Washington Gymnastics Knocks Off California
Jan. 25, 2008
Seattle, Wash. - Junior Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.) led the GymDawgs to their first win of the season over Pac-10 rival California, 193.975-188.450, Friday night at Bank of America Arena.
The GymDawgs (1-2) took the lead over the Golden Bears (2-1) after the first rotation and never looked back. Houghting won three titles for the Huskies including all-around (38.975) and floor exercise (9.850); Houghting split the vault win with teammate and freshman Haley Bogart (9.800). With the three wins, Houghting moves into eighth place on the Huskies all-time event titles list.
Along with Houghting, Husky freshmen were also showcased in tonight's win over Cal. Kristen Linton (Edmonds, Wash.) won two events, including uneven bars (9.850) and beam (9.825). After her win on vault, Bogart (Woodside, Calif.) placed second in both the beam and on floor.
After her team's win, Head Coach Joanne Bowers said, 'I am so proud of the team tonight. People stepped up on every event, and we needed that.'
The Huskies were short-staffed in Friday night's meet, losing sophomore Cassidy Lance earlier in the week due to a knee injury. 'With Cassidy going out on medical leave this week, there was a definite wake up call. Gymnastics can be taken away from you at any moment.'
The GymDawgs powered through, however, with the help of loyal fans. Bowers said, 'Tonight's crowd was great! I think it's the best one we've had since I've been here. I want to thank all the people that came out - it really made a difference and the energy helped our team a lot!'
The Dawgs hope to continue their success next week against UCLA. The #8 Bruins come to Bank of America Arena next Friday night, Feb. 1, at 7p.m.