Husky Gymnasts Host Cal on Friday

Feb. 15, 2006

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The Meet: The 31st-ranked Washington gymnastics team (3-10 overall, 1-7 Pac-10) hosts their fourth home meet of the season at Bank of America Arena on Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m. The Huskies host California (3-7 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) who they competed against in Hawaii earlier this season. Live scoring of the meet will be available for free on www.gohuskies.com and live video streaming is available for those fans who purchase a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. Former Husky gymnast Carly Dockendorf will be providing commentary on the live video stream.

Series History: The Huskies are 60-12 all-time against the California Golden Bears. The teams last met on January 3, 2006 in Kailua, Hawaii at the Hawaiian Classic. The Huskies came in fourth with a score of 190.425 while the Bears came in fifth scoring a 189.350. The Dawgs also defeated California twice last season once at California and once at Bank of America Arena at the Pac-10 Championship Meet. The last time the Golden Bears came out on top of the Dawgs was February 21, 2003 in Berkeley.

Last Week: The Dawgs were busy last weekend as they traveled to Utah to face the Utah State Aggies and the Texas Woman's Pioneers on Friday before heading to California to face UCLA for the third time this year. The ladies had a tough meet in Utah coming in third and posting their lowest score of the season (190.325), but they made a comeback in California where they posted a 193.200, their second highest score of the year. In Logan, Utah freshman Ashley Houghting set a career-high 9.925 on vault to bring home her fifth title, and senior Kelly McDonald tied for first on bars (9.825) to bring home her fifth win of the year. In L.A. Houghting delivered once more posting a 9.900 on vault to tie for first, raking in her sixth title in the last seven meets.

Scouting the Bears: California is ranked 40th nationally in the latest GymInfo poll. The Bears' average team score this year is 191.008 compared to the Huskies' 191.789. Like the Huskies, Cal only has one senior, Britani Pittullo, on its roster. The Bears have an astonishing 10 freshman to form their 2009 class, led by all-arounder Jessica Kelly, who averages a 38.912. Cal is guided by Head Coach Cari DuBois, who is in her fourth season at the helm for the Bears.

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