GymDawgs Ranked No. 25 in Pre-Season Poll
Nov. 18, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington gymnastics team is ranked No. 25 in the nation in the pre-season coaches poll released on Tuesday.
The Huskies come in at No. 25 with 64 votes, one of five Pac-10 teams in the top-25. UCLA leads the way at No. 5 with Stanford right behind at No. 7, along with No. 10 Oregon State and No. 20 Arizona. Georgia garnered 13 first-place votes to earn the right to start the season at No. 1.
UW will get the fifth-ranked Bruins on their home floor in early January in their second meet of the season. The meet will be one of several tough battles for the Huskies on the 2010 schedule, with their first five meets coming against teams ranked in the top 15. All in all, they will face six of the nation's top-10 teams during the season.
The Huskies start the 2010 campaign at home against No. 15 Nebraska on Jan. 8 before entertaining No. 5 UCLA on Jan. 15. After traveling down to No. 10 Oregon State the following weekend, the Huskies return home for a big test when they host No. 2 Utah on Jan. 29.
After a quad-meet in Palo Alto featuring No. 7 Stanford as well as Sacramento State and San Jose State on Feb. 7, the Huskies return to Seattle for three-consecutive home meets starting with Arizona State on Feb. 13 and another Pac-10 clash with Cal on Feb. 19. The home-stand ends with a tri-meet featuring No. 8 Arkansas and Seattle Pacific on Feb. 26.
The Huskies will then close out the regular season on the road at No. 20 Arizona on March 5 and No. 9 Oklahoma on March 12 before wrapping up the regular season at Seattle Pacific on March 19.
UW is coming off their highest Pac-10 finish in six years last season when they placed fourth to advance to the NCAA West Regionals. Under the guidance of head coach Joanne Bowers, UW has advanced to the West Regionals in three straight seasons and has sent individuals to NCAA Nationals in two of the last three years.
The Huskies have a young squad with no seniors, but have enough experience to compete with the best in the Pac-10. UW returns Samantha Walior, a first-team All-Conference selection on floor, along with Hatsune Akaogi, who was named second-team All-Pac-10 in the all-around.
The GymDawgs will kick off their 2009-10 campaign unofficially with an intra-squad meet on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena, which will be a joint-meet with the UW men's gymnastics club.