No. 22 Washington Gymnasts Ready For Oregon State Rematch
March 3, 2009
Setting the Scene: Washington Ready For Oregon State Rematch
The No. 22 Huskies (10-5) head south to Corvallis, Ore. to take part in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational Friday, March 6 at 7pm. The Beavers will be joined by Seattle Pacific for Washington's second tri-meet of the season and second time facing each OSU and SPU this season.
Live Scoring/Video On The Web
Live scoring and free live video will be available for the meet on OSUBeavers.com.
Last Time Out
The Huskies went forth into the desert to face off with Pac-10 foe Arizona State last Friday and posted a season-best road score of 195.075, but fell a half a point short to the Sun Devils. As a team, the Huskies won the vault, 48.625-48.475, but did not register a single individual event title against Arizona State. Washington also managed a season-high road score of 49.000 on the beam. Several Huskies tied their season-high scores, but their efforts fell short. Washington moved up two places in the rankings on the strength of their road score, now coming in at No. 22 in the country.
Huskies in the Rankings
Ashley Houghting is the highest-ranked Husky in any event, coming in at No. 5 in the country on vault with a RQS of 9.910. Freshman Amanda Cline is hovering outside the top-50 on vault, currently tied for No. 68 (9.810). On bars, Kristen Linton is the only ranked Husky, tying for 45th (9.830). Samantha Walior leads the Huskies on balance beam, tying for 49th in the nation (9.815) and Haley Bogart comes in tied for No. 62 (9.795). Houghting paces Washington on floor, earning a ranking of No. 11 (9.880) and Walior comes in at No. 82 (9.795). In the all-around, Akaogi is the top Husky, coming in at No. 70 in the nation (38.555).
As a team, Washington is ranked No. 21 on vault, No. 22 on beam and No. 20 on floor.
Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State is the ninth-ranked team in the nation with an RQS of 196.295. The Beavers boast three or more gymnasts in each event ranked in the top-100. Junior dynamo Mandi Rodriguez is nationally-ranked in all four events and comes in eighth in the country in the all-around. Rodriguez is currently fourth on vault, tied for 85th on bars, tied for 49th on beam and second on floor. Her AA RQS is 39.400. Teammate Jami Lanz is also ranked in all four events (tied for 25th on vault, tied for 79th on bars, tied for 16th on beam and tied for eighth on floor) and comes in at No. 15 in the all-around. The Beavers fell last weekend to No. 4 UCLA, but posted a team score over 196 and scored above a 49.000 on all four events.
About the Series
Washington and Oregon State have met 110 times with OSU holding the all-time series advantage, 83-27. The two teams last met two weeks ago on Feb. 21, when the Huskies snapped a six-year, 12-meet losing streak win a narrow victory at Hec Ed.
Scouting the Falcons
The Seattle Pacific Falcons are a Division II team that averages a score of 188.663 for the season. Last week, SPU faced off against UC Davis and twice against Eastern Michigan. The Falcons lost all three contests, but posted a season-high score of 189.875 at the second EMU meet. Seattle Pacific is led in the all-around by senior Brianna Schwartz. The Falcons are coached by Laurel Tindall (33rd season) and assistant coach Carly Dockendorf, a former Husky standout.
About the Series
Washington and SPU have met 70 times with the Huskies winning 67 of those meetings. The Huskies and Falcons last met on Jan. 16, when Washington defeated SPU 194.250-188.425.
Vaulting to Glory
Senior Ashley Houghting has won the vault in four of the Huskies' eight meets this season. The Welland, Ont. native was the 2007 Pac-10 vault co-champion and finished tied for third in 2008. Houghting has also won six titles on the floor this season, after finishing second on the floor at last year's Pac-10 Championship.
Freshman Hatsune Akaogi posted a season-high score on vault against Arizona, one week after taking third on the vault and earning her first all-around title against Cal and Illinois State. Akaogi, a native of Cupertino, Calif., finds herself ranked No. 70 in the nation on the strength of her AA performances this season, culminating in a season-high score of 39.025 against Oregon State, Illinois and Eastern Michigan on Feb. 21.
Sophomore Haley Bogart competed in her first all-around of the season against Oregon State, Illinois and Eastern Michigan, nothcing a career-best 39.125 to place third overall. Bogart has also been a go-to performer for the Huskies, competing on the vault, floor and beam for Washington. Two weeks ago, the native Californian posted a career-best-tying score on vault and a career-best-tying score on beam to help lift the Huskies over the Beavers for the first time in six years.
Sophomore Karen Cain has improved every meet this season, setting or tying a career-best mark in three of the last four meets. In three straight meets this season, Cain put up a career-best-tying 9.725 on vault. In three of the last four meets, the Texan has scored a career-best 9.750 on the floor, helping Washignton to big wins over Oregon State, Illinois and Arizona.
Freshman Ruby Engreitz is in the vault rotation now, posting a career-best score against OSU, EMU and Illinois with a 9.775. Engreitz has competed all season on bars, but stepped in to the vault lineup for the first time against then-No. 9 Oregon State and then-No. 14 Illinois.
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, setting a new team GPA record. 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.
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.
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 faced fifth-ranked Stanford on Jan 16. The road got no easier, with Washington traveling to No. 2 Utah on Jan. 23. February and March will see the Huskies take on seven ranked opponents, since the Huskies will face Oregon State twice. In addition to seeing the Beavers twice, Washington also takes on UCLA, Arizona State and Denver.
Washington will serve as the host site of the 2009 NCAA West Regional on Saturday, April 4.
The Huskies' meet at Utah on Jan. 23 marked the second straight pink weekend for the Dawgs in support of breast cancer awareness and research. Washington hosted its Power of Pink meet on Jan. 16, warming up in t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase,'Real Dawgs Wear Purple... And Pink.'