SEATTLE -- This Saturday the 24th-ranked University of Washington women’s gymnastics team will play host to the No. 12 Sanford Cardinal at 4:00 p.m. PT at Alaska Airlines Arena for the team’s annual Pink Meet for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The GymDawgs return home after two weeks on the road that saw a victory at Seattle Pacific (193.925-193.425) and the team post its highest score of the season (195.175) at No. 13 Arizona just last week.
“I’m so proud of our girls for that meet. We finally started to build on the momentum that we had after our first meet. It was great to get a really solid away score against a team as strong as Arizona is,” said head coach Joanne Bowers.
That season high score also included a season high on the uneven bars of 49.075, led by a season and career-high tying score of 9.875 from junior Jackie McCartin, who will likely compete on all four events for the Huskies this week.
“Overall, the team just keeps getting better, they are putting in so much hard work in the gym and it is starting to really show. I’m so excited for us to be back at home, especially for the freshmen. It is a perfect time for us to get back to our own gym and to really capitalize on the success of our last road meet,” Bowers continued.
The team will also be looking toward their two consistent all-arounders senior Aliza Vaccher and sophomore Allison Northey to keep the steady improvement of the team going and to take full advantage of being home for the next two weeks.
Stanford (10-1, 2-1 Pac-12) is coming off of a 197.100-195.750 defeat at the hands of the 16th-ranked Oregon State Beavers on Monday night. Despite not taking top honors as a team, the Cardinal had some excellent individual performances including two 9.900s on vault, another 9.900 on beam and a 9.925 on floor.
The two teams met twice last year, at Pac-12 Championships and at NCAA Regionals in Norman, Okla. Stanford placed just ahead of the UW first at Pac-12s and then again at Regionals, narrowly edging the Huskies out of a berth to NCAA Nationals.
“Stanford is such a great team always, but especially this year. We’re really looking forward to seeing them at home and taking the opportunity to keep improving our scores. These next two weeks are going to be very good for us and I’m excited to see what our girls are going to do,” Bowers concluded.
The meet is club night for the GymDawgs, and admission will be free for anyone eighth grade or younger who comes to the meet in their club’s gear. It is also a Dads and Daughters meet that will feature a special chat post-meet for UW Dads and Daughters members. For more information on tickets, visit gohuskies.com/tickets or call the ticket office at (206) 543-2200.