Huskies Finish Fourth at Hawaiian Classic

Jan. 4, 2006

Kailua, Hawaii - The 18th-ranked Washington Husky gymnastics team got the 2006 season underway at the Hawaiian Classic in Kailua, Hawaii late Tuesday night and finished fourth among six teams at the competition.

Third-ranked UCLA won the meet with a score of 193.775, No. 13 Oregon State was second with 191.925, while 20th-ranked Arkansas finished third with 190.625. The Huskies (2-3) scored 190.425, while Cal tallied 189.350 and Sacramento State totaled 188.075.

Senior Kelly McDonald (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) and freshman Ashley Houghting (Welland Ont./Northview Heights Secondary) each won events for the Huskies. McDonald scored a 9.850 on bars to win her 15th career event, fifth on bars. Houghting debuted for the Huskies by tying for first on vault with UCLA's Kate Richardson with a score of 9.850.

Junior Chelsea Bakken (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View HS) and sophomore Natalie Gillan (Denver, Colo./Pomona HS) competed all-around for the Huskies. Bakken tallied a fifth-place total of 38.350, while Gillan tallied a 37.400.

The meet was tightly judged all evening as no team scored above a 49 on any one event. UCLA was the only team to tally a 48 or higher on all events. The Huskies did not count a fall on any events and faired best on bars, tallying a 48.075.

Washington returns to the mat Friday, January 13 to face second-ranked Utah at Bank of America Arena at 7:00 p.m. PT.

Team Scoring	 Vault	  Bars	  Beam	 Floor	  TotalUCLA	        48.875	48.550	48.075	48.275	193.775Oregon State	48.000	48.475	47.750	47.700	191.925Arkansas	48.250	47.875	46.850	47.650	190.625Washington	47.950	48.075	47.400	47.000	190.425California	47.100	48.450	47.175	46.625	189.350Sacramento St.	47.150	47.300	47.125	46.500	188.075

Vault 1. Ashley Houghting UW 9.850 Kate Richardson UCLA 9.850 3. Kristina Comforte UCLA 9.825

Other Huskies: Kristen Omori UW 9.800 Chelsea Bakken UW 9.775 Emily Epsten UW 9.375 Natalie Gillan UW 9.150 Raimey Iselin UW 9.100

Bars 1. Kelly McDonald UW 9.850 2. Jami Lanz OSU 9.850 3. Emily Peacock ARK 9.800

Other Huskies: Natalie Gillan UW 9.675 Chelsea Bakken UW 9.600 Darcee Schiller UW 9.575 Ashley Houghting UW 9.375 Raimey Iselin UW 9.150

Beam 1. Claire Pierce OSU 9.725 2. Kristina Comforte UCLA 9.700 3. Melissa Chan UCLA 9.675

Huskies: Kelly McDonald UW 9.650 Kristen Omori UW 9.600 Chelsea Bakken UW 9.500 Ashley Houghting UW 9.450 Natalie Gillan UW 9.200 Kelly Gilbert UW 8.825

Floor 1. Kate Richardson UCLA 9.800 2. Janelle Dantzscher UCLA 9.725 3. Maranda Smith UCLA 9.675 Audra Loveless ARK 9.675

Huskies: Chelsea Bakken UW 9.475 Kristen Omori UW 9.400 Kelly Gilbert UW 9.400 Natalie Gillan UW 9.375 Tori Quandt UW 9.350 Raimey Iselin UW 9.050

All Around 1. Kate Richardson UCLA 38.750 2. Jami Lanz OSU 38.650 3. Melissa Chan UCLA 38.600

Huskies: 5. Chelsea Bakken UW 38.35011. Natalie Gillan UW 37.400

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