UW Gymnastics Remains on the Road Against No. 16 Oregon State

Jan. 15, 2008

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Meet #2: Washington at #16 Oregon State
Friday, January 18, 2008
Time...7 p.m. Pacific Time
Site...Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum)
Television...Tape Delay: Fox Sports NW (air dates & times: Tues., Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.; Thurs., Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.)

The Meet
The Huskies (0-1) will challenge 16th-ranked Oregon State on Friday at 7 p.m. (PT). The two teams will compete at Gill Coliseum in the Beavers' home debut. Last season, Washington hosted Oregon State and Seattle Pacific and the Huskies tallied their highest total team score of the season (195.800) and posted their highest team scores on beam (48.850) and floor (49.125).

The Opponent
The Beavers opened the 2008 season on Jan. 4, scoring a second-place finish at the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas against Pac-10 rivals UCLA and Arizona State. UCLA (2-0) finished at 194.975, while OSU (1-1) trailed at 193.875 and ASU (0-2) took third with 192.475.

TV Time
The Washington-OSU meet will air four times on tape delay after the meet on Fox Sports NW. Air times are set for Tues., Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.; Thurs., Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.; and Wed., Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. FSN, which is available on both satellite and cable systems, reaches over 3.5 million in the Pacific Northwest, plus over 30 million on cable and satellite systems across the nation. Although this is the Huskies' only televised meet, fans can catch the Husky home meets on the Dawg Channel, through GoHuskies.cstv.com.

Coach's Comments
'Last year, we started the year at UCLA with a 188, but we jumped five points in the next meet. I think we'll settle down this week and hit more of our routines,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'Denver and Oregon State were both at Nationals last year, and they are good programs. These are challenges for us because we are not there yet, but we're trying to get to that level. We're going to go out and try to hit routines and not worry about scores. When you hit your routines, the score takes care of itself.'

Strong Schedule
The Huskies schedule is one of the toughest in the nation ­­­-- on the road and at home. Not only will Washington face off against the teams of the Pac-10, the GymDawgs will also take on four non-conference foes who are ranked in the top-25 (after a loss to then-No. 15 Denver last week, the Huskies are still set to face: No. 3 Utah, No. 7 LSU and No. 19 Illinois). The Pac-10 remains a tough conference from top to bottom, and the Huskies are set to face No. 10 UCLA and No. 23 Arizona State at home, No. 12 Arizona and No. 16 Oregon State on the road, and No. 5 Stanford (and No. 10 UCLA again) at a neutral site.

Last Time Out
Washington gymnastics opened the season at Hamilton Gymnasium against 15th-ranked Denver tonight, falling to the Pioneers, 194.900-190.475. Despite the loss, the Huskies saw some strong early season performances, including two event titles by junior Ashley Houghting, who captured first place on vault (9.875) and floor (9.850). In addition to Houghting's victories, Washington (0-1) saw excellent performances by the freshmen in their collegiate debut. Haley Bogart turned in a third-place finish on vault with a 9.825, while Kristen Linton and Samantha Walior finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on bars. Walior also scored a fifth-place showing on floor. Junior Kelly Gilbert was the Huskies' top beam worker tonight, earning fourth place.

Mark Your Calendars!
The Huskies will open the 2008 home season on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. against California. The Golden Bears open their season on Friday against UC Davis and Towson before hosting the 18th-ranked Arizona Sun Devils just five days before traveling to Seattle to square off against the Huskies. Last year, the Huskies won two out of three meetings against the Bears, as they topped Cal in the dual meet and at the Pac-10 Championships before falling just short against them at the NCAA West Regional.

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