Latest Gymnastics Posts
The Gymdawgs were featured on Pac-12 Sportswatch, along with the Arizona gymnastics team, which recapped the NCAA Gymnastics National Championships at the Seattle Regional this past weekend.
The UW gymnastics team was featured in The Seattle Times on the upcoming NCAA regional at Edmundson Pavilion. Head coach Joanne Bowers and senior Ruby Engreitz talks about the high-level competition and team goals.
Read the full article here and make sure to cheer on the GymDawgs Saturday at 4 p.m. at Edmundson Pavilion.
Here is a great story by The Daily about junior Paige Bixler from UW Gymnastics, where she talks about the toughness of competing on the balance beam.
Washington assistant gymnastics coach Elise Ray has recently been inducted into Howard County Women's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Here is a great read about Ray's induction, written by Andrew Conrad of the Howard County Times (Columbia, Md.):
No one would ever mistake Columbia for a hotbed of world class gymnastics, but thanks to 2000 Wilde Lake High School graduate Elise Ray, Columbia can always proudly call itself the town that produced a world class gymnast.
"I wasn't a high school athlete (because gymnastics was not a varsity sport when Ray was at Wilde Lake) but it didn't make a difference to them," said Ray, who was born in Florida but moved to Columbia at a young age. "(The community) was just so supportive. Going to public school was a huge priority for me and my family, and they worked with me."
Whether it meant allowing her to miss classes to commute to and from her training facility in Gaithersburg, showing flexibility with making up work, or just sharing congratulatory words upon her return from a successful international competition, Ray is grateful for the community support she received in Columbia, and still counts that as an integral part of the realization of her Olympic dream.
As a 2000 Olympian in Sydney, Ray remains a fan favorite and one of the most memorable members of the U.S. team that was awarded team bronze medals in 2010 when it was discovered that the Chinese team had falsified the age of one of its competitors at the Sydney Games.
Unfortunately for Ray, that was not the only scandal that stained the 2000 Summer Games.
After officials inexplicably set the vault two inches low, Ray -- along with many other gymnasts -- fell twice off of the improperly set apparatus.
The vault was eventually corrected, and Ray stuck her landing en route to a 13th place finish in the all-around, best of any American.
"I didn't know what was wrong," Ray told the New York Times in 2000. "It looked low to me, but I thought it was my nerves. Definitely falling on your first event shoots your confidence way down. That was the toughest part, just to keep going."
A stable coaching staff might have eased its gymnasts through the stormy situation, but...
U.S. team coordinator Bela Karolyi earned a reputation during the 2000 Games as an overbearing drill sergeant, and he feuded openly with gymnasts and fellow U.S. coaches alike.
But gymnasts are trained to persist through adversity with a bright smile on their face, and that's exactly what Ray did.
After Sydney, Ray found a return to normalcy at the University of Michigan, where she studied English and thrived as a 14-time NCAA All-American and three-time NCAA national champion, becoming the most decorated female gymnast in the history of the school.
After graduating in 2005, Ray eventually took a job performing with the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. After several years living in Las Vegas, she came back to Maryland to be closer to her family (parents Ellen and Bill and brother Taylor) and coached at the Carroll Gymnastics Center in Hampstead until recently.
The fall of 2011 was a memorable time for Ray, who was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in late August and was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Washington in late September.
Washington head coach Joanne Bowers coached Ray at Michigan.
"She has just been fantastic which doesn't surprise me in the least, with the dedication and focus she had when she was at Michigan," Bowers said. "She has been through so many different things at the highest level so the girls gave her their undivided attention right away ... I'm just thrilled that she's here and that I'm getting to work with her."
Ray now lives in Seattle and continues to coach younger gymnasts at summer camps.
While she has done some work as a color commentator for the Big 10 Network and has expressed interest in becoming a writer, Ray clearly has found her calling in coaching.
"I'd been thinking about coaching in college and the timing couldn't have been more perfect," said Ray, who helped lead Washington to an upset of No. 1 UCLA on Jan. 27. "It's very, very different. I've learned a lot technically already. (College gymnasts) very much want to keep learning but they know their bodies and they know themselves."
