Husky Gymnastics: The Year In Pictures

May 13, 2010

SEATTLE - The Washington gymnastics squad completed one of their best seasons in recent memory last month, culminating with juniors Kristen Linton and Samantha Walior competing in the NCAA Championships in Florida.

The Huskies, who finished the season ranked No. 23 in the national rankings, finishing fifth at the Pac-10 Championships and fifth at the NCAA Regionals, their fourth consecutive appearance at Regionals.

At that meet in Salt Lake City, Linton and Walior became UW's first Regional Champions since 2004 after both scored a 9.900 on floor. They went on to compete in Gainesville, Fla., at the national meet, the first time more than one Husky has advanced to nationals since 2003.

On top of juniors Linton, Walior and Haley Bogart having big years, the Huskies also saw outstanding contributions from sophomore Hatsune Akaogi, who won five events during the season. Fellow sophomores Amanda Cline and Ruby Engreitz also had solid seasons, each winning one event.

The UW freshman class also showed flashes of brilliance throughout their rookie campaigns. Paige Bixler had a season-high for UW on beam with a 9.925, the highest score ever for a UW freshman on the apparatus. Lauren Rogers won two events during the season and came on strong down the stretch, while Phoebe Tham also showed great promise on bars.

UW will lose just one competitor from the 2010 squad, junior Karen Cain who will graduate after just three years and enter the prestigious Teach for America program.

To watch a summary of the 2010 season in photos, click here.

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