GymDawgs Upset No. 21 Arizona Saturday Night
Feb. 7, 2009
SEATTLE - The 30th-ranked Washington (6-2) gymnastics team upset Pac-10 rival No. 21 Arizona (0-5) Saturday night in Bank of America Arena, scoring a season-high 195.150 en route to a half-point victory over the Wildcats. The win snapped a three-meet losing streak against Arizona and ensured the Wildcats remained winless for another week.
Washington won titles in every event, with senior Ashley Houghting earning two first-place finishes. Sophomore Kristen Linton and Samantha Walior each chalked up wins for the Huskies as well, pushing the Dawgs to their third straight win.
The GymDawgs started their evening on vault, with sophomore Karen Cain notching a season-high 9.725. The top five Huskies each recorded scores over 9.700, with Houghting recording a 9.900 to win her fourth vault title of the year. Freshman Amanda Cline contributed a 9.825 to tie for second place and help Washington to its second-highest vault score of the season. Hatsune Akaogi put up a career-best mark of 9.800 to place third. The Huskies held a 48.975-48.225 advantage after the first rotation.
In the second rotation, sophomore Kristen Linton won the bars, posting a 9.825, earning her third uneven bars title of the season. Akaogi took third on the event with a score of 9.775. Three of the five Washington scores were 9.700 or above, giving the Huskies a team score of 48.375. After two rotations, the Huskies held a 97.350-96.800 edge over the Wildcats.
The Huskies took control in the third rotation as well, with Walior recording a career-best 9.900 on the beam to win the event, her second beam title of the year. Washington recorded a season-best 48.800 on the apparatus to take a 146.150-145.600 lead over Arizona. Houghting and Haley Bogart each scored a 9.775 to tie for fifth place.
In the final rotation, Washington kept its momentum going with strong performances up and down the lineup. Houghting scored her second event title of the evening, tying for first on the floor with a 9.850. Walior took third with a 9.800 and Bogart tied for fourth with a 9.775. The Huskies recorded a team-score of 49.000, their best score of the season on the apparatus.
'We had two goals for tonight,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'We needed to hit a 195 or better as a team to get back up in the rankings. We knew we had the potential to do that. We also, in the three years I've been here, have never beat Arizona. This was so exciting for us. We're in a strong conference and it's great to beat some of the teams we haven't been able to beat. We feel like we hit both of our goals tonight, which is great. What's really exciting to me is that we can still improve. We needed this win and I was so proud of the entire team tonight. I feel like they all stepped up and performed really well.'
The Huskies head south to No. 2 UCLA next week, meeting the Bruins at 2pm next Sunday, Feb. 15. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.