Huskies Host No. 8 UCLA
Jan. 29, 2008
Meet #4: No. 8 UCLA at Washington
Date... Friday, February 1, 2008
Time... 7 p.m. Pacific Time
Site... Seattle, Wash. (Bank of America Arena)
Internet... GoHuskies.com (Live Streaming & Scoring)
Washington (1-2) hosts its second-straight home meet this Friday as the Huskies welcome the eighth-ranked UCLA Bruins at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Following the meet, fans are invited to meet the Huskies, get autographs and team posters, and enjoy free refreshments at the 5th Event. At the conclusion of each home meet, fans can join the Huskies in the Founder's Club.
The Bruins return four All-Americans from last season, including senior Tasha Schwikert, who was a 2000 U.S. Olympian, the 2003 World Championship gold medalist and the 2005 NCAA all-around champion. UCLA is off to a strong start this season, with a perfect 6-0 record coming into Friday's meet against Washington. Last week, the Bruins defeated No. 9 Stanford by the smallest margin possible, 195.050-195.025. With the meet on the line, Tasha Schwikert needed a 9.8 on floor in the final routine of the night, and she scored just that to give UCLA the win.
The Husky freshmen have not wasted any time in their transition to collegiate gymnastics. The four rookies have combined for 11 top-3 finishes in the last two meets, including a pair of event titles for both Haley Bogart and Kristen Linton. Against California, Karen Cain took third in the all-around and Samantha Walior picked up a bronze in the floor exercise.
Junior Ashley Houghting has won 18 vault titles in her career, putting her in first place in the Husky record-books. Last year, she surpassed Klara Kudilkova, who competed for Washington from 1995-98, who ranks second with 12 vault wins.
The Huskies schedule is one of the toughest in the nation -- on the road and at home. Not only will Washington face off against the teams of the Pac-10, the GymDawgs will also take on four non-conference foes who are ranked in the top-25 (after a loss to then-No. 15 Denver, the Huskies are still set to face: No. 2 Utah, No. 7 LSU and No. 25 Illinois). The Pac-10 remains a tough conference from top to bottom, with five squads ranked in the top-20 (No. 8 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 19 Arizona and No. 20 Arizona State).
Last Time Out
Junior Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.) led the GymDawgs to their first win of the season over Pac-10 rival California, 193.975-188.450, last 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). Kristen Linton (Edmonds, Wash.) also won two events, 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.
Sophomore Cassidy Lance was forced to retire from the Huskies after the second meet of the season. Lance tore the same ACL for the fourth time and will no longer be able to compete. She will stay on with the program, serving as a student coach.
Mark Your Calendars!
Washington will host the 2008 Pac-10 Championships on March 29 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies, along with the six other teams in the conference, will compete for Pac-10 titles while making a final push to qualify for the NCAA Regionals.
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