Feb. 8, 2012
SEATTLE - After five-straight dual meets to open the season, the No. 20-ranked UW gymnastics team will compete in its first Quad Meet of 2012 at Nebraska on Friday. The meet begins at 4 p.m. PST as UW faces the No. 8 Huskers, No. 22 Michigan and Southern Utah. Free live stats can be found here: http://www.huskers.com//liveStats/liveStats.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100. Video comes with a subscription: http://www.huskers.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&DB_OEM_ID=100&KEY=.
Scouting No. 8 Nebraska
Nebraska is 5-1 on the year and ranked No. 8 this week, moving up one spot from last week. In the second week of the season, the Huskers were ranked No. 1 in the country. Their season average is 196.113 and they have a high score of 197.375. This will be their third meet at home this season and second-straight dual meet. As a team they rank fourth on vault (49.300), fourth on bars (49.188), 20th on beam (48.481) and second on floor (49.144). Individually, freshman Jessie DeZiel has been named the Big 10 Freshman of the Week four times and ranks sixth in the country in the all-around with an average of 39.463. Lora Evenstad is ninth with a 39.417 and Emily Wong is 18th with a 39.250. On vault, Janelle Giblin is third with a 9.925 and DeZiel ranks 14th (9.888). Giblin is third on bars with a 9.888 average while Evenstad ranks 8th (9.850) and DeZiel is 23rd with a 9.838. DeZiel is the top Husker on beam with a 9.856 average. Evanstad leads the team on floor with a 9.906 and DeZiel ranks 12th with a 9.881. Nebraska and UW last met in 2010 with the Huskers pulling out the victory.
Scouting No. 22 Michigan
Michigan is just two spots below UW in the polls at No. 22 with a 194.381 average. They have a high score of 195.500. They are a perfect 4-0 on the year and looking for their second-straight 5-0 start to a season. Joanna Sampson is their leader in the all-around, averaging a 38.956. Sachi Sugiyama is 21st on vault (9.875) and also leads the team on bars (9.806). Brittnee Martinez leads the team on beam (9.694) and Rema Zakharia on floor (9.838). In the team rankings, Michigan is 11th on vault (49.163) and 16th on bars (48.744). UW and Michigan last faced each other in the regular season in 2002 as the Wolverines won that tri-meet, Denver took second and UW finished third.
Scouting Southern Utah
Southern Utah and the Huskies are believed to be meeting for the first time in school history in the sport of gymnastics. The Thunderbirds compete in the WAC for gymnastics. They are 2-4 on the year with wins over Utah State and Boise State. This will be their first Quad Meet of the season. They are ranked 34th in the country with an average scores of 193.360 and a high of 194.525. On the beam, Alyssa Click is 13th with a 9.844.
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 are also available on ticketmaster.com. 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 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.
Huskies Fall To No. 8 Oregon State At Home
The Beavers were firing on all cylinders and they handed UW its first home loss of the season on Feb. 3, 195.975-194.725. UW hit a new team season-high on floor with a 48.975. The Huskies also had two event winners as junior Lauren Rogers tied for the vault title with a 9.850 and senior Ruby Engreitz tied for the floor title with a 9.850 as well. Sophomore Aliza Vaccher was the top Husky in the all-around, placing fourth with a 38.900.
Huskies In The National Rankings
As a team, UW ranks No. 20 in this week's rankings with a 194.480 average and a team-high of 195.725. As a team, UW is 25th on vault (48.795), 17th on bars (48.730) and 12th on beam (48.710).
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.