“I feel like for the first three events we did a pretty good job. Going in to vault last after having a couple of pretty good days of practice on vault this week, we were expecting to have the best put together four-event meet of the season,” head coach Joanne Bowers said. “It was very disappointing to see that we couldn’t finish out the meet and that we did a very poor job on vault, as a vault team. Not just one or two people, but as a vault team we couldn’t close out the meet on a good note.”
The GymDawgs started the meet off on the uneven bars, which featured another great performance from Jackie McCartin who led the team with a 9.825, which earned her a tie for second place in the event. Senior Aliza Vaccher was right behind her with a 9.800, tied for third.
When the Huskies moved on to beam they got their feet under them. Freshman Janae Janik led the team with an amazing routine that earned her a 9.875 and a tie for the second place finish. Vaccher and McCartin also had solid performances in the rotation with 9.800 and 9.825 respectively. Junior McKenzie Fechter and sophomore Allison Northey both tallied 9.750s to get the team to a 49.00 event total.
On floor, the UW once again broke the 49-mark with an even total of 49.075. Vaccher took her turn leading the team for this rotation with a 9.875, which earned her second in the event standings, and contributed largely to her all-around total of 39.225 in which she also placed second. The GymDawgs had two other scores over 9.800: two 9.850s from Janik and fellow freshman Alex Yacalis.
The last rotation saw trouble for the GymDawgs. Over the past few weeks the team had been showing vast improvement on vault from the beginning of the season once again struggled to find their groove in the event. The two team-highs were a pair of 9.750s from Vaccher and Yacalis.
In the all-around, Janik finished with a 38.650 after struggling on vault and Northey ended with a 38.800 after tallying another 9.750 on bars, a 9.725 on floor and a 9.575 on vault that put her in at fifth.
“We can’t keep using it as an excuse that we have six freshman and that we’ve got some people out hurt, and we talked about that after as a team. We’re at the point now where we’re expecting them to hit and they need to expect to hit. We’re going to get rid of all of the excuses and we’re going to do our job,” Bowers finished.
Next up Washington will head to Salt Lake City to take on the fourth-ranked Utes of Utah on Fri., Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m. PT. The meet will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.