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GymDawgs Look To Bounce Back At BYU
Release: 03/05/2014
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SEATTLE -- The Washington gymnastics team will head to Provo, Utah this weekend to close their three-week road streak against Brigham Young on Fri. March 7 at 6:00 p.m. PT at Smith Fieldhouse. Live stats will be available here and as always follow along with the team on twitter (@UWGymnastics) for the most up to the minute information.

After a disappointing start on bars, an injury for freshman all-arounder Janae Janik during warm-ups for rotation two and trouble through the remaining rotations for the Huskies, it became clear that the team needed to regroup this week in practice. Head coach Joanne Bowers is ready for the challenge.

“We were all just really disappointed in a lot of ways. We felt like we had an opportunity, we thought we were ready, thought we had a good week at practice. But it turned into one of those meets where we were thinking, ‘what is going to happen next?’,” Bowers said.

“Last week was hard, but we’re not making excuses. We’re at a place now where we are just going to go out and do what we know how to do. We are going to put our best foot forward at these last few meets and see where we can go with it.”

In Provo this weekend, the Huskies will look to all-around staples Aliza Vaccher and Allison Northey to anchor the line-ups, with help from a new member to the all-around group; junior Jackie McCartin.

McCartin competed in her first collegiate all-around last weekend at Utah and took home second place and the “Most Valuable Gymnasts” award for UW. This week, she will likely be all-around again.

“Jackie has been showing great leadership qualities in and out of the gym with the team. I feel like she is gaining her confidence week-in and week-out. She’s digging deep even on days when she is struggling in practice, she is finding a way to get it done,” Bowers said.

BYU has scored a 195.000 or higher in each of its last three meets, most recently placing second with a 195.325 in a tri-meet at No. 8 Michigan, who won the meet with a 197.200. Kent State rounded out the match-up taking home third.

Next week the GymDawgs will return to Alaska Airlines Arena for senior night where they will take on No. 15 Oregon State and cross-town rival Seattle Pacific at 7:00 p.m. PT on Fri. March 14.

Projected Line-Ups:

1. Faith Morrison
2. Madison Podlucky
3. Allison Northey
4. Aliza Vaccher
5. Alexandra Yacalis
6. Jackie McCartin

1. Kaitlyn Duranczyk
2. Allison Northey
3. Sheridan Metcalf
4. Aliza Vaccher
5. Jackie McCartin
6. Alexandra Yacalis

1. McKenzie Fechter
2. Allison Northey
3. Alexandra Yacalis
4. Kaitlyn Duranczyk
5. Aliza Vaccher
6. Jackie McCartin

1. Allison Northey
2. Madison Podlucky
3. Jackie McCartin
4. Alexandra Yacalis
5. Aliza Vaccher
6. Kaitlyn Duranczyk
Exh. Faith Morrison

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