Houghting Wins Sixth Vault Title in Seven Tries

Feb. 12, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Ashley Houghting won at least a share of the vault title for the fifth-straight meet and for the sixth time in seven competitions to lead the Husky gymnastics team in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Washington scored its second-highest team score of the season (193.200) on the heels of posting their season-low score on Friday at Utah State, but 11th-ranked UCLA won the meet with a 195.550.

UCLA was in top form early, setting team season-highs on vault and bars in the first two rotations. The Huskies remained close to the Bruins, tallying their second-highest score this season on bars (48.150) but were unable to overcome the five-time NCAA champions.

Houghting (Welland, Ont./Northview Heights Secondary) scored a 9.900 to tie UCLA's Kristina Comforte and Jordan Schwikert for first-place on vault and earn the Huskies' lone top individual honor during the afternoon. No UCLA gymnast scored below a 9.800 on vault and UCLA tallied a 49.275. Kristen Omori (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita HS) and Emily Epsten (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker HS) were the Huskies next highest scorers and tied for seventh with 9.800.

UCLA swept the top-three individual spots on bars, led by Kate Richardson's 9.925. UCLA's lowest score was a 9.750 and the team totaled 49.300. Kelly McDonald (Seattle/Roosevelt HS) tied for fourth with a 9.825. UW's Chelsea Bakken (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View HS) scored a 9.750 to tie for sixth and Darcee Schiller (Abbottsford, B.C./Bateman Secondary) was ninth after scoring a career-best 9.725.

Washington was on floor for its third rotation and the Huskies were forced to count a fall toward their team total of 47.525. UCLA scored a 48.975, led by Jordan Schwikert's 9.900. Omori was the Huskies top scorer, posting a 9.750 to finish fifth.

Washington scored its second-highest team total this season with a 48.725 on beam in the final rotation. UCLA scored a season low 48.000 to hand the Huskies their lone team event win. UCLA's Melissa Chan won floor with a 9.925, but McDonald was second with a 9.825, followed by Omori and Kelly Gilbert (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain View HS), who tied for third with 9.800.

UCLA's Ariana Berlin won all-around with a 39.200 and Comforte was second with 38.900. Bakken was third with a 38.550.

The Huskies return to the mat on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Bank of America Arena against the California Golden Bears.

Team Scoring          Vault     Bars     Beam    Floor       Total 1. UCLA             49.275   49.300   48.000   48.975     195.550 2. Washington       48.750   48.150   48.775   47.525     193.200

Vault 1. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.900 Kristina Comforte, UCLA 9.900 Jordan Schwikert, UCLA 9.900 4. Ariana Berlin, UCLA 9.825 Melissa Chan, UCLA 9.825 Kate Richardson, UCLA 9.825 7. Ashley Peckett, UCLA 9.800 Kristen Omori, UW 9.800 Emily Epsten, UW 9.80010. Darcee Schiller, UW 9.65011. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.60012. Katie Boyko, UW 9.550

Bars 1. Kate Richardson, UCLA 9.925 2. Ashley Peckett, UCLA 9.900 Kristina Comforte, UCLA 9.900 4. Melissa Chan, UCLA 9.825 Kelly McDonald, UW 9.825 6. Jalynne Dantzscher, UCLA 9.750 Ariana Berlin, UCLA 9.750 Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.750 9. Darcee Schiller, UW 9.72510. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.47511. Tori Quandt, UW 9.37512. Jennifer Chang, UW 8.700

Beam 1. Melissa Chan, UCLA 9.925 2. Kelly McDonald, UW 9.825 3. Kristen Omori, UW 9.800 Kelly Gilbert, UW 9.800 5. Ariana Berlin, UCLA 9.775 6. Jennifer Chang, UW 9.725 7. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.625 8. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.575 9. Jaylnne Dantzscher, UCLA 9.55010. Kate Richardson, UCLA 9.42511. Jordan Schwikert, UCLA 9.325 Kristina Comforte, UCLA 9.325

Floor 1. Jordan Schwikert, UCLA 9.900 2. Jalynne Dantzscher, UCLA 9.850 Ariana Berlin, UCLA 9.850 4. Kristina Comforte, UCLA 9.775 5. Kristen Omori, UW 9.750 6. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.625 7. Janelle Dantzscher, UCLA 9.600 8. Tori Quandt, UW 9.550 9. Kelly Gilbert, UW 9.45010. Kate Richardson, UCLA 9.17511. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.15012. Darcee Schiller, UW 8.825

All-Around 1. Ariana Berlin, UCLA 39.200 2. Kristina Comforte, UCLA 38.900 3. Chelsea Bakken, UW 38.550 4. Kate Richardson, UCLA 38.350 5. Ashley Houghting, UW 38.150

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