And while the Olympic Games in Sydney was the tumultuous culmination of a dream realized, Ray looks at winning the National Championship in St. Louis, which qualified her for the Olympic team, as the pinnacle of her athletic career.
"I had done a ton of mental preparation. I was going to make (the Olympic) team and nothing was going to stand in my way," said Ray, who compared the feeling to how Michael Jordan must have felt on his best nights. "Everything just aligned and everything felt effortless. I can say that I never had that feeling up until then and I've never had it since."
Ruby Engreitz was named one of CollegeSports360's Primetime Performers of the Week (one of 16 honorees). Four of these athletes were also named Primetime Pacesetters of the Week and Engreitz also received this honor. Check out the following link to see the entire story:
Check out this feature story about the Gym Dawgs from the Seattle Times, as they host No. 1 UCLA at Alaska Airlines at 7 p.m.
First year assistant coach and former Olympian Elise Ray has been featured in the UW Daily. Read the entire story here:http://dailyuw.com/news/2012/jan/24/path-rediscovery/
Check out this highlight video from UW's first meet (and first win!) of the 2012 season at MSU!
Each week the Pac-12 has been catching up with student-athletes from across the conference to ask them questions and learn some fun facts about them.
In this week's Thanksgiving edition, gymnast Phoebe Tham was featured, along with four other Pac-12 athletes.
Check out the video taken during picture day this year.
McLean, Va. (Sept. 1, 2011) - On the eve of the 2011 NCAA football season, Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) - an official NCAA Corporate Champion - today announced enhancements for the second year of its Capital One Cup to make it more inclusive of the schools, teams and student-athletes competing in all NCAA Division I championship sports.
The biggest update: adding seven women's sports and six men's sports- bringing the program's total to 39 (20 women's and 19 men's) NCAA sports in the Capital One Cup, which honors the best men's and women's NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men's and women's sports. The new women's sports are bowling, fencing, rifle, skiing, ice hockey, gymnastics and water polo. The new men's sports are water polo, fencing, rifle, skiing, gymnastics and volleyball.
"In listening to our partners, Advisory Board members and the fans, we are growing the Capital One Cup in Year Two, making it even more inclusive and representative of program-wide college athletics excellence," said Capital One Chief Marketing Officer, Bill McDonald. McDonald continued, noting that in its first year, 75 men's and 64 women's programs scored points in the race for the Capital One Cup. "Now even more teams on Division I campuses can contribute to the pursuit of the premier award in college sports. More student-athletes also will have the opportunity to compete for the combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships that is awarded to the winning schools."
Last year's Capital One Cup winning programs were the University of Florida (men) and Stanford University (women), which were both honored at the ESPY Awards in July. On Sept. 9 (Stanford versus Notre Dame in women's soccer and Stanford versus Penn State in women's volleyball) and Sept. 17 (Florida versus Tennessee in football), Capital One will present the trophy and scholarship checks to representatives of the schools.
"The Capital One Cup is an excellent way to raise the profile and visibility of NCAA athletics while supporting the educational pursuits of student-athletes with the winning scholarship money," said Greg Shaheen, NCAA interim executive vice president. "In the second year of the program we're excited to see all NCAA Division I championship sports get the chance to be a part of this premier program. With the addition of the new sports, we expect and look forward to another exciting finish for the Capital One Cup."
This year, the Capital One Cup again will be served by its advisory board of prominent former NCAA student-athletes and current broadcasters who embody success, integrity, leadership and a commitment to excellence. In their role, they will educate the sports community and fans about the program and help promote the positive values of college athletics. This year, the Advisory Board features the addition of three-time All-American softball player, Jennie Finch.
