No. 28 GymDawgs Wrap Up Regular Season Sunday Against Denver
March 10, 2009
Setting the Scene: Last Regular-Season Meet and Senior Night
The No. 28 Huskies (11-6) face their final regular-season foe, Denver, this Sunday at 2pm at Bank of America Arena. Seniors Kelly Gilbert, Ashley Houghting and Kristen Omori will be honored after the meet. Free team posters, pom-poms, freshman trading cards and 'W' face tattoos will be available before the meet and the five Husky freshmen will be signing autographs after the meet on the concourse level of the arena.
Live Scoring/Video On The Web
Live scoring and free live video will be available for the meet on GoHuskies.com or by clicking here.
Last Time Out
Washington had its rematch with Oregon State and SPU down in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies again prevailed over Division II cross-town rival SPU, but scored a 192.925, which wasn't enough to overturn the Beavers a second time. Samantha Walior placed third on the floor and freshman Hatsune Akaogi pieced together a 38.550 to take third in the all-around. As a team, Washington scored a season-high 48.900 on the uneven bars in the first rotation.
Huskies in the Rankings
Ashley Houghting is the highest-ranked Husky in any event, coming in at No. 7 in the country on vault with a RQS of 9.910. Freshman Amanda Cline is currently tied for No. 90 (9.810), wrapping up the Dawgs ranked on vault. On bars, Kristen Linton is No. 50 (9.830) and freshman Hatsune Akaogi has snuck into the top-100, coming in tied for 94th (9.790). Samantha Walior leads the Huskies on balance beam, tying for 36th in the nation (9.840) and Haley Bogart comes in tied for No. 78 (9.795). Houghting paces Washington on floor, earning a ranking of No. 18 (9.880) and Walior comes in tied for 74th (9.820). In the all-around, Akaogi is the top Husky, coming in at No. 70 in the nation (38.700).
As a team, the Huskies are ranked in all four events, coming in tied for No. 22 on vault (48.930), No. 32 on bars (48.670), No. 26 on beam (48.600) and No. 28 on floor (48.865).
Scouting the Pioneers
Denver enters the weekend ranked No. 33 in the nation. The Pioneers are coming off a Monday-night meet in which they scored a season-high 196.650 to down BYU. Denver posted wins in all four events, with all four scores over 49 and took the all-around title, the sixth for senior Jessica Lopez (a career-high 39.625). As a team, the Pioneers rank No. 33 in the country on the floor (48.775), No. 19 in the country on beam (48.805), No. 36 in the country on bars (48.590) and No. 27 in the country on vault (48.845).
About the Series
Washington and Denver have met 10 times, with each team winning five meets. Denver has won the last four straight meetings, including a 194.900-190.475 decision to open the 2008 season.
Washington will serve as the host site of the 2009 NCAA West Regional on Saturday, April 4.
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. The senior co-captain sat out last week's meet at Oregon State, but hopes to return to the lineup this week.
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. Last week, at Oregon State, Cain scored a career-best 9.775 on bars to lead the Dawgs to its second win of the season over SPU.
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. The Kirkland, Wash. native competed in her first all-around last weekend, scoring a 37.250.
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.
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.'