Gymnasts Pick Up Two Wins On Super Sunday
Feb. 1, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Washington gymnastics team picked up two big wins on Super Sunday, earning the team title over Pac-10 rival California and Illinois State. The GymDawgs put up a season-high team score of 194.400, while the Redbirds finished second with 191.350 and the Golden Bears took third with 190.950.
The Huskies earned titles in every event but beam, earning several season-best marks.
'Obviously it was great to get the win against two other teams,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'Anytime you're winning feels great and this was our highest score of the season so far. It was a great team effort.'
The Huskies started on the bars in their first rotation. Sophomore Kristen Linton put up the team-high score of 9.875 to win the event. Hatsune Akaogi was just behind her with 9.825, good for third place. As a team, Washington earned a season-high 48.825 on the apparatus, giving them the team lead after the first rotation.
In the second rotation, Washington hit the beam, with sophomore Haley Bogart leading the way. Bogart scored a season-high 9.800, finishing second, with senior Ashley Houghting right behind at 9.700, tying for fifth place. The Huskies scored a 47.925 on the beam. Washington slipped into second place after the second rotation, falling under a half a point behind Illinois State.
Floor was up third for the GymDawgs. Houghting stepped up big for the Huskies, posting a season-best 9.925 to win the event. Sophomore Samantha Walior posted a 9.850 to tie for second, helping the team to a season-high score of 48.900. The high team score put the Dawgs back on top of the scoreboard, outpacing both Cal and Illinois State by more than a point.
The fourth rotation was the vault. Houghting took her second title of the meet, earning a season-high 9.950, tying her career-best mark. The Dawgs swept the top four places on the apparatus, with freshman Amanda Cline (9.775) taking second, Akaogi (9.750) finishing third and Bogart earning fourth (9.725).
Akaogi took her first all-around title of the season, totaling a career-best 38.700.
'I thought the team started out very well in terms of hitting our routines,' said Bowers. 'We struggled on beam, but actually stayed on. We had a lot of wobbles and a lot of mistakes on the balance beam. But then we came back and did a pretty good job on the floor and vault. Individually, Ashley did beautifully on floor and vault, Kristen [Linton] had a gorgeous bar routine, Haley did a great job on the beam for us and Samantha did a nice floor routine and a nice bar routine. I was also really excited for Hatsune to win first in the all-around, because she's from this area and had a bunch of friends and family here today, so that was great for her.'
'I feel like we're moving forward and we're getting better,' added Bowers. 'We still have such a long way to go in terms of hitting all four events. We could have done so much better on the beam today, I thought, but as a whole, we're moving forward. As long as we're moving in the right direction, we're going to hit our goal of qualifying to Regionals and moving forward that way. I'm proud of the team today.'