Doug Flutie - 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner, football (Boston College)
Brandi Chastain - Two Women's College Cup?® Quarterfinals appearances, women's soccer (Santa Clara)
Lisa Leslie - 1994 NCAA National Player of the Year, women's basketball (USC)
Robin Ventura - 1988 Golden Spikes Award winner, baseball (Oklahoma State)
Clark Kellogg - CBS Sports' lead college basketball analyst and 1982 Big Ten MVP (Ohio State)
Rece Davis - ESPN college sports commentator (Alabama)
Jennie Finch - Three-time NCAA All-American pitcher, softball (Arizona)
"One of the elements I love most about the Capital One Cup is the emphasis on winning national championships," said Advisory Board member and 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Flutie. "Last year, we saw many great programs win multiple championships to fight their way to the top of the standings. The Capital One Cup is the perfect barometer for program-wide athletic excellence, and I'm proud to be a part of it."
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $126.1 billion in deposits and $199.8 billion in total assets outstanding as of June 30, 2011. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot team, Capital One Academic All-America Program, and supports all 89 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.
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The final gymnastics camp of the summer took play Aug. 1-5. Watch video of the final dances and see pictures below.
Check out some photos of camp and video of the final dances.
Last week, approximately 70 young gymnasts filled the UW gymnastics practice room for the first of three summer sessions of camp. Monday-Friday the campers, taught by the UW coaches and student-athletes, learned tumbling, dance routines, and worked on the beam, vault and bars. Check out some pictures and video below from the week.
Head coach Joanne Bowers and assistant coach David McCreary went to the Junior Olympics for gymnastics in Long Beach last weekend. Below is a quick recap of how the future Huskies did at the meet written by Bowers.
McKenzie Fechter: She hit all 4 routines and medaled on beam with 4th place. She competed so well and will help us right away in every event.
Maddie Podlucky: She hit all 4 of her routines and medaled on floor with 8th place. She is so powerful and will be a great addition to our program.
Maddie Kratzke: She did really well on Vault and Floor. She had a few problems on bars and beam but still looked beautiful and shows a great deal of promise on those events.
They all competed very well in a big pressure meet and this bodes well for how they will compete for us. We are very excited for them to join our program in the Fall.
Brittany and Doris did not qualify to Nationals. Jackie is an elite so training for Cover Girl Classic and Visa Championships.
The UW gymnastics team is participating in Relay For Life put on by the American Cancer Society May 21-22 at Husky Stadium! Help support the team and the fight against cancer by making a donation to the team now! http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY11GW?pg=team&fr_id=34267&team_id=950666
Getting the opportunity to go to Nationals was an amazing experience. It started out so surreal - I didn't even realize that I had qualified originally, and even once I had, the disappointment of the team not making it seemed more important. But as the two weeks went by I began to get more and more excited, and finally the day came to leave for Cleveland. It was so different not having the whole team leave with me and just being with the coaches instead, but I knew that was something I needed to get used to for this trip.
When we got to Cleveland, there was a sign in the airport about nationals, and that made it seem more real. The room keys at the hotel were decorated for the meet too. This was actually happening!
The next morning, it was time for practice day. Rotating with Georgia, I didn't know what to expect, but they ended up being really nice and helpful. It was also an entirely new experience being on a podium, since that was something I had never done before either. Overall practice day went really well; it was just good to be able to soak everything in.
Saturday morning at 7 a.m., the alarm went off and it was time to start getting ready for the meet. It was a really different experience than most of our meets, since they are usually in the evening and we have the whole day to get ready! This early time was nice in one aspect, though - I didn't have time to sit around and get nervous!
Then, finally, after warm-up and march-in, the meet actually started. I competed after Georgia's rotation, which was also another new experience since my spot in the lineups is always at the beginnings. I was surprised to find that I wasn't nervous, especially at a meet like nationals. Being by myself, I knew that what I did had no effect on anyone else, and that took a lot of pressure out of the situation. I could just relax and do my routines like I practiced all year.
The rest of the weekend I got to spend time with family and watch the other sessions. Super 6 was probably my favorite of the weekend. There was so much going on and it was just amazing to be able to watch the national championships happen in person.
This whole experience was amazing and inspiring, and I'm so glad I got to experience it this year. I got to see where we want to be, and it just motivated me even more to work hard and go back next year - but this time, with the whole team!
