SEATTLE -- For the second straight week, the No. 24 Washington Gymnastics team has set a new high team total scoring a 196.200 on Saturday evening versus the 12th-ranked Stanford Cardinal. It was the first time the team has scored over a 196.000 so far this season. Stanford ended up taking home first place as a team by less than a point with a 196.825.
The UW all-arounders senior Aliza Vaccher and sophomore Allison Northey tied for second both scoring a 39.275. That score tied Vaccher’s season high and set a new season high for Northey. Freshman Janae Janik also saw a solid all-around meet scoring a 39.125 a career high and her first time scoring above a 39.000 as a Husky.
“We’re really competing against ourselves and trying to get better and improve. That’s what we talk about all the time. And we’re getting better. It’s nice when we start putting four events together, when you can start building on scores. I thought our girls came out with great energy even though some of them were feeling sick all week. We did a great job,” head coach Joanne Bowers said. “With our young team if we are coming out every week and learning to compete better and better, we are going to peak at the right time.”
All said and done, the team set new season highs on vault (48.875), beam (49.075) and floor (49.300).
The GymDawgs were back to starting on vault this week, but it did not phase them. Northey stuck a 9.850 for her highest score on the event of the season and freshman Alexandra Yacalis hit a strong vault for a 9.875. These two standout performances led to the UW's highest score on the event this year, a 48.875 total.
On bars, the Huskies' performance was highlighted by a 9.850 from sophomore Sheridan Metcalf that tied her season high and was just .025 off of her career high. Once again, Vaccher proved her veteran status and also had a solid beam routine, which scored a 9.825 towards the team's total of 48.950 on the event.
Washington had another stellar rotation on beam this week breaking their season high for the second week in a row, this time with a total of 49.075. The Huskies counted five scores all 9.800 or above for the first time this season. The team high 9.850 came from Northey that tied her career and season highs.
Without a doubt the most exciting performance of the evening came from Vaccher on floor, who was near flawless and scored a 9.900, a season high individual score for the team. But she was not alone in hitting her floor routine. Junior Madison Podlucky nailed her routine for a career high 9.875 and Yacalis also posted a 9.875, her second of the night, which set a new career high for the freshman.
Stanford’s score was their second highest of the season, and the team was led by their single all-arounder Kristina Vaculik who counted three scores of a 9.900 or higher, the fourth a 9.850 on vault. With an amazing total of 39.600, Vaculik beat out the two UW stars to win the all-around title.
“I would be worried if we got here and got complacent,” Bowers added. “But we’re not complacent. There isn’t one girl out there who is. If you watch how hard they work every day in practice and what they are trying to do you would be amazed. We take every lesson we are learning and every chance we get in competition to grow. I was very pleased with how we performed as a team tonight.”
Up next for the Huskies is another home meet, this time hosting the No. 9 Bruins of UCLA next Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena for their annual Alumni Weekend. The meet will be broadcast live by the Pac-12 network.
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