Season High Set Again As GymDawgs Continue To Improve

March 12, 2010

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NORMAN, Okla. - After showing glimpses of their potential throughout the first half of the 2010 season, the No. 25 Washington gymnastics squad appears to be peaking at the right time.

The Huskies scored a season-best for the second straight week and the fourth time in five weeks, scoring an impressive 195.800 in a loss to No. 2 Oklahoma on Friday, which scored 196.900 a week after posting the nation's highest score of the year.

The Huskies tied season highs on three of the four events, recording a 49.025 on floor, a 49.000 on vault and a 49.850 on beam. They also scored well on bars with their third-highest score of the season, a 48.925.

Hatsune Akaogi finished second in the all-around with 38.975 and Lauren Rogers competed in her first all-around of the year, finishing third with 38.500. Kristen Linton tied for second on floor with a 9.875, a season-best for UW on the event this year and a career best for the junior. Samantha Walior, meanwhile, tied for third on beam with a season-high tying 9.850.

The Huskies started on bars where they were solid across the board, led by Ruby Engreitz and Samantha Walior, who each scored 9.800. A trio of Huskies was right behind them as Rogers, Amanda Cline and Akaogi each scored 9.775.

UW then moved on to vault where they were again very consistent. Rogers and Bogart tied for tops on the squad with matching scores of 9.825. Cline was right behind with a 9.800 while Akaogi and Karen Cain scored 9.775 each, the latter of which was a career high for the junior. Ruby Engreitz was also solid with a 9.675.

The GymDawgs then nailed their performances on floor, with all six competitors hitting their routines. Linton was outstanding with her career-high 9.875, the best for a Husky on floor this year. Walior was steady as always with a 9.825 as was Rogers with a 9.800. Akaogi, Bogart and Cline rounded things out with scores of 9.775, 9.750 and 9.725, respectively.

The Dawgs ended the night on beam where they continued to hit solid routines. Walior tied her season best with a 9.850 to lead the way, with Linton and freshman Paige Bixler scoring 9.800 each, both of which were season highs. Bogart scored a solid 9.750 to help the Huskies score their season high of 48.850 for the third time in four weeks.

'We had a really good meet tonight. I love the way the girls are competing. We're taking good strides and improving every week,' Washington head coach Joanne Bowers said. 'Our goal was to peak at Pac-10 and Regionals and it's looking good right now. This will help us move up in the rankings too. We had some really good performances, with Samantha and Ruby doing a great job on bars. Haley, Lauren and Amanda all did really well on vault and Sam, Kristen and Paige did really well on beam. Everyone hit on floor tonight, and Kris had just a great floor routine. It was nice getting Lauren Rogers back in the lineup and Ruby back in the bars lineup. We're just trucking right along and I like the way we're moving forward and improving.'

The Huskies wrap up their regular season next week on the road, but they don't have to travel far. The Huskies take on their cross-town rival Seattle Pacific at Royal Brougham Pavilion on Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

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