Husky Gymnastics Season Comes To An End

April 8, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Ashley Houghting was third on vault and Kelly McDonald was fourth on bars at the NCAA West Regional in Stanford, Calif. on Saturday night, marking the end of McDonald's career and the end of the season for the Husky gymnastics team.

McDonald (Seattle/Roosevelt HS) scored a 9.875 on bars to take fourth place and a 9.85 on beam to tie for sixth place. McDonald failed to qualify for the NCAA Championships, but Husky Head Coach Bob Levesque was still proud of the only senior on his roster and the rest of the Husky competitors.

'Kelly could not have done any better,' said Levesque. 'If she would have had on an Alabama or Stanford leotard, she probably would have won two events. But when you're entered into a meet like this as an individual, you usually don't get as high of scores.'

McDonald ended her career with 25 individual titles, the 11th most in school history.

Houghting (Welland, Ont./Northview Heights Secondary) scored a 9.85 on vault to tie for third at the meet. Houghting wrapped up her freshman season with eight individual titles on vault, good enough for the fourth most individual titles by a Husky freshman. She has already moved into a tie for sixth most career vault titles.

Freshman Kristen Omori (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita HS) scored a 9.050 on floor and junior Chelsea Bakken (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View HS) scored a 37.775 All-Around.

No. 5 Alabama and No. 16 Oregon State placed first and second respectively to advance to the NCAA Nationals held in Corvallis, Ore., from April 20-22. Host Stanford, ranked eighth nationally and the 2006 Pac-10 Champions, were third, failing to advance to the championships.

The Beavers were led by Kent-native Tasha Smith, who was second All-Around behind Stanford's Tabitha Yim.

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