BERKELEY, Calif. -- The University of Washington Huskies scored a 195.125 at the Pac-12 Championships to lock in their spot at the NCAA Regional Championships that they will host on April 5 at 4:00 p.m. PT. To make the result even sweeter, senior Aliza Vaccher scored a career-high 9.95 on vault that earned her the title of Pac-12 Vault Co-Champion.
Vaccher is the first UW Pac-12 vault champion since 2007 when Ashley Houghting also tied for first with a 9.950.
“I was so proud of Aliza tonight. It means so much to the team and to her as an individual that she has a Pac-12 Championship under her belt. That vault was absolutely gorgeous and she definitely deserved it,” head coach Joanne Bowers said.
Sophomore Allison Northey joined Vaccher in the all-around competition and provided many highlights for the GymDawgs. Northey stuck her landings on vault, bars and beam and had a beautiful floor set. She tied her career-high all-around score with a 39.300 total after landing a 9.900 on beam for the first time in her career.
That 9.900 earned her a spot on the beam podium tied for second in the conference. One of the other six gymnasts to earn the same mark and a spot on the podium was fellow Husky, junior Jackie McCartin.
That mark on beam was McCartin’s highest score of the season and between the two UW 9.900s and a career-high 9.750 performance on the apparatus from freshman Alexandra Yacalis, Washington tallied its highest event total of the season, a 49.150.
Fellow freshman Janae Janik, who injured her foot during vault warm-ups at Utah, was back in the beam line-up after a three-week hiatus. She came back in a big way helping out the team with a solid 9.825.
This was the final rotation for the Huskies and their amazing performance, despite a misstep from Vaccher, was what really solidified their spot in the upcoming Regional meet.
“We really needed that rotation to just be out of this world and our girls stepped it up. We did what we know how to do and they killed it. It was such a relief,” Bowers added.
Beam wasn’t the only event that shined for McCartin, though. After starting off with some trouble on floor, McCartin bounced back in a huge way. Before earning her 9.900 on beam, she also earned a 9.900 to end the GymDawgs’ bar rotation.
The first rotation, on floor, for UW was not the strongest showing the team has had this season, but did see a 9.750 score from junior McKenzie Fechter a season-high and a promising showing from the specialist who has only been back on the event for two weeks.
Top honors for the weekend went to No. 5 Utah who took first with a 197.925, No. 10 Stanford came in second with 197.175 and No. 19 California rounded out the top three with 196.550.
Up next for the GymDawgs will be the ever important NCAA Regional Championship that they will host at Alaska Airlines Arena on April 5 at 4:00 p.m. PT. For ticket information you can visit gohuskies.com/tickets. The remaining five competitors will be announced on Monday, March 24 at noon PT.