Feb. 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES -The 25th-ranked Washington gymnastics team posted its second-best team score of the year with a 195.950, and finished second at the Power of Pink meet Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion.
Meet host and fourth-ranked UCLA won the four-team meet with a score of 196.950. UC Davis (194.675) was third and Sacramento State (193.925) finished fourth.
"I thought our team competed beautifully today," said head coach Joanne Bowers. "We started off so strong on bars, then went to beam and did an excellent job. We went to floor and even though we didn't have to count a fall, we had a couple people with some weak middle passes that normally score a tenth or two higher each. I feel like we were easily within our range of scoring 49 on floor. We finished very strong on vault, and we are so close to our 196 on the road which is what we were shooting for."
UW senior Lauren Rogers finished third in the all-around with a total of 39.100. Rogers was the only Husky to compete in all four events Sunday. UCLA's Vanessa Zamarripa won three of the four individual events (all but beam) and took the all-around with a score of 39.625.
The Huskies began the meet on bars and, after the first rotation, trailed UCLA by only .175 of a point (49.300 to 49.125). None of the six UW bars performers scored under a 9.75, and seniors Phoebe Tham and Rogers led the way with 9.85s, good for a tie for third in the meet and a new season-best for Rogers.
On their second rotation, the Huskies also turned in a strong performance on the balance beam, posting their second best team score of season at 49.025. Senior Paige Bixler was the UW's top scorer on beam, notching a 9.85, her best score of 2013 and good for a tie for third in the meet. Allison Northey and Jackie McMartin each posted a 9.825 on beam.
Washington had its third best total of the year on its third rotation, floor exercise, recording a team total of 48.850, led by a 9.85 from junior Aliza Vaccher.
In its final rotation of the night, the vault, Washington was led by a career-best 9.875 from Northey, a freshman from Sammamish. That score was good for third, while the Huskies' team total of 48.950 was the UW's second-highest of the season, just shy of the 48.975 scored earlier this season. Freshmen Sheridan Metcalf and Kiersten Graber both posted a 9.75 to set new season-highs.
Next up for Washington is a home meet vs. No. 7 Utah Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. The meet will start at 7:00 p.m. and air on the Pac-12 Networks.