Watch today's NCAA Gymnastics Championship Press Conference beginning at 10:50 a.m. PT. https://ksutube.kent.edu/new/watchlive.php?playthis=5147.
Sophomore Anna Epps captured the Dawgs behind the scenes at NCAA Regionals in Oklahoma. Watch her video below.
Watch the highlight video below of the UW gymnastics teams' incredible run in 2011.
Terry Wood from the Seattle Times previewed the upcoming gymnastics regionals, talking to senior Kristen Linton and head coach Joanne Bowers. Read a piece of the article below and the full story can be found at this link: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2014641676_uwgym31.html.
Rebuilding programs. The Washington gymnastics team and one of its senior captains, Kristen Linton of Edmonds, have both been engaged in one the past few years.
The fruits of both efforts will be on display Saturday when an ascending Huskies squad competes as the No. 3 seed in a six-team NCAA regional meet at the University of Oklahoma.
The top two teams advance to the NCAA national meet April 15. The Huskies, ranked 17th, need to bump off either fifth-ranked Oklahoma or seventh-ranked Utah to reach nationals for the first time since 1998.
Check out the recent feature story on gymnast Ruby Engreitz in the Kirland Reporter.
For almost the last two decades, Ruby Engreitz has donned leotards and hit the mats at gymnastics practice. It hasn't always been easy, certainly not always fun, but it is something she recently discovered a new love for.
The University of Washington junior, and member of the Huskies gymnastic team, is hitting her stride this season, posting career highs and winning events. For a time, though, it wasn't always an activity the Kirkland native necessarily loved to do.
Check out the 2011 UW gymnastics senior salute video by Jon Horton.
The 2011 gymnastics Pac-10 Championship meet on Saturday will be tape delayed on FSN. Below is a list of all of the days, channels and times you can watch the meet.
Network Date Time Zone L,D.R
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA Thursday - 03/24/2011 12:00 PM Pacific Delay
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA Sunday - 03/27/2011 3:00 PM Mountain Repeat
FOX SPORTS DETROIT Tuesday - 03/29/2011 12:00 PM Eastern Delay
FOX SPORTS FLORIDA Friday - 03/25/2011 12:00 PM Eastern Delay
FOX SPORTS HOUSTON Friday - 03/25/2011 11:00 AM Central Delay
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST (Non-Cardinals) Saturday - 03/26/2011 2:00 PM Central Delay
FOX SPORTS NORTH Thursday - 03/24/2011 12:00 PM Central Delay
FSN NORTHWEST Thursday - 03/24/2011 12:00 PM Pacific Delay
FSN NORTHWEST Thursday - 03/24/2011 6:30 PM Pacific Repeat
FSN NORTHWEST Saturday - 03/26/2011 1:00 PM Pacific Repeat
FSN NORTHWEST Sunday - 03/27/2011 1:00 PM Pacific Repeat
FOX SPORTS OHIO (Non-Cavaliers) Thursday - 03/24/2011 12:00 PM Eastern Delay
FOX SPORTS OHIO Saturday - 03/26/2011 3:00 PM Eastern Repeat
FSN PITTSBURGH Thursday - 03/24/2011 12:00 PM Eastern Delay
FSN ROCKY MOUNTAIN Thursday - 03/24/2011 12:00 PM Mountain Delay
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST Friday - 03/25/2011 11:00 AM Central Delay
FOX SPORTS WEST Thursday - 03/24/2011 6:00 PM Pacific Delay
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Friday - 03/25/2011 12:00 PM Central Delay
PRIME TICKET Friday - 03/25/2011 5:30 PM Pacific Delay
PRIME TICKET Sunday - 03/27/2011 8:00 PM Pacific Repeat
PRIME TICKET Monday - 03/28/2011 12:00 PM Pacific Repeat
PRIME TICKET Tuesday - 03/29/2011 5:00 PM Pacific Repeat
PRIME TICKET Wednesday - 03/30/2011 5:30 PM Pacific Repeat
PRIME TICKET Friday - 04/08/2011 4:30 PM Pacific Repeat
PRIME TICKET Monday - 04/18/2011 2:00 PM Pacific Repeat
PRIME TICKET Saturday - 04/30/2011 12:30 PM Pacific Repeat
COMCAST BAY AREA Saturday - 03/26/2011 2:30 PM Pacific Delay
