GymDawgs Take On Arkansas, SPU In Final Home Meet Friday

Feb. 24, 2010

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Washington vs. #8 Arkansas, Seattle Pacific
Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
Bank of America Arena - Seattle, Wash.

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This Week
The Washington gymnastics squad competes in its final home meet of the 2010 season this Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. when they host No. 8 Arkansas and local rival Seattle Pacific. This will mark UW's sixth and final home meet before they embark on a three-meet road trip to wrap up the regular season. This Friday also marks UW's only tri-meet in Bank of America Arena as their first five were dual meets.

Live Coverage
A free live video feed will be available on GoHuskies.com along with live scoring. Inaddition, all 2010 home meets will be available for viewing On-Demand to all regionalComcast subscribers. Go to www.GoHuskies.com and visit the gymnastics schedulepage for links to stats and video.

Last Week
The GymDawgs finally put it all together to earn their first dual-meet victory of the season, recording a season-high team score along with two event season-highs to defeat California, 195.625-189.325. UW recorded a season high for the second straight week with their second score of 195 or better and also set new highs on bars and beam. Hatsune Akaogi won the all-around outright for the first time this season and also won the beam with a 9.825. Her all-around score of 39.225 was a career high. Kristen Linton also had a big day, winning two events, while Haley Bogart made it a clean sweep for the Huskies, winning vault with a 9.875. One of Linton's wins came on bars, where she recorded a 9.900, her first career score of 9.900 or better and UW's first of the season.

Huskies in the Rankings
The Huskies were ranked 23rd last week, the final rankings released this season based on event scores. Moving forward, teams will be ranked based on their Regional Qualifying Score, which the Huskies do not yet qualify for because they have competed in just two away meets. Teams need at least three home and away meets to receive an RQS. Following next week's meet at Arizona, UW should appear in the rankings again.

The Huskies had moved up one spot to No. 23 after a then-season-high score of 195.425 against No. 24 Arizona State two weeks ago. The Huskies had been ranked No. 24 the three weeks prior but their first score over 195.000 was enough to bump them up the rankings. UW has reached a high of No. 19 this season, which they garnered after a strong opening-week performance against No. 11 Nebraska. UW opened the season in the top-25 for the first time since 2006, coming in at No. 25.

Challenging Schedule
The Huskies face one of the toughest schedules in the country, competing against six teams currently in the nation's top-10 including two of the top three. UW opened with five straight meets against top-12 teams, including No. 11 Nebraska, No. 3 UCLA, No. 7 Oregon State, No. 9 Utah and No. 6 Stanford. After facing No. 22 ASU two weeks ago, UW got a one-week break from ranked opponents before picking back up with the tough competition this week against No. 8 Arkansas. They finish the season on the road against No. 20 Arizona and No. 1 Oklahoma over the final three weeks.

About the Huskies
UW came into the season ranked 25th, returning 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. UW has been led by returning All-Pac-10 performer Hatsune Akaogi, who owns two all-around wins this year. Juniors Samantha Walior, a First Team All-Pac-10 pick on floor last year, Haley Bogart and Kristen Linton have also been solid for a very young team that has no seniors.

Scouting Arkansas
Arkansas is ranked No. 8 in the nation in this week's poll. Of the nine other teams in the top 10, Arkansas has faced four this year - No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Georgia and No. 10 LSU. The Razorbacks are No. 4 on beam, tied for No. 7 on bars, No. 9 on vault and No. 11 on floor.

Individually, senior Casey Jo Magee is No. 2 in the country in the all-around and beam.

About the Series
Arkansas leads the all-time series 3-0, but the teams have not met since 2006. They first met in Seattle in 2005 with No. 12 Arkansas claiming a 195.550-195.275 win over the No. 19 Huskies. In 2006, the teams faced each other in the Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu and later that year Washington visited Fayetteville with No. 20 UA upsetting No. 18 Washington, 190.625-190.425 in Hawaii and again defeating the Huskies, 196.350-193.025 in Fayetteville.

Scouting Seattle Pacific
The Falcons are coming off six consecutive road meets and while this week still technically consitutes an away meet, they will at least be close to home. NCAA Division II SPU ranks 49th among all college teams (190.500) in the rankings that are dominated by Division I squads. The Falcons are rated No. 5 among teams that will vie for the USA Gymnastics collegiate title.

About the Series
The Huskies are 68-3 all-time against SPU and have won 12 straight in the series, including a win against the Falcons in a quad meet in Seattle last year. The Falcons have not defeated UW since a 192.875-191.475 win at home on March 8, 2004.

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