No. 22 Washington Gymnasts Down SPU For The Second Time This Season
March 6, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 22 Washington gymnasts put four freshmen in the lineup Friday night and defeated Seattle Pacific for the second time this season, but fell short of downing No. 9 Oregon State for the regular-season sweep.
Washington totaled a 192.925 for the evening. The Beavers scored a 197.500 and SPU finished third with a 187.975.
The Huskies started their evening on uneven bars, with the freshmen coming up big. Hatsune Akaogi and Amanda Cline each logged a career-high 9.825 on the apparatus to lead Washington. Karen Cain put up a career-high 9.775 and was followed by sophomore Haley Bogart with a 9.750. Ruby Engreitz scored a 9.725 as the final counting score for the Huskies. As a team, Washington tallied a season-best 48.900 on the bars.
In the second rotation, Washington moved over to the beam. Sophomore Samantha Walior scored a 9.825 to lead the Dawgs on beam. Bogart put up a 9.775 and senior Kelly Gilbert chipped in a 9.750. The Huskies then had to count two falls. Engreitz came in with a 9.325 and Akaogi tallied a 9.225. Because of the two falls, Washington totaled 47.900 on the balance beam.
Rotation three saw the Huskies on the floor, where Walior was again the top Dawg, scoring a 9.850, good for third place overall. Akaogi put up a career-best 9.775 and Cain followed with a 9.750. Freshman Lauren Eller saw her first action of the season, scoring a 9.550. The Huskies had to count a fall on the floor as well, with Bogart's 8.925 closing out the event for Washington. On the floor, Washington earned a 47.850.
The Huskies closed out the evening on vault with Bogart and Cline each scoring a 9.750 to pace Washington. Akaogi scored a 9.725 and Cain chipped in a 9.625. Engreitz rounded out the Huskies on vault with a 9.425. As a team, Washington tallied a 48.275.
In the all-around, Akaogi was the top Washington finisher, totaling a 38.550, giving her a third-place finish.
'This was not our best meet,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'We didn't have people step up in the way that we needed, especially with Ashley [Houghting] and Kristen [Linton] out. We hope to get them both back next week, but right now, our depth really concerns me. We need to regroup and have a good meet next week against Denver.'
The GymDawgs return to the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena next Sunday, March 15 to take on Denver at 2pm in the regular season finale. Washington will also host the NCAA West Regional on April 4. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.
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