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Purple Tops Gold In First Head-To-Head Intrasquad
Release: 12/07/2012
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Dec. 7, 2012

SEATTLE - The annual GymDawgs Intrasquad meet took a different twist this season in a new head-to-head format as the Huskies were split into a Purple team and a Gold team. With seven celebrity judges picking the winners, the Purple team came out on top 10-8 at Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday night.

"I thought this Intrasquad meet was the most prepared we have ever been at this point of the season," said head coach Joanne Bowers. "The team did very well. We still had some nerves and mistakes, it's early, but for the most part the team competed well and with a lot of energy. We had really good focus. We have great leadership with our seniors and its enabled everyone to step up this year. It was so nice to see what our freshmen could do on the main floor. We learned a lot tonight and it was a good first step. If we continue to work as hard as we have all fall we will be in great shape come Jan."

The seven celebrity judges were: former Husky gymnasts Kristen Linton, Haley Bogart and Ruby Engreitz, Associate Athletic Director for Student Development Kim Durand, Assistant A.D. for Compliance Kyle Pifer, head baseball coach Lindsay Meggs and head men's golf coach Matt Thurmond.

"I want to say a big Thank You to our celebrity judges," Bowers added. "I think they made the whole event so much more fun for our fans and our team. They were incredible. It was nice to be able to mix it up and have this type of atmosphere in our gym."

The Purple team consisted of seniors Paige Bixler and Phoebe Tham, junior Aliza Vaccher, sophomore Madison Podlucky and freshmen Allison Northey and Sheridan Metcalf.

The Gold team was led by seniors Lauren Rogers, Megan Whitney and Kylie Sharp, sophomores McKenzie Fechter and Jackie McCartin and freshmen Kiersten Graber and Eliza Barach.

One gymnast from each team would perform her routine on a specific event and then the judges would select the winner. The teams alternated on vault and bars and then switched to beam and floor.

Purple took an early 2-1 lead with points won by Northey and Tham on vault and bars. Purple was up by as many as two points throughout the first two rotations but the Gold team fought back to tie at 4-4 heading into the third rotation. Graber gave the Gold team the point on bars to earn the tie.

Tied at 7-7 after a beam routine won by McCartin, Purple won the next two points on floor and beam with help from Podlucky and Tham. Northey won her floor point to get within one and with just one routine left Gold could've tied the meet but Vaccher won her beam routine to give Purple the two-point victory.

No official scores were recorded due to exhibition rules. The first official meet of the 2013 season for the GymDawgs is Jan. 12, 2013 at Minnesota.

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