GymDawgs Beat SPU, Fall To OSU, Utah

March 16, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Washington's gymnasts earned four scores above 9.85 and three top-five individual finishes en route to a third-place finish Friday at the annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational in Oregon State's Gill Coliseum.

The 10th-ranked Beavers won three of five events, but No. 7 Utah's superior depth led the Utes to victory with a score of 196.675, less than a tenth ahead of Oregon State's 196.600. Washington (4-9, 1-5) was third at 193.625, with Seattle Pacific fourth at 189.750. Of the Huskies nine losses this season, six have been to teams ranked in the nation's top-10, with the other three each coming against teams currently ranked in the top-25.

After opening the meet with its second-highest score of the year on bars (48.825), Washington struggled on beam -- counting two falls -- before recovering with a strong rotations on floor (48.825) and vault (49.150), the latter a season-high.

Washington was led as it has been throughout the year by sophomore Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.), who matched her career best with a 9.925 on vault, the highest score recorded by a Husky on the night. Houghting, who entered the weekend tied for sixth in the nation on vault, placed second in the event to Utah's Kristina Baskett (9.95) and tied for fifth on floor at 9.85, marking the sixth time this season that she has scored above a 9.85 on both events.

Freshman Cassidy Lance (Salt Lake City, Utah) also topped 9.85 on vault, while sophomore Kristen Omori (Kirkland, Wash.) and junior Natalie Gillan (Denver, Colo.) each earned 9.80s, and junior Nikki Waiss (Mill Creek, Wash.) scored a 9.775.

Waiss also continued her outstanding season on bars, scoring a 9.85 to place fifth. The Mill Creek native has topped the 9.825 mark in six-straight bars competitions in 2007, including a pair of victories.

The GymDawgs return home Friday, welcoming 16th-ranked Oregon State and Seattle Pacific to Bank of America Arena for the final home meet of the 2007 season. Washington's three seniors - Chelsea Bakken, Tori Quandt and Darcee Schiller - will be recognized in a special ceremony prior to the meet, which begins at 7 p.m. For more information on Husky gymnastics, visit www.GoHuskies.com.

Quick Hits: Ashley Houghting's 9.925 on vault matched the career-high she set last year and has equaled four times in 2007, including at each of UW's last three meets -- all on the road ... Houghting's 9.85 on floor was eight floor score this year above 9.825, a score she had never topped in the event prior to 2007 ... Washington recorded a season-high on vault for the second-straight week, topping the 49.125 the team set last week at Minnesota ... the Huskies' 48.825 on bars was its second-highest this year, trailing only the 48.900 scored two weeks ago at ASU ... Natalie Gillan set a career-high on bars (9.775), tied her career-high on vault (9.8), and was UW's top all-arounder (38.825) ... Darcee Schiller also set a season-high on bars (9.75), while Tori Quandt matched her previous season-best (9.75).

Team Scores        Vault       Bars      Beam      Floor      TotalUtah              49.425     49.250    48.775     49.225    196.675Oregon State      48.950     49.100    49.175     49.375    196.600Washington        49.150     48.825    46.825     48.825    193.625Seattle Pacific   47.350     47.400    46.575     48.425    189.750

Vault 1. Kristina Baskett, Utah 9.950 2. Ashley Houghting, WASH 9.925 3. Mandi Rodriguez, OSU 9.900 3. Annie DiLuzio, Utah 9.900 5. Sarah Shire, UTAH 9.875 5. Ashley Postell, Utah 9.875 7. Cassidy Lance, WASH 9.850 8. Tasha Smith, OSU 9.825 8. Nina Kim, Utah 9.82510. Kristen Omori, WASH 9.80010. Natalie Gillan, WASH 9.80012. Jami Lanz, OSU 9.77512. Nikki Waiss, WASH 9.77514. Brooke Barclay, OSU 9.75014. Jessica Duke, UTAH 9.75016. Megan Devencenzi, OSU 9.70016. Yuki Lamb, OSU 9.70018. Kristin Bryant, SPU 9.65019. Debra Huss, SPU 9.60020. Katie Boyko, WASH 9.55021. Amber Lundgren, SPU 9.37521. Sarah Sullivan, SPU 9.37523. Tracy Smith, SPU 9.35024. Melissa Daniels, SPU 8.825

