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GymDawgs Celebrate 2013 Season
Release: 05/06/2013
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May 6, 2013

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SEATTLE - The 2013 season was another great one for the Washington gymnastics team and the GymDawgs, coaches, family, friends and staff gathered to celebrate their successes on Sunday at Ivar's Salmon House.

Senior Lauren Rogers (Plains, Pa.) took home a lot of the awards having an outstanding year advancing to NCAA Nationals in the all-around for the first time in her career. For the second year in a row Rogers was named Top Dawg (MVP) of the team. She also earned the coaches awards for In Competition and In Life.

Rogers, along with senior Paige Bixler (Rowlett, Texas) earned the captains awards for being co-captains all season.

Bixler was also named the Event Specialist of the Year with fellow seniors Phoebe Tham (North Vancouver, B.C.) earning Most Improved and Kylie Sharp (Herriman, Utah) earning Most Inspirational.

All five seniors were huge components to the 2013 team and anyone who watched a meet would know that but it was also proved at the banquet as each of them received special awards. Megan Whitney (Mesa, Ariz.) earned the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete Award for the highest cumulative GPA by a graduating senior with a 3.84.

Sophomore Jackie McCartin (West Covina, Calif.) was honored for winning the Academic Achievement Award amongst all student-athletes at Washington for being the most improved scholar-athlete.

Freshman Allison Northey (Sammamish, Wash.) was named the Newcomer of the Year. Northey was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times during the season and competed in the all-around at several meets.

The five seniors created their own awards for each of the underclassmen such as the Blonde Award (Kiersten Graber), Most Likely to Have an insect Named After Her (Northey), Most Likely to Eat Weird Food (McCartin), Most Dedicated to her Cats (Madison Podlucky), Most Likely to Win the Lottery but Lose the Ticket (Aliza Vaccher), Most Swag Award (Sheridan Metcalf) and Most Likely to be the next Shaun T (McKenzie Fechter).

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