Junior Paige Bixler tied for fourth on beam vs. UCLA.
Jan. 30, 2012
SEATTLE - The 2012 home opener for the UW gymnastics team couldn't have gone much better as the Huskies upset then-ranked No. 1 and undefeated UCLA. This week, UW welcomes another top-ranked Pac-12 foe in No. 8 Oregon State, Friday at 7 p.m. It will be Dad's and Daughter's Night and fans can watch live streaming/audio at gohuskies.com and also chat live with former Husky Samantha Walior. Live stats will also be available, all for free.
Scouting No. 8 Oregon State
The Beavers moved up two spots in the rankings this week to No. 8 with an average of 196.050 and a high of 196.800 on the year. As a team, they rank 18th on vault (48.867), third on bars (49.217), 10th on beam (48.775) and third on floor (49.192). Individually, Leslie Mak ranks eighth in the country in the all-around with an average of 39.392 and Makayla Stambaugh is 17th with a 39.242. Four Beavers rank in the top 25 on bars; Mak is first on beam and three rank amongst the best on floor. OSU had its highest score of the season last week, defeating No. 12 Stanford.
2012 Seattle Regional Tickets On Sale
For the first time since 2009, an NCAA Gymnastics Regional will be held at the University of Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena on April 7. This will be one of six NCAA Regional sites around the country and will include six teams and other qualifying individuals that will be announced two weeks prior to the event. Tickets went on sale Friday, Jan. 27 at 8:30 a.m. PT. You can order by walking into the Husky Ticket Office in the Graves Building on campus or by calling the ticket office at (206) 543-2200. Tickets will be available on ticketmaster.com in approximately one week. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Husky Ticket Booth at Friday's 7 p.m. home meet vs. No. 1 UCLA. Tickets are $12 for reserved seating, $9 for general admission adult, $6 for children and students and $4 for the group discount of 15+. More information about the 2012 Seattle Regional will be posted as the event gets closer.
UW TV To Tape Delay All Home Meets
UW TV (Chanel 27 in the Puget Sound Region) will tape delay all five of the 2012 home gymnastics meets. UW TV will tape each meet live and air them on a later date. The opening home meet vs. UCLA will air Feb. 3. The Oregon State meet will air Feb. 10, the LSU/SPU meet on Feb. 24, the Arizona State meet on March 9 and the SJSU/Central Michigan meet on March 16. All meets will air at 10 p.m. PT. Fans can watch the live streaming of the event under Husky All Access for free at www.gohuskies.com. Live chat and stats will also be available online for free. A former gymnast herself, Alisa Mowe will be calling all of the action for you on the live stream and on the UW TV broadcasts. This is her fifth year calling the meets and has been tabbed one of the best across the country. Visit http://www.uwtv.org/gymnastics/ for more information on UW TV's coverage of Husky gymnastics and other UW sports.
Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships To Be Televised on Fox Sports Net
Fans will have the special opportunity to see the Husky Gym Dawgs on Fox Sports Net in March. As part of the Pac-12 conference's agreement with Fox Sports Net, the Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships will be televised on the network. The competition will take place on March 24, 2012 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on the campus of the University of Utah. The championships will be tape-delayed and played at a later date, TBD, during the weekend after March 29, 2012. The Husky gymnasts and other Pac-12 gymnasts are honored and excited for this event, as this will be the only televised collegiate gymnastics event for the 2012 season. Jim Watson will provide the play-by-play and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden will provide analysis.
Engreitz Named GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete Of The Week
Senior Ruby Engreitz was named the GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 23-29. This is the first such honor for the gymnastics team on the year. The Kirkland, Wash., native led the No. 22-ranked UW gymnastics team to one of the biggest upsets in school history as the Huskies knocked on No. 1, and undefeated, UCLA in the home opener, 195.350-194.600.
Engreitz won two events and the all-around while posting five season-bests. It was her second bars win of the year with a 9.850, her first floor win with a new career-high of 9.875 and second all-around with a 39.325. This was just the third win ever for UW over UCLA and first since 2004.
Huskies In The National Rankings
As a team, UW ranks in the top 25 in three events. The Huskies are 24th on vault (48.781), 16th on bars (48.744) and ninth on beam (48.831).
No. 22 Huskies Upset No. 1 UCLA In First Home Meet
The No. 22-ranked UW gymnastics team pulled a huge upset in its first home meet of 2012, knocking off undefeated and No. 1 UCLA 195.350-194.600. The Huskies led after every rotation and beat the Bruins for just the third time in school history and first since 2004. This is the second-best score of the season for the Huskies who nearly pulled an upset over Stanford last weekend. Senior Ruby Engreitz (Kirkland, Wash.) set a new career-high on the floor, winning the event with a 9.875. Engreitz also won the all-around with a 39.325 and the bars with a 9.85, both season-highs. She set season-highs on every event, including a 9.8 on vault and a 9.8 on beam. Sophomore Aliza Vaccher (Eugene, Ore.) set a season-high on floor with a 9.725 and finished second in the all-around with a 38.875. Junior Lauren Rogers (Plains, Pa.) tied for second on vault with a 9.825.She also had a season-best on floor of 9.850. Hatsune Akaogi (Cupertino, Calif.) finished third on beam with a 9.800 and performed on beam for the first time this season, posting a solid 9.75. Junior Phoebe Tham (North Vancouver, B.C.) set season-highs on bars and floor. The Huskies hit all of their routines on bars and beam. UW continues to improve its floor score with another season-best of 48.925. UCLA was averaging a 196.775 on the year and hadn't scored a 194 since early last season.