March 15, 2013
GymDawgs, 1st, 196.625
BYU - 195.250
SPU - 193.150
SEATTLE - The night couldn't have gone any better for the GymDawgs as they said goodbye to five seniors in their home finale Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. Not only did all five seniors post huge scores on their events, but the GymDawgs posted a 196.625, the highest score for a Husky team since the modern scoring era (2005).
BYU finished second with a 195.250 and Seattle Pacific was third with a 193.150, respectively.
Paige Bixler, Lauren Rogers, Kylie Sharp, Phoebe Tham and Megan Whitney all performed in front of the home crowd for the last time.
Rogers (Plains, Pa.) won the floor with a new career-high 9.900. She finished second in the all-around with a 39.275 and tied for third on vault (9.850).
Whitney (Mesa, Ariz.) tied her career-high on vault for the second-straight week with a 9.900 to win the event.
"It feels great," said Whitney on winning the vault. "It was really nice because I've been doing better on vault in practice, and it just feels really good when you can show what you've been practicing when the pressure is on."
Bixler (Rowlett, Texas) tied for first on beam with a new season-high of 9.85. She tied teammates Aliza Vaccher (Eugene, Ore.) and McKenzie Fechter (Mequon, Wis.) The mark tied a career-high for Fechter and a season-high for Vaccher.
Bixler also tied a career-high on floor with a 9.875 to tie for third with Fechter who set a new career-best.
Fellow seniors Tham (Vancouver, B.C.) and Sharp (Herriman, Utah) also posted solid scores on bars, beam and floor.
"It's hard to even collect my thoughts because it's kind of a bittersweet night," said head coach Joanne Bowers. "I'm so excited for our five seniors. They have been amazing leaders, people, and contributors to our program for the last four years and I'm so happy for them and proud of them for tonight. I think our team stepped up too because everyone wanted to have a nice night for them. I'm glad it's not our last meet--it's our last home meet but I'm very glad it's not our last meet."
Freshman Allison Northey (Sammamish, Wash.) set career-highs on vault (9.875), bars (9.850), floor (9.775) and the all-around (39.300). She won the all-around for the first time as a collegiate, placed second on vault, tied for third on bars and was fourth on beam.
"It's really exciting," said Northey on winning the all-around. "It shows how much I've improved over the season so it was exciting and a confidence booster."
Nearly every gymnast set at least a season-high on the night. Freshman Jackie McCartin had a career-best of 9.875 on bars.
Washington set team season-highs on three of the four events with a 49.125 on vault, a 49.200 on bars and a 49.250 on floor. It was the first time all year the Huskies went 49+ on all four events in one meet.
"It's been an amazing road, but it's not over yet," said Rogers after the senior night ceremony.
Washington heads to the Pac-12 Championships next week at Oregon State on March 23. The meet will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.