COMCAST BAY AREA Thursday - 03/31/2011 4:30 PM Pacific Repeat
COMCAST CHICAGO Saturday - 03/26/2011 12:30 PM Central Delay
COMCAST CHICAGO Tuesday - 03/29/2011 8:30 PM Central Repeat
COMCAST CHICAGO Wednesday - 03/30/2011 2:30 AM Central Repeat
COMCAST MID ATLANTIC Saturday - 03/26/2011 11:30 AM Eastern Delay
COMCAST PHILADELPHIA Saturday - 03/26/2011 3:30 PM Eastern Delay
MSG PLUS Saturday - 03/26/2011 2:30 PM Eastern Delay
Watch some meet highlights from the March 11 meet vs. Air Force and SPU. It was senior day for Haley Bogart, Kristen Linton and Samantha Walior.
The No. 15 UW gymnastics team posted its highest team score in seven years, a 196.075 vs. Michigan State on March 4. Check out highlights from that meet below.
Check out some highlights from last week's meet at Oregon State.
Mention the name Kristen Linton around the Washington gymnastics team and prepare to hear more raves than at a Pixar media screening.
Photo by Ted Copeland.
Head coach Joanne Bowers on her senior gymnast Kristen Linton: "When you look at her on floor, her dance quality and her performance quality -- when she performs, everyone in the entire arena, just stops, and their mouths hang open."
Photo by Ted Copeland.
Senior Kristen Linton has embraced the team aspect of collegiate gymnastics.
Her fellow captain, senior Sam Walior, describes Linton as an "absolutely gorgeous" gymnast with gymnastics that are "beautiful to watch." Her head coach, Joanne Bowers, agrees.
"She is so beautiful, artistically, to watch," Bowers said. "When you look at her on floor, her dance quality and her performance quality -- when she performs, everyone in the entire place, no matter what arena, just stops, and their mouths hang open."
However, Linton wasn't always the gymnast who stops crowds whenever she puts on a leotard.
When Linton graduated from Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, Wash., she was finished with gymnastics. After two injury-plagued seasons, her junior and senior years of high school, Linton was set to enroll at Western Washington University -- a school without a gymnastics program.
Read the full story here: http://dailyuw.com/2011/2/24/walk-stardom/.
Check out some gymnastics meet highlights of the most recent meet at ASU.
Check out some meet highlights at Utah last weekend.
The gymnastics team played some basketball before practice on Monday as a part of "Monday Fun Day" for not counting a fall at the last meet at SPU.
Check out video highlights from the big win at SPU. The Huskies scored a season-best 195.800.
Check out some video highlights of last week's meet vs. Cal. Kristen Linton on bars, Sam Walior on beam and Kylie Sharp on the floor!
Check out the feature UWTV did on senior gymnast Kristen Linton.
The gymnastics team begins the 2011 season at 2 p.m. today at the Pac-10 Showcase at UCLA. The team arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon and went tot Hollywood before having dinner in Marina Del Rey. Check out some pictures in the photo gallery below. Check back next week for more photos from the team.
Check out the UW gymnastics feature from the Examiner.http://www.examiner.com/washington-huskies-in-seattle/husky-gymnastics-headed-right-direction.
Check out the New Year's greeting from the UW gymnastics team.
Hey Dawg Fans!
My name is Lara Albright and I'm one of the two freshmen on the gymnastics team this year. I moved to campus in August and it's already December. The time flew by! I actually just finished all of my finals today which means I have officially completed my first quarter here at the University of Washington.
I was so excited when I moved to Seattle that I didn't really think about how much adjusting would take place. Looking back now, I can definitely see how I have changed in order to balance academics and gymnastics.
