SEATTLE – Saturday evening, the University of Washington gymnastics team hosted their first quad meet of the 2014 season against Arizona State, San Jose State and UC Davis. The Huskies placed second in the team competition with a 194.8252 behind the ASU Sun Devils who had a 195.900.
Senior Aliza Vaccher unsurprisingly led Washington. She tied her career-high all-around score of 39.275, which earned her the first place finish.
“It’s always really positive to get out there and do better than you did the last time,” Vaccher said. “We wish that the overall score had been a little better, but it was good too because it was a good meet. We fought for it the whole time.”
The two juniors both tied personal records, McCartin on the uneven bars and Podlucky on floor. McCartin’s 9.875 matched her performance last March versus Brigham Young and Seattle Pacific. Podlucky’s 9.800 ties the mark that she set for herself earlier this week versus no. 20 Minnesota.
“I think the biggest thing for us is that we know how good we are,” Podlucky said. “We still have mistakes, but we’re doing better than we did last year. If everyone just works hard and steps up a little bit in the gym than we could be scoring in the mid-196 range right now. And personally, I like getting those 9.8s, but I want to be getting 9.9s. It’s all about the little detail work, and I think we’re all going to put that in.”
Metcalf also tied a personal record on bars with a 9.850.
Throughout the meet, the SJSU Spartans did their best to win the second spot out from under UW, but they could never quite capitalize on some stellar performances, including a 9.900 on vault from Bekah Gher to win the event.
“Our kids showed a lot of fight, today,” head coach Joanne Bowers said. “They fought through to finish a lot of skills that they didn’t necessarily hit. That is going to serve us so well later on in the season. I love where we’re at.”
The Huskies will return to action next week, still in Seattle but visiting cross-town rival Seattle Pacific. The meet is next Friday at Broughman Pavilion beginning at 7:00 pm PT.