Haley Bogart Earns a Trip to Athens
April 21, 2008
Meet #14: Haley Bogart at the 2008 NCAA Championships
Field... Top-12 teams, 12 Individual All-Around Qualifiers & Three Individual Event Qualifiers
Dates... Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, 2008
Time... Thursday: 1 p.m. (ET); Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m. (ET)
Internet... GeorgiaDogs.com (Live Results, Video & Interviews)
Site... Athens, Ga. (Stegeman Coliseum)
Freshman Haley Bogart will compete as an individual in the all-around competition at the 2008 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. She will pair up with LSU during the Session I on Thursday, April 24 at 1 p.m. (ET). Bogart and the Tiger team will begin with a bye and then start on floor in the second rotation. After vault, they will have another bye before closing out on bars and beam. To qualify for Saturday's event finals, Bogart will need to place in the top four on an event during Thursday's competition.
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Bogart is just the fifth Washington freshman to earn a solo spot at the NCAA Championships. She joins Tiffany Simpson, Jamie Stauffer, Yumi Morde and Dachelle Newton as Husky rookies who qualified for the NCAA All-Around competition at Nationals.
Bogart is the second Husky gymnast in as many years to earn a trip to Nationals. Last year, Chelsea Bakken scored a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, after finishing eighth in the all-around at the NCAA West Regional in Berkeley, Calif. Bakken, who graduated in 2007, was a first-time qualifier as a senior and finished 12th in her session and 26th overall in the all-around competition at the NCAA Championships.
Bogart was one of four Husky freshmen who did not waste any time in their transition to collegiate gymnastics. The four rookies combined for 33 top-3 finishes this season, including 12 against Seattle Pacific on March 14. Bogart collected four individual titles: two on vault (vs. Cal and Seattle Pacific) and two on beam (vs. Utah and at Oregon State).
The Huskies' regular season schedule was one of the toughest in the nation -- on the road and at home. Not only did Washington face off against the teams of the Pac-10, the GymDawgs also took on four non-conference foes who were ranked in the top-25 (the Huskies faced then-No. 2 Utah, No. 5 LSU, then-No. 15 Denver and then-No. 24 Illinois). The Pac-10 remained a tough conference from top to bottom, with three squads ranked in the top-10 throughout the season (currently: No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon State and No. 9 UCLA) and another two in the top-25 (No. 14 Arizona and No. 19 Arizona State).
Last Time Out
Bogart earned her way to Athens, Ga., where she will compete at the 2008 NCAA Championships, after finishing fourth in the all-around on April 12 at the NCAA West Regional. Bogart's performance highlighted a fourth-place finish for the Washington squad, who tallied 194.075. 'Knowing Haley, a freshman, is going to go to the NCAA Championships in the all-around is so exciting because she is one of the hardest working kids you've ever met in your life,' head coach Joanne Bowers said. 'She's struggling through ankle pain right now but she won't take herself out because she wants to go. She's improved her bars so much that she put herself in this position by hitting four good events. It's wonderful for our school, it will be great experience for her. She'll be able to come back as a sophomore and share this great experience. I couldn't be more excited.'
Haley Bogart Bio
Class: Freshman Height: 5-1
Hometown: Woodside, Calif.
High School: St. Francis
Club Team: Airborne Gymnastics
2008 (Freshman): Qualified for the NCAA Championships with a fourth-place showing in the all-around at the NCAA West Regional ... Scored a 39.050, her second-highest mark of the season, to garner her first bid to Nationals ... Earned Pacific-10 Second Team All-Conference honors on vault (based on her RQS and Pac-10 Championships score) ... Won four individual event titles as a rookie, picking up a pair on vault and beam ... Notched her first career victory at Oregon State in just her second meet as a collegian with a 9.825 on beam ... Scored her first vaulting title the following week with a 9.8 against Cal .... Put together her best meet of the season against #2 Utah, when she scored a career-high 39.225 in the all-around and set career-highs on three events ... Tied Utah's Ashley Postell, who was ranked No. 1 in the nation on beam, for first place on the event as they both scored a 9.85 ... Has posted a career-high 9.85 on vault five times this season, including four-straight coming into Nationals
Rankings Report: Bogart is ranked among the top-100 gymnasts in the nation in the all-around (No. 91) and on vault (No. 68). Bogart also checks in at No. 102 on the balance beam and No. 159 on the floor exercise.
Vault -- No. 68 (9.840 RQS)
Bars -- No. 289 (9.645 RQS)
Beam -- No. 102 (9.800 RQS)
Floor -- No. 159 (9.785 RQS)
All-Around -- No. 91 (38.635 RQS)
Personal: Daughter of Peggy and Terry Bogart ... Has two sisters, Amy and Cher ... Her twin sister Amy is a diver at the University of San Diego ... Graduated from St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. ... Competed for coaches Justin Howell, Mel Ruggiero and Tonya Picante at Airborne Gymnastics ... Placed 11th in all-around at the 2004 Nationals in Florida.