Throughout high school I was the kid who wouldn't have to study and still aced every test. I started studying more for my classes once I got to UW and my hard work has definitely paid off.
The biggest thing I have learned during my first quarter is time management. With college level classes, gymnastics practices, study hall hours, and meeting new friends, it is important to find the right balance. After the first few weeks, I got the hang of how everything worked. I figured out the times I was able to do other things I enjoyed and my days began to feel much less overwhelming.
Check out pictures and video highlights from the 2010 Intrasquad gymnastics meet on Dec. 5, 2010 at Hec Ed.
The Pre-Season coaches poll is out and the Huskies are ranked 21st. Last season, the Dawgs got to as high as No. 20 after starting the season at No. 25.
Nearly all of the UW opponents this season are ranked or receiving votes, including No. 1 and defending champion UCLA. The Huskies will see them at the Pac-10 Preview in Los Angeles on Jan. 9 and the Pac-10 Championships on March 19, also in Los Angeles.
On Jan. 15, UW will face No. 18 Boise State and an Illinois State team that is receiving votes.
No. 4 Oklahoma will come to Hec Ed on Jan. 28. Washington then heads to Salt Lake City, Utah, to face No. 5 Utah on Feb. 11.
A dual meet with conference foe and No. 25 Arizona State will be in Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 18.
The Huskies travel to No. 8 Oregon State on Feb. 25 with UC Davis and San Jose State who is receiving votes.
Michigan State is also receiving votes and will be Seattle on March 4.
Other Pac-10 teams the Huskies will face that are ranked include: No. 6 Stanford and No. 19 Arizona.
To view the complete poll, click here: http://www.troester.com/gym/WRankings/2011/WPreseason.htm.
The gymnastics team held an intrasquad meet in their practice gym with judge on Nov. 11. Check out some video from the meet below.
Former UW gymnasts Kelly McDonald and Chelsea Bakken will perform with Le Reve tonight during the Latin Grammy's with Marc Anthony. The show begins at 5 p.m. on Univision.
In the spirit of Halloween, see what some of the gymnasts had to say about their costumes and favorite candy!
This year for Halloween I dressed as: a French maid
This year for Halloween I dressed as: a police officer
This year for Halloween I dressed as: bacon and Lauren was my egg!
This year for Halloween I dressed as: a police officer
This year for Halloween I dressed as: Minnie Mouse
This year for Halloween I dressed as: The pink Power Ranger
This year for Halloween I dressed as: a devil
My favorite scary movie is: Final Destination
This year for Halloween I dressed as: an egg
This year for Halloween I dressed as: A snowflake
This year for Halloween I dressed as: Allan from the Hangover
This year for Halloween I dressed as: Poison Ivy from Batman
This year for Halloween I dressed as: Charlie Brown
Check out a video of the gymnastics team learning a hip hop routine last week at practice.
Hi Gymdawg fans,
My name is Aliza Vaccher and I'm a freshman gymnast here at UW. As a freshman, I'm still learning exactly how everything works - but now that we're about five weeks into official practice and preseason, I'm getting there!
One thing I've learned in the past month is how different college life is than anything I've experienced before. Even though our hours are technically less than what I was used to in club, our days can be just as intense! Up until this week our days started with 6 a.m. cardio on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, which although it was difficult, will definitely pay off for us in the long run. Now that 6 a.m. cardio is over, however, a few extra hours of sleep is much welcomed!
This first quarter my classes are part of a FIG, or Freshman Interest Group, which also means that I have 12 credit hours - making my schedule very manageable. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, my day starts with my Political Science lecture at 9:30 a.m., and ends with the connected English Class at 11:30 a.m. On Tuesday's and Thursday's, class begins at 8:30 a.m. with section for Poly Sci. Thursday's this is my only class, which is extremely nice. Tuesday's I also have my FIG general studies class.
After class is over, I get ready for practice. Every day is different, and that is one major difference I have found in college - the amount of independence and self reliance that is just not present in high school. Some days I can go to study table - freshmen are required to do six hours a week - some days I can do our independent weights and cardio time and some days I can just go to the locker room and take a nap!
