GymDawgs Post Season-High Road Score In Loss To Arizona State
Feb. 27, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 24 Husky gymnastics team was edged by Arizona State Friday night in the Wells Fargo Arena. Washington won the vault as a team, edging the Sun Devils, 48.625-48.475.
The Huskies fell, 195.575-195.075, but tallied the highest road score of the season.
Washington started the evening on bars, recording a solid 48.675 as a team. Sophomore Karen Cain kicked the meet off for the Huskies, posting a 9.675. She was followed by freshmen Amanda Cline, who put up a matching 9.675 and Ruby Engreitz, who scored a 9.700. Sophomore Samantha Walior earned a 9.775, tying her season high. Sophomore Kristen Linton anchored the Dawgs on the uneven bars, putting up a team-best and season-high 9.850, good for second place in the event. After the first rotation, the Huskies led the Sun Devils by two-tenths of a point.
In the second rotation, the Huskies moved over to the vault. Akaogi scored a 9.725 and was followed by Bogart with a 9.700 and Cline with a 9.775. Houghting anchored the Dawgs on vault with a team-best 9.850, taking second place. As a team, Washington put together a 48.675. After the second rotation, Arizona State held a .125-point advantage.
Washington was on the floor in the third rotation, a typically strong rotation for the Huskies. Cain started things off for the Dawgs, scoring a 9.700. Linton earned a 9.700 and Bogart put up a 9.750. Walior earned a 9.800 and Houghting scored a 9.850, earning second place honors for the Huskies. Washington scored a 48.775 on the floor and a running total of 146.075.
The Huskies finished the night on the beam, scoring a 49.000, the second highest beam score of the season and the highest road score of the year. Senior Kelly Gilbert scored a 9.800, tying her season high score. Houghting finished with a 9.675 while Linton put up a 9.825, tying her season high. Bogart also scored a 9.825 and Walior anchored the team with a 9.875, narrowly missing her season high.
'We came out a little flat on the first two events, but really picked it up for the last two,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'We didn't count a fall anywhere, which is good. Being on the road, scoring over a 195 will definitely help out our RQS, but I think we all felt like we could have done better. I love that no one - not the gymnasts, not the coaches - is satisfied with these results tonight. I recognize that a 195 on the road is improvement for us, but our expectations have been raised after the last few meets and we just expect more from ourselves now.'
Washington is back in action next week at the Salbasgeon Invitational at Oregon State on Friday, March 6. The Huskies return home for the final regular-season home meet on March 15 to face Denver. Washington will also host the NCAA west regional on April 4 at 6pm. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.
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