No. 21 GymDawgs Finish Fifth At Pac-10 Championships

March 27, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 21 Washington gymnastics team finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, scoring a 193.825 at the McKale Center.

Kristen Linton had a big night for the Dawgs, leading the team on all three events she competed in, scoring a 9.825 on beam, a 9.800 on bars and a 9.775 on floor to earn a pair of top-10 finishes. She tied for eighth overall on beam and tied for ninth on bars.

The Huskies, who came into the meet ranked as the fourth-best Pac-10 team nationally, finished behind UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State - all ranked in the top-10 nationally - along with No. 23 Arizona, which had a big night in front of their home crowd to score a 195.875. UCLA won the Pac-10 title with a 197.350.

UW started off slow but got better as the night went on, recording their two highest scores in their final two rotations. The Huskies' high score came on vault, where they scored 48.825, and they also scored well on floor with a 48.625. The Huskies are scored over 48.000 on bars, compiling a 48.450.

Linton was the star for the Huskies but freshman Lauren Rogers also had a good meet, recording a 9.775 on vault and a 9.750 on floor to go along with a 9.625 on bars. Junior Samantha Walior was also steady, scoring a 9.775 on beam, a 9.750 on floor and a 9.650 on beam. Amanda Cline, meanwhile, tied for 13th on vault with a 9.800.

UW started the event on bars, where Rogers went first and got UW off to a good start with a 9.625. Amanda Cline and Ruby Engreitz followed with solid routines, with Cline receiving a 9.575 and Engreitz earning a 9.675. As they have all year, juniors Linton and Walior ended the rotation with a bang for UW, scoring 9.800 and 9.775, respectively. UW's total score of 48.450 on bars was the fifth-highest bars score of the night. They finished the first rotation in third overall, behind UCLA and Oregon State and ahead of California. Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford had byes in the first rotation.

The Huskies then moved on to beam where they scored a 47.925. Freshman Paige Bixler, coming off a career-best 9.925 last week against Seattle Pacific, led off for the Huskies and scored a solid 9.625. Akaogi followed with a strong routine and a 9.725 and Linton continued to have a great night, hitting for a career-high tying and season-best 9.825. Walior closed out the rotation with a 9.650 and the Huskies led the meet after two rotations with 96.375 as the only team to have competed on the first two.

After a bye in the third rotation, UW moved on to floor where they picked things up with their best performance of the night to that point, scoring a 48.625. Cline started things off with a 9.650, Karen Cain followed with a 9.625 and Rogers scored a 9.750. The Huskies' three junior leaders followed and all three put up big scores, with Bogart receiving a 9.725, Linton scoring a 9.775 and Walior finishing the rotation with a 9.750. UW took back the lead after the fourth rotation, just ahead of Cal, which was the only other team to that point to complete three rotations.

UW would get another bye in the next rotation before their final rotation on vault, where they finished the night with a bang, scoring a 48.825. Cline led the way with a 9.800 and three Huskies scored 9.775, including Akaogi, Bogart and Rogers. Cain also added a 9.700 and Engreitz rounded things out with a 9.600.

The Huskies now get a week off and wait to find out where they will head for NCAA Regionals, which take place April 10.

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