At 2:00 p.m. it's time for practice. Training room lasts until 2:30 p.m., and during this time anyone who needs it goes to get treatment, taping and basically anything else you could need down in the training room. Anyone who needs a little extra work on something can also go into the gym to work on it during this time. Practice lasts until 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (then we go to weights), and 6 p.m. every other day. One thing about college workouts is because of the time limits given to us, we have to be extremely efficient with our time. This is one adjustment I am still working on, but I definitely think it is a positive thing and good skill to learn.
After practice, we have training table, which is our dinner. This is something I'm really enjoying here at UW, and something that no other school I visited had. It is essentially a dinner buffet specifically for athletes - it's really convenient to have access to a good, healthy dinner every night! Also, getting to eat and hang out with your teammates every night is a lot of fun and brings us closer together.
Next, it's time for homework. Some nights I have tutoring, which I have found can be really helpful! Even if I don't, I usually stay at the shellhouse to study - freshmen are required to log six hours a week.
And finally, I get to go home and hopefully relax a little. We have long and tiring days, but it's been such an amazing experience so far and I love being here as part of UW gymnastics! J
The 2010-11 gymnastics team recently took a weekend trip to Lake Chelan where the team enjoyed some grass volleyball and the water. Check out some pictures below and the complete photo gallery.
Check out the gymnastics team painting pottery this week in the University District.
Former Husky gymnast Kelly McDonald and some of the cast of the hit Vegas show La Reve performed on the Ellen Show last week. Check out the performance here:
Former UW gymnasts Kelly McDonald and Chelsea Bakken are in their third seasons of performing with the show La Reve in Los Vegas.
A few weeks ago, McDonald and some of the cast of La Reve performed on America's Got Talent. Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 23, that same group will perform on the Ellen show.
The group will also perform during the Latin Grammy's. More information on that performance to come.
Check out the interview with freshman gymnast Lara Albright after her first practice.
The women's gymnastics team gets their gear during the first day of practice. Video recorded by assistant coach David McCreary.
Husky gymnastics fans be sure to watch America's Got Talent tonight as former UW gymnast Kelly McDonald will be performing with La Reve during the show. It begins at 9 p.m. on NBC!
Check out the story that was written on Kelly and Chelsea Bakken recently on gohuskies.com: /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=208014645.
Blog from gymnast Hatsune Akaogi:
Amanda, Ruby and I took a trip to the Hawaii, the "Big Island" and stayed with our roommate who lives on the north part of the island. We went for eight days and had a blast. We went to the beach a lot, saw the volcano, went to the beautiful Pololu Valley, kayaked in the irrigation ditches, hiked to some waterfalls, saw manta rays, sea turtles and a dead whale and basically just enjoyed the beautiful weather and waters every day that we were there. We loved the food there also! Some of our favorites include poke (raw fish) and the Hawaiian-style breakfasts. We had been looking forward to this trip all spring quarter and it was well worth the wait. We had such a good, relaxing time and couldn't have asked for a better start to our summers.
Washington juniors Kristen Linton and Samantha Walior enjoyed their time in Gainesville, Fla., where they competed recently at the 2010 National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships.
The duo advanced to the national meet on floor exercise after tying for the NCAA Regional title in Salt Lake City with 9.900 scores. It marked the first time more than one UW gymnast advanced to nationals since 2003. Head coach Joanne Bowers has now sent athletes to the finals in three of her four seasons.
Click on the link below to view a photo gallery of Linton and Walior's experience.
Follow the link below to check out Samantha Walior's bars routine last Friday at Seattle Pacific, for which the junior earned a score of 9.900 to win the event. That scored tied a season high for the Huskies on bars and a career-high for Walior.
Watch Samantha Walior's 9.900
The Huskies head down to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend for the Pac-10 Championships. UW is on a roll and will look to improve on last year's fourth-place conference finish, their highest in six years. Live results will be available for the meet on GoHuskies.com. Competition starts Saturday, March 27 at 3 p.m. PT.
