SEATTLE – Despite struggles through a normally extremely strong beam line-up, the No. 21 University of Washington Huskies were able to finish the meet with a win against Seattle Pacific. The final team scores were 193.925 for the Dawgs and 193.425 for the Falcons.
“We just lost our mental focus. We went into beam feeling really good about the meet. We thought we had it, since we are such a strong beam team normally,” head coach Joanne Bowers said. “There were some bright spots in the first three rotations, we really did. We just have to get back in the gym and focus on what we always do.”
The first rotation was a great start for the Huskies. It was the first time they did not begin on vault but instead on bars, and their confidence showed. Four of the six Dawgs stuck their landing and the team only counted one score under 9.8, a 9.75 from senior Aliza Vaccher. Junior Jackie McCartin scored a 9.850 which won her the event title for the meet. The team score for the event was 49.025.
Rotation two saw the UW tally its highest vault total of the season, with a 48.675. The vault scores were led by two 9.8s from sophomore Allison Northey and freshman Alexandra Yacalis, individual season highs for both gymnasts, and a new career high for Yacalis. The two shared first place with Maria Hundley from SPU.
On the floor exercise, Northey, who set a career high with a 9.825, again highlighted the Huskies’ performance along with Vaccher.
Vaccher showed her senior leadership once again and won the all-around title for the second straight meet, this time with a score of 39.225. She also took top honors on beam (9.850) and floor (9.875).
“We are a lot better team than this score shows,” Vaccher said. “We are just going to have to get back in the gym next week and work even harder before Arizona next weekend.”
This win extends UW’s winning streak over SPU to 18 straight, making the all time record 73-3.
Next up for the GymDawgs is a road trip next Saturday to take on the Arizona Wildcats at 3:00 pm PT in Tucson, Ariz.
1. Washington, 193.925
2. Seattle Pacific, 193.425