoring 48.300 and taking third overall in the team finish for the event. Samantha Walior put up a career-high score on the apparatus with a team-leading 9.875, tying for first place in the event. The win was Walior's first of the season. Following just behind was Akaogi, who earned a career-best 9.825, good for fifth overall.

'Sam has been working hard on beam, working on her form on her flight series,' said Bowers. 'For her to tie for first on beam tonight with a career high was great to see.'

In the final rotation, Houghting earned her second title of the evening, picking up a win on the floor with a 9.875. Linton tied for fourth on the floor with a 9.800. As a team, the Huskies put up a score of 48.475, edging Sac State and SPU, but falling two-tenths of a point behind Stanford.

Akaogi was the top Husky finisher in the all-around, placing third with a 38.750, marking a new career high for the freshman.

'Stanford is a great program,' said Bowers. 'They finished third at nationals last year and that's what we're aspiring to. To be able to compete with them in the same arena and show where we're at - we came from scoring a 188 two years ago - to a 194-plus right now, having to count a fall... I feel like if we keep improving in practice, and we keep practicing competing, we're going to hit our stride mid-season and we could be a pretty darn good team.'

The Huskies are back in action next week for their first road trip of the season as they head to Utah to compete on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7pm. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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