No. 5 Oregon State Knocks Off No. 20 Huskies

Jan. 23, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - After strong performances in their first two meets of the season at home, the No. 20 Washington gymnastics squad struggled in its first road meet of the season, falling to No. 5 Oregon State, 195.700-192.800, Friday night at Gill Coliseum.

The Huskies, who do not have a senior on their squad, showed their youth and inexperience in their first road test as the Beavers got revenge over a Husky win in 2009 that snapped their 12-meet losing streak in the series.

Junior Haley Bogart led the way for UW on Friday, showing veteran leadership in posting the Huskies' highest score on two of the four events. She tied a season high on vault and set a new season high on floor with a 9.800.

The Huskies started off the meet on bars where they struggled right away. Freshman Phoebe Tham and junior Kristen Linton led the way, each with scores of 9.625.

UW continued to struggle as a team on vault but Bogart stayed strong and led the team with a 9.775. Amanda Cline received the second-best score for UW with a 9.675.

Bogart continued to stay strong on floor with a 9.800, a new season high, while sophomore Hatsune Akaogi bounced back from a rough start with a 9.775 and Linton posted a 9.750.

Junior Samantha Walior ended the night strong for UW as she has all season, posting a 9.775 on beam to finish second in the event. Bogart also had a solid performance with a 9.725 and freshman Paige Bixler posted a 9.700.

'We did not have a very good meet at all. It was a combination of a lot of things. We had a couple good meets at home and people started thinking we had arrived and we did not have a good week of practice and it showed in our performance,' Washington head coach Joanne Bowers said. 'Being a young team on the road, we expected some bumps but I did not expect what I saw tonight. Starting on bars in front of 3,600 people was tough. We usually start well on bars but we had a tough time with some dismounts. When we moved to vault, which has been a bit weaker for us, it really escalated and we didn't do well there. Then in the warm-up for floor, Lauren Rogers bruised her heel and had to be taken out so we put in exhibition performer Amanda Cline at the last moment and the drama of everything and some tough judging really made it tough for us. Paige Bixler did the best routine on beam I've ever seen and didn't get the score she deserved.'

'The person who did the best for us through all the drama and all the falls was Haley Bogart,' Bowers continued. 'All three events she did, she did a great job. She competed so well and I'm very proud of her. She was a great leader tonight. If we learn from this experience on the road and get better it will be worth it but this was a true wake-up call. I know we're a lot better than this.'

The Huskies, who have faced No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon State and No. 9 Nebraska this season, continue their murderer's row schedule next week when they host No. 6 Utah on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

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