Huskies Set Season-High in Loss to No. 2 Utah

Feb. 16, 2008

SEATTLE - Husky freshman gymnast Haley Bogart (Woodside, Calif.) set or tied career highs in all four events, but second-ranked Utah stole the show at Bank of America Arena on Saturday with a 197.100-194.675 victory over Washington. The 194.675 was a season best for the Huskies.

'We've had some adversity this week and in this meet and the thing that is impressing most with this team is their true character keeps showing up,' said Husky Head Coach Joanne Bowers. 'We're not going to give up and kids keep stepping up.'

The Huskies' Ashley Houghting was limited this week due to an injury suffered in practice and Kristen Omori suffered a torn ACL on her dismount from beam.

'That hurts us so much,' says Bowers about losing Omori for the season. 'But the girls are taking the attitude that we can step up and keep improving.'

Bogart was the lone Husky to capture an individual title, tying defending NCAA champion Ashley Postell on beam with a 9.85. Postell won or tied for first on three events and won all-around with a 39.625.

Fellow freshman classmate Samantha Walior (Prior Lake, Minn.) also had a stellar day for the Dawgs, setting career highs on all three events she participated in.

The Huskies started their day with a brilliant performance on vault, notching a season best 48.925, but Utah was up to the task also, scoring a 49.275, led by Postell's almost perfect 9.975. Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ontario) and Bogart paced the Huskies with fourth-place scores of 9.85. Fellow freshman Karen Cain (Kyle, Texas) also posted a career-high with a 9.75.

In the second rotation, Washington moved to the bars where they scored a 48.675, led by Wailor's 9.825. On beam and floor, Washington equaled the team's second-highest scores of the season, with a 48.725 and 48.350 respectively.

Washington returns to action next Friday, Feb. 22 when they host Arizona State at 7 p.m.

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