Gymnastics Opens 2009 Season At Home Friday
Jan. 7, 2009
Huskies Open 2009 Season at Home
The Washington gymnastics team opens the 2009 season at home in Bank of America Arena this Friday, January 9, as it hosts Alaska Anchorage at 7pm PT.
A free live video feed will be available on GoHuskies.com at http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=wash&media=98454. In addition, all 2009 home meets will be available for viewing On-Demand to all regional Comcast subscribers.
Huskies in the Rankings
Washington opens its second straight season receiving votes in the coaches pre-season poll. The Huskies are currently 26th in the nation, one place better than their 2008 finish.
Scouting the Seawolves
The Seawolves of Alaska Anchorage open their 2009 season at Washington. The Seawolves are without senior leadership this season, but do boast four experienced juniors, including Lauren Agostino, a 2006 NCAA West Regional all-around qualifier. After facing the Huskies on Jan. 9, the Seawolves travel across town to take on Seattle Pacific on Jan. 10. Last season, UAA posted a 4-10 dual record, but also broke two school records, putting up all-time best averages on bars (47.694) and vault (47.665). The 2009 edition of the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves is led by Agostino and Courtney Williams, an All-MPSF all-around selection in 2008. UAA is coached by Paul Stoklos, in his 25th season at the helm.
About the Series
Washington and Alaska Anchorage have met just three times before, with the Huskies holding the all-time series edge, 3-0. The teams last met in 2000, when Washington defeated UAA, 196.175-182.475. All three meetings between the two teams have occurred in Seattle.
The Huskies boast three seniors on the 2009 squad, but have no juniors. Washington's 12-member squad is primarily comprised of four sophomores and five freshmen, giving the Huskies a youthful appearance. Among the Dawgs' seven returnees are 2008 NCAA all-around qualifier Haley Bogart (So.) and 2008 first-team All-Pac-10 (floor) selection Ashley Houghting (Sr.). Between them, Bogart and Houghting have racked up 41 individual event titles.
Henderson Added as Student Coach
Sophomore Danielle Henderson suffered a shoulder injury in the fall of 2007, sidelining her until mid-season 2008. Henderson then sustained a season-ending injury during a practice in February of 2008. While she continues to rehab, she has been medically disqualified from competing during the 2009 season.
Huskies in the Classroom
The Washington gymnastics team posted the highest team GPA in the department in the fall quarter, averaging a team GPA of 3.48. Cumulatively, the Huskies boast a 3.39 grade point average. Last season, five members of the Husky team were honored as Pac-10 All-Academic selections. Since Bowers took over as coach in 2007, 11 Huskies have been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. This is the second straight season the gymnastics team has posted the highest fall GPA in the Washington athletics department.
Inside the Roster
The Huskies hail from six states and two countries, with four gymnasts coming from the state of Washington. Of the four native Washingtonians, two are from Kirkland (Engreitz and Omori), one is from Edmonds (Linton) and one is from Lynnwood (Epps). Three Huskies came north from California, with Akaogi (Cupertino), Eller (Newcastle) and Bogart (Woodside) each heading for the great Pacific Northwest. Gilbert (Phoenix, Arizona) and Cain (Hays, Texas) represent the southwest in Seattle, while Walior (Prior Lake, Minnesota) adds some Great Lakes flair. Cline hails from the Centennial State (Aurora, Colorado). Houghting (Welland, Ont.) is the only Husky from outside the U.S., coming south from Canada.
The Huskies' average height is 5'-2', with Cline (5'-6') coming in as the tallest. Bogart and Gilbert tie for shortest on the team, standing at an even five-feet.
Washington again has one of the toughest schedules in the country, with seven 2009 opponents earning places on the preseason coaches poll and an eighth team receiving votes. In just their second meet of the season, the Huskies will face fifth-ranked Stanford on Jan 16. The road gets no easier, with Washington traveling to No. 2 Utah on Jan. 23 and votes-getter California on Feb. 1. February and March will see the Huskies take on seven ranked opponents, since the Huskies will face Oregon State twice.
Washington will serve as the host site of the 2009 NCAA West Regional on Saturday, April 4.
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