Walior Wins Bars, Huskies Beat SPU In Final Home Meet
Feb. 26, 2010
SEATTLE - Junior Samantha Walior captured the bars title with a 9.900 and the Washington women's gymnastics team finished second in a tri-meet Friday with No. 8 Arkansas and Seattle Pacific in their final home meet of the 2010 season.
The Huskies totaled 194.100 to defeat the Falcons, who totaled 188.275, picking up their fourth win of the season. Arkansas ran away with the meet over the final two rotations, scoring 196.075.
Walior won her third event of the season but earned her first victory on bars, tying her career high with a 9.900. It equaled UW's best individual score of the season.
The Huskies began the night on vault and started out strong with a 48.675. Haley Bogart led the way with a 9.825, which was the third-best of the night, and Hatsune Akaogi had a 9.800 to place fourth. Lauren Rogers added a 9.775 while Karen Cain, Ruby Engreitz and Amanda Cline all scored above 9.600. UW trailed Arkansas by just 48.850-48.675 after the first rotation and jumped ahead of SPU, which finished their first rotation on beam with 46.550.
UW moved to the bars where freshman Phoebe Tham got the Dawgs off to a good start, recording a new career high with a 9.750. Cline also had a big routine with a 9.775 and while the Huskies had a couple falls in their middle routines, they bounced back with a 9.875 from Kristen Linton, just shy of her career-best 9.900. Walior then wrapped things up with her 9.900 to tie Linton for UW's best individual score of the season. Linton's score was good enough to place second overall, giving the Huskies a solid 48.550 on the event.
It was on to the beam for the GymDawgs where they struggled a bit, recording a 48.050. Akaogi led the way with a 9.775 followed by Walior with a 9.750. Bogart also had a solid routine with a 9.700 and Anna Epps added a 9.650 but the Huskies had two falls and had to count one to drop well behind Arkansas, which was cruising along with 49.175 on floor, including two scores of 9.900. Akaogi's score was enough to put her in a tie for fourth on the event.
The Huskies finished the night on floor, where they recovered from their performance on beam with a 48.825. Cain started things off with a season-high 9.725 and Cline followed by tying her season high with a 9.750. The freshman Tham then made her first appearance of the season on floor and nailed her routine, earning a 9.750. Akaogi followed with a 9.775 and Bogart scored a 9.825 before Linton wrapped things up with a 9.725.
'We do so many things right and we're working so hard and every week we're competing against the best in the country. I feel like we're right on the verge of being able to prove we can compete with those good teams,' head coach Joanne Bowers said. 'But with the talent we have and what we could possibly do, it's frustrating because it feels like it's just out of our reach right now. We have a young team and we're so close, but we see it and feel like we can almost do it but we just have some misses here and there from different people in different weeks and we need to put it all together. Hopefully we are just saving it for Pac-10s and Regionals because we definitely haven't peaked. We're a work-in-progress team that has a lot of talent.'
The Huskies head out on the road for the final three meets of the regular season, starting with a Pac-10 battle at Arizona on Friday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Tucson, Ariz.