Lauren Rogers and the Huskies face Stanford this weekend.
Jan. 20, 2012
Weekly Notes, Stanford
The Gym Dawgs will face No. 14 Stanford on Jan. 22 at 2 pm PT in their third of three-straight road meets to begin the 2012 season. Washington last faced Stanford in the Pac-10 Championships last season when Washington placed third, tying for their best ever finish at Pac-10’s with a score of 196.025. Stanford finished right behind the Huskies, placing fourth with a score of 195.975. Before last season’s Pac-10’s, Washington had previously faced Stanford four times, with Stanford emerging victorious in all four contests. The last time the two teams met during the regular season was in 2010 during a quad meet with Stanford, San Jose State, and Sacramento State. Stanford won the meet with a score of 196.650 and Washington placed second with a score of 194.075. Stanford opened their season last weekend with a quad meet win over San Jose State, Sacramento State, and UC Davis during which freshman Pauline Hanset was a standout in her collegiate debut. Stanford has won every home meet at Burnham Pavilion for the past four seasons.
Rogers Posts Big Numbers Versus Boise State
In their second of three-straight road meets to start the season, No. 16 UW came from behind but was barely edged out by No. 14 Boise State, who won the meet 194.400-193.425. Despite the loss, it was Washington’s highest score of the season. A Husky won three of the four events as well as the all-around as junior Lauren Rogers won vault and all-around, junior Megan Whitney won the balance beam, and freshman McKenzie Fechter won the floor. This was the first career vault title for Rogers, as she scored a career best 9.875. Boise State’s Ciera Perkins won the bars with a 9.900.
Engreitz, Cline, Bixler & Fechter Help Team to Opening Meet Win
UW won its 2012 opener at Michigan State, 193.175-191.825. Although the Husky scores weren’t quite what they expected and despite several falls on floor, UW rebounded to post a solid score on beam and still get the win. A Husky won all four events including the all-around which was won by senior Ruby Engreitz. Engreitz also won the bars. Junior Amanda Cline won vault, junior Paige Bixler was top on beam and freshman McKenzie Fechter won the floor.
Huskies Look Forward To Exciting 2012 Season
The 2012 Gym Dawgs are excited for the new season as they welcome four incoming freshmen this season - Doris Lynk, Madison Podlucky, Jackie McCartin, and McKenzie Fechter - as well as a new assistant coach, Olympic bronze medalist, Elise Ray. Only one of the four incoming freshman is a local talent, Podlucky, hailing from Redmond, Wash. Alongside McCartin (West Covina, Calif.), Lynk (Chandler, Ariz.) and Fechter (Mequon, Wis.), the freshmen are already making a difference early when added to an already strong returning team that just missed out on Nationals a year ago. Ray grew up in Maryland, where she attended high school and last lived, but has history with Coach Bowers from competing for her at the University of Michigan.
Huskies Picked 16th In National Pre-Season Poll
After finishing 18th in the country last season and just missing out on a trip to NCAA Nationals, the UW gymnastics team was ranked No. 16 in the GymInfo Pre-Season Coaches poll.
Huskies Face Tough Schedule This Season
Every Division I opponent on UW’s schedule was ranked or receiving votes in the preseason poll. Preseason No. 1 UCLA will be the home opener for UW on Jan. 27. The Huskies will also face No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Oregon State, No. 8 Stanford, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 LSU, No. 14 Boise State, No. 19 Arizona and the following teams that are receiving votes: Michigan State, Southern Utah, Arizona State, San Jose State, Central Michigan and Cal.
The Huskies started the 2012 season on Jan. 6 at Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. PT.
In 2011 the Huskies had one of the best seasons in school history, placing a school-best third place at the Pac-10 Championships, beating out Stanford. UW then was leading this year’s new conference opponent Utah, at the Regionals after three events and just missed going to nationals.
The Pac-12 Championships will be hosted by No. 5 Utah on March 24.
UW will host the NCAA Regionals this year at 4 p.m. on April 7.