GymDawgs Down No. 9 Oregon State, No. 14 Illinois
Feb. 21, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 24 Washington gymnasts picked up a huge win Saturday night, upsetting No. 9 Oregon State, No. 14 Illinois and unranked Eastern Michigan at home in Bank of America Arena.
The win snapped Washington's 12-meet losing streak against the Beavers. The Huskies last defeated Oregon State on Feb. 28, 2003.
As a team, Washington won both the beam and the floor, but did not record a single individual event title.
'I'm so proud of them tonight because every single person on the team contributed,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'Everybody was positive and everything just came together. We showed that we can do it and this is really going to help us in the second half of the season to realize that we can do it.'
The Huskies started the evening on vault, with freshman Ruby Engreitz scoring a season-high 9.775. Engreitz's performance set the tone for a hot first rotation for Washington, with four Dawgs setting or tying career-best marks. Freshman Hatsune Akaogi scored a career-best 9.800. Sophomore Haley Bogart tied her career-best with a 9.850, putting her in a four-way tied for fourth place. Freshman Amanda Cline put up a career-best 9.800 and Ashley Houghting anchored the Dawgs with a team-best 9.875. Houghting's score tied her for second on the event. As a team, the Huskies tallied 49.100, narrowly missing a season-best score, with all five scores 9.775 or better. After the first rotation, Washington trailed Oregon State by just .200.
Washington moved over to the uneven bars for the second rotation. Sophomore Karen Cain and Cline each put up a 9.675. Samantha Walior earned a 9.775, tying her season-best score, followed by Akaogi, who tied her career-best with a 9.825, putting her in a four-way tie for sixth place with teammate Linton. Washington scored a 48.775 on the bars, putting the running meet score at 97.875. After the second rotation, the Huskies were tied for first with Illinois, while the Beavers trailed by .100.
The Huskies recorded a season-best score on the beam to win the event. Senior Kelly Gilbert started the Dawgs off with a season-best 9.800 and Houghting followed with a career-best 9.875. Linton tied her season-high with a 9.825. Bogart tied her career-best score of 9.875 and Walior recorded a 9.850. As a team, Washington put up a season-best 49.225 on the beam, beating the previous season-best by nearly half a point. After the third rotation, the Huskies had a running total of 147.100, with Illinois in second with 146.725 and OSU third with 146.650.
In the fourth rotation, Cain led off with a season-best-tying 9.750. Akaogi pieced together a career-best 9.650 and Linton followed with a 9.750. Bogart tallied a 9.775, with Walior just behind with a 9.725. Houghting anchored the GymDawgs with a near-perfect 9.900 to boost the Huskies to a team score of 48.900.
Bogart was the top Husky finisher in the all-around, tallying a career-high 39.125 and coming in third. Akaogi finished with a career-high 39.025 to finish fifth.
Washington tallied a season-best 196.000 for the evening. Illinois came in second with 195.900 and Oregon State finished third with 195.800. Eastern Michigan totaled 191.475.
'We're going to enjoy this one tonight,' said Bowers. 'This felt really good. For our seniors, this is the highest score they've ever had. They've never beaten Oregon State in their four years and not in the three years I've been here, so this is huge for us, for our team and for our program. I'm just thrilled. I'm not surprised that we could do it. I'm just so glad that we finally did.'
The Huskies are back in action next weekend as they head south to face off against Pac-10 foe Arizona State. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.