Washington Gymnasts Strong At Utah
Jan. 23, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - Bolstered by another strong vault showing by senior Ashley Houghting, the No. 25 Washington gymnasts scored a respectable 193.450 against No. 3 Utah. The Utes took the meet with a 196.850, dropping Washington to 3-2 overall.
The Huskies started their evening on bars, with freshman Hatsune Akaogi notching the team's best score, a season-high 9.800. Akaogi tied for fifth overall in the event. She was followed closely by sophomore Samantha Walior, who recorded a 9.775, and freshman Amanda Cline, who scored an even 9.700. As a team, the Huskies tallied 48.425 on the bars.
With the jitters out of the way, Washington moved over to vault in the second rotation, a team strength last week against Stanford, Sacramento State and SPU. Again Houghting nailed her vault, scoring a near-perfect 9.900. Houghting was edged by Utah's Kristina Baskett, who put together a 9.925 performance. Sophomore Haley Bogart and Cline each put up marks of 9.800 to help the Huskies' cause, finishing in a three-way tie for sixth place. Washington recorded a season-high team score of 49.000 on the vault, only a quarter of a point behind Utah.
In the third rotation, the Huskies faltered a little on floor. Sophomore Kristen Linton led the Dawgs with a 9.725. Bogart was just behind with a 9.700 and Akaogi recorded a respectable 9.625. The Huskies totaled 47.425 on the floor.
The Huskies closed on the beam, with Bogart, Akaogi and Walior tying for fourth with a 9.775. Linton came in just behind the trio with a 9.700 and sophomore Karen Cain put up a 9.575. In the fourth rotation, Washington recovered and scored 48.600 on the beam, the second highest team-scoring event of the evening.
Akaogi was the top Dawg in the all-around, piecing together a career-high 38.925 on the night. Cain tallied 37.950.
Washington is back in action next Sunday, Feb. 1, as the Huskies head to the Bay Area to take on Pac-10 rival California at 2pm. Live scoring will be available on GoHuskies.com.