Husky Gymnasts Finish Home Slate Versus OSU and SPU

March 1, 2006

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The Meet: The 37th-ranked Washington gymnastics team (4-11 overall, 2-8 Pac-10) wrap up their home schedule on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The Dawgs will face 16th-ranked Oregon State (10-6, 4-4) and cross town rival Seattle Pacific University (3-7) at Bank of America Arena. 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. The meet will also be aired on tape-delay by FSN Northwest on March 13 at 7 p.m, March 17 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m., and March 18 at 1 p.m.

Senior Salute: Friday night's meet at Bank of America Arena marks the final home appearance of Kelly McDonald. The local product is a graduate of Roosevelt High School and has been a four-year letterwinner for the Huskies. She has 21 career individual event titles, making her the 13th Husky to garner 20 or more titles during their career. McDonald holds the UW freshman record for all-around with a 39.675. She is one of four Huskies to ever score a 10 on vault and her career-best all-around score of 39.825 is the second-best in school history.

Series History (Oregon State): The Huskies are 26-78 all-time against the Oregon State Beavers. Washington and OSU last met earlier this year on January 3, 2006 in Kailua, Hawaii at the Hawaiian Classic. The Beavers came in second, only after UCLA, while the Huskies came in fourth. The Huskies will face the Beavers two more times this season, heading down to Corvalis on March 17 and back to Corvalis on March 25 for the Pac-10 Championships. The Dawgs have a seven meet losing streatk with the Beavers and the last time the Huskies beat OSU at home was on February 28, 2003.

Series History (Seattle Pacific): The GymDawgs last met SPU on January 27, 2006 at Bank of America Arena where the Huskies defeated the Falcons 191.525-190.225. Washington is 59-3 all-time against SPU, the Dawgs' cross town rivals.

Last Week: UW headed to Stanford where the Cardinal posted a 196.375 to top the Huskies' 189.600. The Huskies were undermanned again due to injuries. They competed without freshman All-Arounder Ashley Houghting while she stayed home in Seattle nursing a back injury, along with five other injured Huskies. Chelsea Bakken, normally an All-Arounder for the Huskies was only able to compete on bars and beam for the Huskies due to a knee injury. Freshman Kristen Omori stepped up for the Dawgs and competed All-Around for the first time this season and scored a 37.925.

Scouting the Beavers: The 16th-ranked Beavers are coming off their best performance of the year at Arizona State's UNO's Classic, where the Beavers posted a season-best 195.550 despite the absence of freshman all-arounder Tasha Smith and sophomore Yuki Lamb. OSU's beam and floor teams are ranked 13th nationally.

Scouting the Falcons: The 51st-ranked Falcons are coming off a 191.025-177.275 win over Air Force last Friday. Jaynie Reynolds finished first on vault and floor exercise en route to winning the all-around. Reynolds accumulated a season-high 38.800. SPU is beginning a stretch of four road meets.

NCAA Streak On The Line: Washington has never missed qualifying for an NCAA Regional in the 31 year history of the gymnastics program dating back to 1975. That streak is in peril as the Huskies are currently not qualified for a team berth based on their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The top 18 schools automatically qualify for regional bids and the next three from each region gain bids. Currently, UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State are the only schools from the West Region that have automatic bids since they are ranked in the top 18. The top three remaining teams from the West Region are San Jose State (192.925), Sacramento State (192.135) and Boise State (192.090). Washington is just behind Boise State with a 191.760

Running With the Pac: Several Huskies find themselves in the Pac-10's Top Ten rankings. Kristen Omori and Kelly McDonald are the only Dawgs on multiple lists. McDonald is fifth on bars (9.850) and sixth on beam (9.835). Omori is 10th on floor (9.790) and ninth on vault (9.825). Ashley Houghting is the only other Husky cracking a Top Ten list, tied for first in the Pac-10 and No. 6 nationally on vault with a 9.895 average.

Rough Schedule: Ten of the Huskies 11 losses this season have come against teams currently ranked in the Top-25: Utah (3rd), three times UCLA (8th), Stanford (12th), Arizona (14th), Arizona State (15th), Oregon State (16th), Arkansas (20th) and Utah State (24th). The Huskies still have re-matches against OSU and Arkansas on their schedule.

Walking Wounded: Injuries have wreaked havoc on the Husky lineup this season. The latest Dawg to miss action was Ashley Houghting, who missed the Stanford meet to nurse a sore back. Chelsea Bakken has been limited the past two meets with a knee injury and sophomore Natalie Gillan is expected to return in a limited role after suffering a foot injury. In the absence of Houghting, Bakken and Gillan, freshman Kristen Omori and junior Tori Quandt competed all-around for the Huskies at Stanford. It was the first time for either of them to compete all-around for the Huskies. Nicole Waiss, Julie Medeiros, Raimey Iselin and Brittney Brabec will all miss the rest of the season with various injuries. Medeiros' gymnastics career is over as she will be forced to retire due to foot problems.

Fabulous Freshmen: The five person freshman class for the Huskies are definitely being counted on heavily this year. Ashley Houghting has competed all-around five times, and is currently ranked sixth nationally on vault. She has won vault seven times and was the first Husky since Kelly McDonald in 2003 to win an event in her collegiate debut. Kristen Omori won floor versus Cal, her first individual title. She is averaging a 9.790 on floor (51st nationally) and a 9.825 (T-42nd) on vault. Kelly Gilbert has become a regular on both beam and floor, scoring seven 9.7's or better this year. Walk-ons Emily Epsten and Katie Boyko have each seen action on the vault. Epsten set a career high at UCLA with a 9.8 and Boyko has scored a 9.5 or better seven times.

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