GymDawgs Win Vault And Bars, But Fall To Denver In Regular-Season Finale
March 15, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 28 GymDawgs won the vault and the bars in two strong rotations, but fell to the No. 33 Denver Pioneers on Senior Day on Sunday in Bank of America Arena.
Freshman Amanda Cline earned her first event title of the season on vault and sophomore Samantha Walior picked up her first title on uneven bars to lift the Huskies to wins on those two events. Haley Bogart and Walior also tied for first on beam, but the GymDawgs were unable to win the event as a team.
The Huskies started the day on vault, with Ruby Engreitz scoring a career-best 9.800. Fellow freshman Hatsune Akaogi put up a 9.725, followed by sophomore Bogart with a 9.825, narrowly missing a season-highest score and tying for third. Cline recorded a career-best 9.875 on the vault, tying for her first event title of the season and senior Ashley Houghting anchored the Dawgs with a 9.825, tying with teammate Bogart for third in the event. As a team, Washington scored a 49.050, breaking the 49-point mark on vault for the fourth time this season. The Huskies led the Pioneers 49.050-48.750 after the first rotation.
In the second rotation, Washington headed over to the bars, where sophomore Karen Cain notched a 9.725 to kick things off for the Dawgs. Engreitz lifted her up with a 9.750 and classmate Akaogi scored a 9.725. Walior tied her career-high with a season-best 9.875 to win the event and classmate Kristen Linton anchored the Huskies with a 9.800. The Huskies tallied their second highest score of the season with a 48.875. After two rotations, Washington was ahead of Denver, 97.925-97.625.
Washington faltered in the third rotation on beam. Senior Kelly Gilbert started it off for the Dawgs, scoring a 9.775. Akaogi put up a 9.725 and was followed by classmate Anna Epps, who fell, but scored a 9.175. Sophomores Bogart and Walior each put up a 9.850 to tie for first in the event and close out the rotation for the Huskies. In the third rotation, Washington totaled a 48.375, giving the Huskies a running total of 146.300. Denver broke a 49 on floor, pulling ahead of the Huskies, 146.650-146.300.
In the final rotation, Cain came out strong for Washington, tying her season-best of 9.750. Engreitz put up a career-best 9.625 and fellow freshman Akaogi scored a 9.725. Bogart tallied a 9.800 to take third place and Walior anchored the team with a team-best 9.825, good enough for second place. As a team, the Huskies earned a 48.725 on the floor and finished with a final score of 195.025.
Akaogi was the sole all-arounder for Washington, scoring a 38.900 to take second.
'I thought we started off the meet really strong on vault,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'Then we went to bars and had five people hit strong bar routines. I thought we were on a roll. Beam has been a good event for us this year, but we ended up having to count a fall, which really hurt us. Then we went to floor and we didn't have to count a fall, but we didn't have our best floor outing of the season. I was really excited for Amanda, a freshman, to win vault. I was very excited for Sam to win bars. So some new things happened this meet that were really exciting.'
'Ashley has two sprained ankles, but she taped up as strong as she could to help us out on vault because we have no depth there,' added Bowers. 'That really helped us because we got to count her 9.825 and I know she sucked it up and went and we needed that. We'll appreciate that forever. And then Kris Linton's back's been bothering her, so she's just done a tiny little bit this week top get ready for the weekend. Her 9.8 on bars was great and it really helped us out. I really appreciate it that she was able to go out there. Haley and Sam and Hatsune and Karen being so consistent really helped us out, especially under the circumstances. We also used this meet as a practice for a few of the freshmen, who might have to go next week at Pac-10s.'
'Saying goodbye to those seniors is tough and I thought a lot of our girls were trying very, very hard to send them out with a good score and I thought they all stepped it up a little bit more, which helped us out,' Bowers concluded. 'But we really wanted to win this one.'
Washington heads down to Palo Alto, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championship next Saturday, March 21. After that, the Huskies will host the NCAA West Regional on April 4 in Bank of America Arena. For the complete schedule, results and NCAA Regional ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.