If you haven't been around Husky Stadium since the Dawgs knocked off Cal 42-10 to end the season, you haven't had a chance to see the massive construction project taking place in what, for years, was the E-11, E-17 and E-12 parking lots on the south side of the stadium. (Click on the photos to see larger versions)
Every season ticket holder and Tyee Club member has received information through the mail, email, internet and, in many cases, by telephone regarding the significant impact the voter-approved Sound Transit project will have on Husky athletics for the next six years.
The Reader's Digest version (for you younger generation folks, this means "condensed") is: A six acre construction zone for the next six years has eliminated approximately 600 spaces in parking lots E11, E12 and E17. The project to build a UW Sound Transit Station for light rail was approved by King County voters and has caused some major changes in the way the UW handles parking for major events on campus - most notably Husky football games.
With an upheaval in parking assignments, the athletic department is looking to help alleviate some of the inconvenience with an expansion of its popular free Metro bus transportation system throughout the Puget Sound (a roughly $600,000 annual expense to UW athletics) and the addition of buses, carts and vans to shuttle fans to and from the stadium to the various parking lots.
Chris Fetters of Sports Washington wrote this piece in late November that described many of the changes.
If you are looking for specific information regarding your season tickets or Tyee membership and how that affects your parking, please visit this website or call the Tyee Office at (206) 543-2234.
The voter-approved Sound Transit project to construct a light rail station outside Husky Stadium jumped quickly into its first phase recently. A quick look at the E-11 and E-12 parking lots just to the South of Husky Stadium shows a flurry of construction activity. (Click on the photo to the right for a larger version).
GoHuskies.com has setup a great website that provides in-depth information on the project and its six-year impact on Husky athletics.
Also, Chris Fetters of Sports Washington wrote a good explanation of the project and its impact on Husky football parking in November.
We'll have more updates throughout the spring, leading into next year's 2010 Husky football season. So, keep tuned to GoHuskies.com.
Site preparation for Sound Transit's UW Station construction will start at the E11 parking lot (SW parking lot adjacent to the Husky Stadium) on January 4, 2010 at 7 a.m.
Here is a quick look at the work activities scheduled for January 2010:
? Fencing off a portion of the southwest parking lot of Husky Stadium;
Visit the Tyee website for more information.
The NCAA released its annual report of graduation success rates among Division I instititions and, once again, the University of Washington showed it ranks second in the Pac-10 and second among all public institutions on the West Coast. Washington's football federal graduation rate is just two percent shy of the rate for all Division I student-athletes. For the complete story and links to the NCAA reports, visit this piece posted yesterday on GoHuskies.com. The Associated Press also wrote a good story on the topic, which you can find here.
A couple of facts that were not widely reported included the graduation success rate (GSR) among football programs in the Pac-10. Among scholarship athletes, the Huskies rate second in the league in both graduation success rate and the four-year rolling federal graduation rate average. Below is a chart showing how the UW fares against league rivals.
A couple of other key facts that the report revealed about the academic success of various UW sports programs:
? The graduation rate for UW scholarship student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility at the school during this reporting period was an impressive 90 percent. A total of 503 student-athletes fit into this category.
Recently, Washington Husky athletic department officials and student-athletes showed their appreciation to its scholarship donors at its annual luncheon in the Don James Center. Husky student-athletes Victor Aiyewa and Danielle Lawrie presented thanks to the benefactors on behalf of all of the UW's scholarship student-athletes.
Check out this great photo gallery from the event.
Women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore gave a passionate speech that outlined the tremendous responsibility each coach accepts as they makes decisions on who and when to award athletic scholarships.
"As a coach I am entrusted with the task of awarding scholarships to young women whom my staff and I determine are worthy of your generosity," said Gallimore. "This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I have done nothing for the dollars that I am doling out. It is not my hard work that has made these scholarships possible and yet it is my duty to select people that will live up to their commitment of striving for athletic and academic excellence.
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