GymDawgs Set To Host No. 9 Oregon State, No. 14 Illinois And EMU Saturday
Feb. 18, 2009
Setting the Scene: Washington Hosts Second Home Quad Meet
The Huskies (7-4) are now ranked No. 24 in the nation with an RQS of 193.810. This weekend, Washington will face off against Pac-10 foe No. 9 Oregon State, No. 14 Illinois and Eastern Michigan. Saturday's meet kicks off at 7pm in Bank of America Arena and is the second-to-last regular season home meet for the Dawgs. The first 100 fans receive a coupon good for a photo with the team immediately following the meet. Schedule magnets, hair ribbons and temporary tattoos will also be available at the door.
Live Scoring/Video On The Web
Live scoring during the meet will be available on GoHuskies.com. A free video webcast of the meet will be available on GoHuskies.com.
Last Time Out
The Huskies traveled south to No. 2 UCLA to face the Bruins, Boise State and Cal State Fullerton. Washington earned its second-highest team score of the season with a 194.400, but fell to UCLA and Boise State. Senior Ashley Houghting was a bright spot for the Dawgs, winning her fifth floor title of the season with a 9.900. She also tied her career-best vault with a near-perfect 9.950, but the Bruins pulled out a 10.0 to steal the title. As a team, Washington scored a season-high 49.150 on the vault and won the floor with a meet-high 48.975.
Huskies in the Rankings
Ashley Houghting continues to creep up the rankings, now coming in at fourth in the country on vault with a season average of 9.904. Freshman Amanda Cline is close to cracking the top-50 on vault, currently sitting at No. 58 (9.780), while sophomore Haley Bogart is No. 68 (9.760). Freshman Hatsune Akaogi rounds out the Huskies in the top-100 on vault, coming in at No. 96 (9.710). On bars, Kristen Linton is the top Dawg at No. 53 (9.760) and is followed by Karen Cain at No. 90 (9.685). Bogart leads the Huskies on balance beam with a national ranking of No. 41 (9.745) and Samantha Walior comes in at No. 52 (9.725). Houghting paces Washington on floor, earning a ranking of No. 71 (9.740). In the all-around, Akaogi is the top Husky, coming in at No. 44 in the nation (38.360).
Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State moved up a spot this week to No. 9 in the country after posting a 196.600 at Stanford last weekend. The Beavers score a 49 or above on all four events against the Cardinal, winning the vault and counting five individual scores of 9.900 or higher. Oregon State gymnasts took first and second places on the vault and on the floor. The meet against Stanford marked the third meet this season the Beavers have score 49 or above on all four events and was the fourth straight meet with a team score above 196. The Beavers' top all-arounder is junior Mandi Rodriguez.
About the Series
Washington and Oregon State have met 109 times with the Beavers holding the all-time series advantage, 83-26. The Huskies have lost the last 12 straight meetings.
Scouting the Fighting Illini
Illinois racked up a huge win last weekend, defeating Ohio State and setting a new school record for team score and a new individual record on vault. The Illini swept all the individual events and won bars, beam and floor as a team, catapulting them to a 196.700-195.675 win over the Buckeyes.
About the Series
Washington and Illinois have met just three times. The Huskies hold the series advantage, 2-1, but fell to the Illini last season.
Scouting the Eagles
Eastern Michigan enters the weekend with a 4-3 record, having won its last meet against Ball State with a season-high score of 193.325. The Eagles are currently unranked, but have rolled to wins over Western Michigan (twice), Ball State and Bowling Green. The Eagles' top all-arounder is Erin Grigg.
About the Series
Washington and Eastern Michigan have never met before.
Vaulting to Glory
Senior Ashley Houghting has won the vault in four of the Huskies' six 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 five titles on the floor this season, after finishing second on the floor at last year's Pac-10 Championship.
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. 44 in the nation on the strength of her AA performances this season, culminating in a season-high score of 38.925 at Utah on Jan. 23.
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.
Washington again has one of the toughest schedules in the country, with seven 2009 opponents earning places on the preseason coaches poll and an eighth team receiving votes. In just their second meet of the season, the Huskies faced fifth-ranked Stanford on Jan 16. The road got no easier, with Washington traveling to No. 2 Utah on Jan. 23. February and March will see the Huskies take on seven ranked opponents, since the Huskies will face Oregon State twice. In addition to seeing the Beavers twice, Washington also takes on UCLA, Arizona State and Denver.
Washington will serve as the host site of the 2009 NCAA West Regional on Saturday, April 4.
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