GymDawgs Record Season High In Loss To No. 25 Arizona State

Feb. 13, 2010

SEATTLE - The No. 24 Washington gymnastics squad recorded a season-high 195.425 score and junior Samantha Walior won one event and tied for the win on another, but No. 25 Arizona State did just enough to edge the Huskies with a 195.650 score.

The Huskies fell to 2-6 on the season while Arizona State improved to 2-6.

Walior won the beam with a 9.850 and tied with two Husky teammates for the win on floor as she, Kristen Linton and Haley Bogart each scored 9.850. Ruby Engreitz earned her first career victory for UW on bars, scoring a 9.850, while Lauren Rogers finished second on vault with a career-high 9.875.

The meet got off to a strange start for the Huskies when Linton led off on vault and fell on her approach, receiving a 0.00 score, but the Huskies responded by hitting their next five vaults with every team member either equaling or setting a new season high. With Linton's score dropped as the lowest of the six, the Huskies' total of 49.000 was not only their highest vault score of the year but their highest score on any event this season to that point. UW led after one rotation, 49.000-48.600.

After Linton's fall, Kylie Sharp set a new career high with a score of 9.725 to set a the tone and Amanda Cline followed with a season high of 9.775. Hatsune Akaogi then tied her career high with a 9.800 before Rogers nailed her vault for a career high of 9.875 for a second-place finish. Bogart closed out the incredible run for the Huskies with a new season high of 9.825.

Up next was bars for the GymDawgs where they continued to hit solid routines. Phoebe Tham started things off strong with a 9.700 and Cline followed with a 9.725, a new season high. Engreitz then put together the best routine of her career, earning a 9.850 to tie for the win on the event. Akaogi and Walior wrapped things up, each scoring a 9.750 to tie for third. The Dawgs compiled a total of 48.775 to help them keep the lead, 97.775-97.700.

The Huskies moved on to beam where Paige Bixler started things off strong with a 9.725. Anna Epps also recorded a 9.725 and Linton added a season high of 9.775. Things got a little dicey for UW in the middle of the rotation, but Walior ensured UW ended on a high note with a 9.825. Unfortunately, UW's score of 48.625 gave the Sun Devils their first lead heading into the final rotation, 146.800-146.400.

In the Huskies' final rotation on floor, Cain started things off with a 9.700 and Cline followed with a 9.750. After Akaogi recorded a 9.725, Linton made up in a big way for a couple early mistakes with a career-high 9.850 and Bogart matched her with a season-high 9.850 to inch the Huskies closer. Walior then ended the meet in style, tying her season high of 9.850, but it wasn't quite enough to give the Huskies the win.

UW's total score on floor was 49.025, a season high which surpassed UW's earlier vault score of 49.000 as their highest score on any event. UW's final score of 195.425 was also well better than their previous season-high of 194.875.

The Huskies stay home next week when they entertain another Pac-10 foe in California, Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

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