No. 18 Husky Gymnasts Fall To No. 4 Utah

Jan. 13, 2006

Seattle - The fourth-ranked Utah Utes (2-0) downed the Washington Husky gymnastics team 195.625-193.325 at Bank of America Arena on Friday night in front of 943 fans. Utah All-American Ashley Postell won all-round, vault and beam to pace the Utes, who won all events during the evening. Kelly McDonald (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) led the Huskies, finishing second on beam and bars.

'We scored a 193 tonight after scoring a 190 in Hawaii. We just look at where we're going, so I was very pleased with what the kids did,' said Washington Head Coach Bob Levesque.

The Huskies (2-4) began the evening on vault, where freshman Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont./Welland Secondary) led the way for the Gym Dawgs. She took third overall scoring a career-high 9.875. Utah won the event with Ashley Postell and Normandy Park, Washington's Kristina Braskett sharing top honors, each scoring 9.900. Freshman Kristen Omori (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita HS) was the Huskies next highest finisher, scoring an impressive 9.825 to tie for sixth. The Huskies scored 48.675, while Utah tallied 49.325 on vault.

The Huskies moved to bars for their second event of the evening and McDonald paced the Huskies' effort, tying for second with Braskett scoring a 9.850. Raimey Iselin (Lake Tapps, Wash./Auburn Riverside HS) tied for fifth (9.700) to be the Huskies next highest finisher on bars. Nicolle Ford won the event for the Utes, tallying a 9.900.

The third event for the Huskies, beam, proved to be the toughest on the evening for both teams. Washington and Utah both had to count falls towards their team totals, with the Huskies scoring a 47.850 and Utah scoring 48.425. Postell posted a 9.875 to win beam, while McDonald tied Utah's Nicolle Ford and Gritt Hoffmann with a 9.850 for second place.

The Huskies wrapped up the evening on floor, where Omori tied Postell for second place with a 9.825 to pace the Huskies. Jessica Duke won floor with a 9.850.

The Huskies return to action on Friday, January 20 at Bank of America Arena where they will take on Pac-10 rival UCLA at 7 p.m.

Team Scoring          Vault     Bars     Beam    Floor       Total 1. Utah             49.325   48.925   48.425   48.925     195.625 2. Washington       48.675   48.225   47.850   48.575     193.325

Vault 1. Ashley Postell, Utah 9.900 Kristina Braskett, Utah 9.900 3. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.875 4. Nina Kim, Utah 9.850 Jessica Duke, Utah 9.850 6. Kristen Omori, UW 9.825 Gritt Hoffmann, Utah 9.825 8. Gabriella Onodi, Utah 9.725 9. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.70010. Katie Boyko, UW 9.65011. Emily Epsten, UW 9.62512. Natalie Gillan, UW 9.525 Tori Quandt, UW 9.625 (exh.)

Bars 1. Nicolle Ford, Utah 9.900 2. Kelly McDonald, UW 9.850 Kristina Braskett, Utah 9.850 4. Jessica Duke, Utah 9.800 5. Raimey Iselin, UW 9.700 Nina Kim, Utah 9.700 7. Natalie Nicoloff, Utah 9.675 8. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.600 9. Darcee Schiller, UW 9.55010. Natalie Gillan, UW 9.52511. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.37512. Ashley Postell, Utah 9.200 Jennifer Chang, UW 9.050 (exh.)

Beam 1. Ashley Postell, Utah 9.875 2. Kelly McDonald, UW 9.850 Gritt Hoffmann, Utah 9.850 Nicolle Ford, Utah 9.850 5. Nina Kim, Utah 9.725 6. Natalie Gillan, UW 9.650 7. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.650 8. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.575 9. Kelly Gilbert, UW 9.15010. Kristen Riffanacht, Utah 9.12511. Gabriella Onodi, Utah 9.07512. Kristen Omori, UW 7.975 Kristina Braskett, Utah 9.900 (exh.) Jennifer Chang, UW 9.600 (exh.)

Floor 1. Jessica Duke, Utah 9.850 2. Kristen Omori, UW 9.825 Ashley Postell, Utah 9.825 4. Gritt Hoffmann, Utah 9.800 5. Kristina Braskett, Utah 9.775 6. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.750 7. Kelly Gilbert, UW 9.700 Gabriella Onodi, Utah 9.700 9. Nina Kim, Utah 8.67510. Natalie Gillan, UW 9.65011. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.55012. Tori Quandt, UW 9.500

All-Around 1. Ashley Postell, Utah 38.800 2. Chelsea Bakken, UW 38.625 3. Ashley Houghting, UW 38.525 4. Natalie Gillan, UW 38.350 5. Nina Kim, Utah 37.950

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