Houghting Wins Share of Pac-10 Title
March 31, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - Husky sophomore Ashley Houghting won a share of the Pac-10 vault title Saturday and placed seventh in the all-around, leading the Washington women's gymnastics team to a fifth-place finish at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships at Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena.
Washington's team score of 194.775 was its second-highest away from home this season, and its highest at the Pac-10 Championships since 2004. Eighth-ranked UCLA upset No. 5 and defending-champion Stanford for the overall team title, scoring 197.200 points behind victories in three events and the all-around for junior Tasha Schwikert. The Cardinal were second at 196.950, followed by No. 9 Oregon State (196.300), No. 15 Arizona (196.000), Washington (194.775), No. 25 Arizona State (194.550) and Cal (193.650).
The story for the Huskies, however, was Houghting's win on vault, the first by a Husky at the Pac-10 meet since Molly Seaman captured the conference bars crown in 2004. A sophomore from Welland, Ont., Houghting justified her No. 6 national ranking on vault with a career-high equaling 9.950 to match Schwikert for the Pac-10 crown. Houghting has scored above a 9.925 in five-consecutive vault competitions and boasts 16 victories all-time on the apparatus, crushing the previous UW record of 12 set by All-American Klara Kudilkova.
Houghting also scored career-highs on bars (9.825) and beam (9.825), and a 9.800 on floor to finish with a 39.400 in the all-around, good for seventh overall at the Pac-10 meet.
Houghting's win, combined with a 9.900 by freshman Cassidy Lance and a 9.850 by junior Natalie Gillan, carried the Huskies to a 49.125 on vault, and helped the team recover from a difficult floor rotation while setting the stage for later success on bars (48.900) and beam (48.550). Washington's bars score, which included career-high 9.850s for Houghting, Gillan and junior Raimey Iselin, matched the team's highest bars score of the year and equaled the third-highest among the seven teams competing Saturday.
Washington's high score will further boost its regional qualifying score in advance of the NCAA Regional meet in two weeks' time, at which point qualifying berths for April's NCAA Championships will be determined. For complete results of the Pac-10 Championships, or for more information on Washington gymnastics, visit www.GoHuskies.com.
Quick Hits: Washington was without the services of junior Nikki Waiss, the team's top bar worker and a strong contributor on vault, who injured her knee in last week's win over SPU ... Waiss' injury is not considered serious and she is expected to return on both events for the NCAA Regional meet ... with Waiss absent, sophomore Emily Epsten made her season debut, scoring a 9.700 on vault ... senior Chelsea Bakken returned to UW's floor lineup for the first time since January, and was the team's No. 3 scorer with a 9.675 ... Ashley Houghting's win on vault was the fifth by a Husky all-time on the event, and the first since 2002 (Emily Pritchard).
Team Scores Vault Bars Beam Floor Totals#8 UCLA 49.375 49.325 49.425 49.075 197.200#5 Stanford 49.325 49.325 49.175 49.125 196.950#9 Oregon St. 49.175 48.900 49.050 49.175 196.300#15 Arizona 49.150 48.825 49.025 49.000 196.000Washington 49.125 48.900 48.450 48.300 194.775#25 Arizona St. 48.875 49.050 48.550 48.875 194.550California 48.825 48.325 47.850 48.650 193.650
VaultWinner: t1. Tasha Schwikert, UCLA, 9.950; Ashley Houghting, WASH, 9.950Other UW Scorers: t7. Cassidy Lance, 9.900; t12. Natalie Gillan, 9.850; t33. Kristen Omori, 9.725; t36. Emily Epsten, 9.700; 42. Katie Boyko, 9.050.
BarsWinner: 1. Liz Tricase, STAN, 9.950UW Scorers: t12. Natalie Gillan, 9.825; t12. Raimey Iselin, 9.825; t12. Ashley Houghting, 9.825; t15. Chelsea Bakken, 9.800; 36. Darcee Schiller, 9.625; 37. Tori Quandt, 9.600.
BeamWinner: t1. Anna Li, UCLA, 9.950; Tasha Schwikert, UCLA, 9.950UW Scorers: t12. Ashley Houghting, 9.825; t27. Tori Quandt, 9.675; t27. Chelsea Bakken, 9.675; t29. Kristen Omori, 9.650; t31. Natalie Gillan, 9.625; t36. Kelly Gilbert, 9.225.
FloorWinner: 1. Tasha Schwikert, UCLA, 9.950UW Scorers: t13. Ashley Houghting, 9.800; t17. Natalie Gillan, 9.775; t34. Chelsea Bakken, 9.675; 37. Tori Quandt, 9.550; 38. Kristen Omori, 9.500; t39. Kelly Gilbert, 9.025