April 19, 2013
WASHINGTON AT NCAA NATIONALS
Friday, April 19 | UCLA
Lauren Rogers - 11th AA
LOS ANGELES - Senior Lauren Rogers couldn't have represented the UW any better at NCAA Nationals at UCLA on Friday night, ending her four-year career. The Plains, Pa., native posted a 39.125 in session two in the all-around to place 11th.
It was the best score by a Husky at Nationals in the AA since Husky All-American Klara Kudilkova placed third in 1998 with a 39.550.
"It was a really great experience," said Rogers. "I'm glad that's how I got to end my career. I had a mistake on beam, but otherwise I was pretty solid so I'm happy. It's surreal that it is over but I'm excited that I got to finish my senior year strong."
Rogers competed with Alabama which advanced to the Super Six team finals with Oklahoma and UCLA. Florida, LSU and Georgia advanced from session one.
Rogers posted solid scores on three of the four events with her best finish, 14th, on vault (9.850). Rogers went 9.850 on floor for 16th, 9.800 on bars and 9.625 on beam.
With a tie for second at the Norman Regionals, Rogers earned the automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. She became the seventh individual to compete at Nationals under head coach Joanne Bowers.
"She handled herself with such class and poise," said Bowers. "She did what she does best; she competed. We are all very proud of her."
The NCAA Super Six team finals are Saturday and Individual Event Finals will be Sunday. UCLA will have live video and stats both days.