Uneven Bars 1. Nicolle Ford, Utah 9.950 2. Kristina Baskett, Utah 9.925 3. Jami Lanz, OSU 9.900 4. Ashley Postell, Utah 9.875 5. Nikki Waiss, WASH 9.850 6. Keegan Fitzgerald, OSU 9.825 6. Tasha Smith, OSU 9.825 8. D'Anna Piro, OSU 9.800 9. Natalie Gillan, WASH 9.775 9. Daria Bijak, Utah 9.77511. Laura-Ann Chong, OSU 9.75011. Darcee Schiller, WASH 9.75011. Tori Quandt, WASH 9.75011. Ashley Domres, SPU 9.75015. Christie Chinaka, SPU 9.72515. Debra Huss, SPU 9.72515. Jessica Duke, Utah 9.72518. Ashley Houghting, WASH 9.70019. Nina Kim, Utah 9.67520. Chelsea Bakken, WASH 9.65021. Mandi Rodriguez, OSU 9.55022. Sarah Sullivan, SPU 9.35023. Amber Lundgren, SPU 8.85024. Sadie Johnston, SPU 8.700

Balance Beam 1. Tasha Smith, OSU 9.900 1. Jami Lanz, OSU 9.900 3. Nina Kim, Utah 9.850 3. Ashley Postell, Utah 9.850 5. Mandi Rodriguez, OSU 9.825 5. Laura-Ann Chong, OSU 9.825 7. Nicolle Ford, Utah 9.775 8. Kelly Gilbert, WASH 9.750 9. Courtney Dennison, OSU 9.72510. Daria Bijak, Utah 9.70011. Debra Huss, SPU 9.62512. Sarah Shire, Utah 9.60013. Tori Quandt, WASH 9.57514. Brianna Schwartz, SPU 9.52514. Sarah Sullivan, SPU 9.52516. Natalie Gillan, WASH 9.47517. Kristina Baskett, Utah 9.22518. Brooke Barclay, OSU 9.17519. Kristen Omori, WASH 9.02520. Ashley Houghting, WASH 9.00020. Kristin Bryant, SPU 9.00022. Christie Chinaka, SPU 8.90023. Chelsea Bakken, WASH 8.87524. Ashley Domres, SPU 8.650

Floor Exercise 1. Jami Lanz, OSU 9.900 1. Tasha Smith, OSU 9.900 1. Kristina Baskett, Utah 9.900 4. Kera Bolen, OSU 9.875 5. Yuki Lamb, OSU 9.850 5. Mandi Rodriguez, OSU 9.850 5. Ashley Houghting, WASH 9.850 5. Annie DiLuzio, Utah 9.850 5. Daria Bijak, Utah 9.85010. Ashley Postell, Utah 9.82511. Debra Huss, SPU 9.80011. Stephanie Neff, Utah 9.80013. Natalie Gillan, WASH 9.77513. Kelly Gilbert, WASH 9.77515. Megan Devencenzi, OSU 9.75015. Celia Short, WASH 9.75015. Kristin Bryant, SPU 9.75015. Sarah Sullivan, SPU 9.75015. Beth Rizzo, Utah 9.75020. Brianna Schwartz, SPU 9.70021. Tori Quandt, WASH 9.67522. Amber Lundgren, SPU 9.42523. Kristen Omori, WASH 8.95024. Ashley Domres, SPU 8.800

All-Around1. Jami Lanz, OSU 39.4752. Tasha Smith, OSU 39.4503. Ashley Postell, Utah 39.4254. Mandi Rodriguez, OSU 39.1255. Kristina Baskett, Utah 39.0006. Natalie Gillan, WASH 38.8257. Debra Huss, SPU 38.7508. Ashley Houghting, WASH 38.4759. Sarah Sullivan, SPU 38.000

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