SEATTLE – It was a record setting night for senior Aliza Vaccher as her last regular season competition with the Washington Huskies came to a close. The senior posted a career-high all-around score of a 39.425 leading UW to a second place finish with a team total of 195.375, their highest score since Feb. 16 when they hosted UCLA.
“Aliza’s performance tonight was amazing for our team. She has been such an amazing leader all year even though it has been hard on a team with so many young girls,” head coach Joanne Bowers said.
The night ended on an amazing note with a beautifully executed floor routine from Vaccher who tied her career-high score with a 9.925. It was just one of many memorable moments from her night, including a 9.875 vault.
“I was so so proud of her getting her career high tonight in the all-around. She works hard day in and day out in the gym and it was only a matter of time before she had a scored like the one she had tonight. It was such a perfect night for her senior night, we are going to miss her so much next year.”
The Huskies beat out their cross-town foes from Seattle Pacific for the second time this season. The Falcons finished with a 193.125. Both Seattle squads finished behind No. 12 Oregon State Beavers who scored a 196.250.
"I was really glad that our team had the ability to come home and have such a good meet before heading out to Pac-12s. It was really important for us to be able to get out there and do what we know we can do. We really got after it at practice this week and I think that that showed. It was a great night for us," Bowers added.
Sophomore Allison Northey also had a stellar all-around performance with a 39.250. Her vault was the only score below a 9.800, with a 9.750. She scored 9.850s on both bars and floor and rounded out her scores with a solid 9.800 on beam. Her 9.850 on floor set a new career-high.
But even after her amazing performance, she wanted all of the focus on her senior teammate.
“I was so proud of Aliza tonight,” Northey said. “She did such an amazing job on all four events and her floor routine was the best I’ve ever seen her do.”
The night also saw freshman Janae Janik back in the bar line-up after injuring her foot two weeks ago at Utah. She did not compete during the road-trip to Brigham Young, but came back with vengeance this week scoring a 9.850 on the event.
Fellow freshman Kaitlyn Duranczyk also had a big night on the bars scoring a career-high 9.775 that provided an excellent start for the Huskies in the second rotation. The Huskies great bar sets didn’t stop there, Sheridan Metcalf nailed her routine for a 9.800.
There was yet another come back story at the meet from junior McKenzie Fechter who made her first appearance in the floor line-up since last spring. After battling back from injuries she put up an amazing 9.700 score after only training her routine for the past week.
The two other GymDawg juniors were also not to be ignored. Madison Podlucky had a great showing scoring a huge 9.775 on vault and a 9.725 on floor. Jackie McCartin as usual wowed the judges on bars and beam scoring 9.800 and 9.850 respectively.
Freshman Alexandra Yacalis also had a great night hitting a gorgeous vault for 9.775 and a fantastic floor routine that added 9.850 to the team total.
Up next for the Huskies is a second trip down to Berkeley to take on the extremely strong Pac-12 field on Sat., Mar. 22. There they will aim to gain momentum heading towards NCAA Regionals, which they will host on April 5 at 4:00 p.m.