GymDawgs Open 2010 Campaign At Home Friday

Jan. 6, 2010

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Huskies Open 2010 Season at Home
The Washington gymnastics team opens the 2010 season at home in Bank of America Arena this Friday, January 8, when it hosts No. 15 Nebraska at 7 p.m.

Live Coverage
A free live video feed will be available on GoHuskies.com along with live scoring. In addition, all 2010 home meets will be available for viewing On-Demand to all regional Comcast subscribers.

Huskies in the Rankings
Washington opens the season in the top-25 for the first time since 2006 after receiving votes in the coaches pre-season poll the previous two seasons. The Huskies are currently 25th in the nation, one place better than their 2009 finish.

Challenging Schedule
The Huskies face one of the toughest schedules in the country, competing against six of the nation's top-10 teams according to the preseason rankings and facing eight ranked teams overall in their 11 meets. UW opens with five straight meets against top-15 teams, including No. 15 Nebraska, No. 5 UCLA, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 2 Utah and No. 7 Stanford. After two weeks off from ranked opponents, UW faces No. 8 Arkansas, No. 20 Arizona and No. 9 Oklahoma.

About the Huskies
UW comes into the season ranked 25th as they return eight competitors from last year's squad that finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, the Huskies' best finish in six years. UW also advanced to the NCAA West Regionals for the third time in head coach Joanne Bowers' three-year tenure. The Huskies return All-Pac-10 performers Hatsune Akaogi, who was a Second Team All-Around selection, and Samantha Walior, who was a First Team pick on Floor Exercise. Five freshmen also should help the Huskies challenge the best in the conference.

Scouting the Cornhuskers
Nebraska comes into the season ranked 15th in the nation and features one of the most storied traditions in collegiate gymnastics. The Huskers have made six NCAA Super Six appearances over the past nine seasons, while being a regular at the NCAA Championships for two decades. Nebraska has produced three NCAA individual champions while Husker gymnasts have captured more than 100 individual All-America awards. NU has also claimed more Big 12 team trophies than any other school in women's gymnastics.

The Huskers return two-time All-American senior Kylie Stone in 2010. Nebraska also boasts Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Lora Evenstad and a slew of talented event specialists and newcomers to the squad.

About the Series
The Huskies and Huskers have meet 15 times before, with Nebraska holding a 10-5 edge in the series. The Huskers won the last meeting between the teams, 196.675-193.30 in the NCAA West Regional on April 14, 2007.

Young Pups
The Huskies don't feature a senior on the 2010 squad, with four juniors leading the way to go along with four sophomores and five freshmen. Among the Dawgs' eight returnees are 2008 NCAA all-around qualifier Haley Bogart (Jr.). Additionally, six of the eight returners combined for 14 event victories in 2009.

Inside the Roster
Head coach Joanne Bowers has made it a point to recruit nationally and it shows as the UW roster includes players from seven different U.S. states and one Canadian province. The Huskies carry three each from Washington and California along with two from Texas and one each from Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Utah along with Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

The 2010 freshmen class is particularly well cultured as all five hail from a different part of the country - or continent for that matter. Paige Bixler hails from Texas, Kailey Hansen is from California, Lauren Rogers from Pennsylvania and Kylie Sharp from Utah while Phoebe Tham comes to Seattle via Canada.

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