Washington Hosts Cross-Town Rival Seattle Pacific

March 11, 2008

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Meet #10: Seattle Pacific at Washington
Friday, March 14, 2008
Time... 7 p.m.
Site... Seattle, Wash. (Bank of America Arena)
Internet... GoHuskies.com (Live Video & Scoring)

The Meet
Washington will close out the regular season home schedule on Friday, March 14 against Seattle Pacific at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. UW will honor the seniors on both squads. After the meet, the Huskies will welcome fans for the 5th Event in the concourse in front of the Hall of Fame. Fans will be able to meet the Huskies, get autographs and team posters, and enjoy free refreshments.

The Opponent
Seattle Pacific is ranked No. 63 in the nation with a 187.515 RQS. Last week, the Falcons posted their highest team score of the season with a 190.075. SPU finished in fourth place behind Sacramento State, California and UC Davis.

Coach's Comments
'We are so excited to have senior night at the end of the season this year!' exclaimed head coach Joanne Bowers, noting that last year the final home meet came in February. 'This Friday will be a nice event to honor our three seniors. We had one of our best practices on Monday -- the team is just so motivated to keep improving our scores. We know we can still get better and we've got the next three weeks to work on them before regionals.'

Senior Salute
Washington will bid farewell to its three seniors on Friday night. Jennifer Chang, Raimey Iselin and Nikki Waiss will be joined by their families during introductions. At the end of the meet, they will be honored with a special video presentation. Bowers noted, 'Raimey and Nikki have really come on strong and they're true leaders in competition. Jenni continues to be one of the best attitudes and helps in any way she can. She's a rock for our team.'

Immediate Impact
The Husky freshmen have not wasted any time in their transition to collegiate gymnastics. The four rookies have combined for 20 top-3 finishes this season, including three event titles for Haley Bogart (Woodside, Calif.) and two by Kristen Linton (Edmonds, Wash.). Karen Cain (Kyle, Texas) has taken third in the all-around twice this season and against Arizona, Walior finished second on floor with a career-high 9.9.

Vault Victories
Junior Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.) has won 20 vault titles in her career, including four this season, which puts 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. Houghting is currently ranked No. 21 in the country on vault with a 9.880 event regional qualifying score.

Ranking the Huskies
Five different Huskies are ranked in the country's top 100 in vault, bars, beam, floor and the all-around. Rankings are based on Regional Qualifying Scores.Vault
No. 21 Ashley Houghting (9.880)
No. 80 Haley Bogart (9.810)

Uneven Bars
No. 93 Kristen Linton (9.780)

Balance Beam
No. 90 Haley Bogart (9.780)

Floor Exercise
No. 37 Ashley Houghting (9.855)
No. 91 Samantha Walior (9.795)

All Around
No. 86 Karen Cain (38.435)

Injury Report
Sophomore Cassidy Lance (Draper, Utah) was forced to retire from gymnastics after the second meet of the season. In the Jan. 18 meet versus Oregon State, 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. On Feb. 16, junior Kristen Omori (Kirkland, Wash.) tore her ACL on her beam dismount. She will miss the remainder of the season. Additionally, during practice leading up to the Arizona State meet, freshman Danielle Henderson dislocated her should and will be sidelined for the rest of the year. She had missed the earlier part of the season as she recuperated from a shoulder injury suffered last summer.

Strong Schedule
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 (the Huskies faced No. 2 Utah, No. 5 LSU, then-No. 15 Denver and then-No. 24 Illinois). The Pac-10 remains a tough conference from top to bottom, with three squads ranked in the top-10 (No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon State and No. 10 UCLA) and another two in the top-25 (No. 17 Arizona and No. 22 Arizona State).

Last Time Out
The Huskies continued to hit their mark during competition, as the GymDawgs finished the night with a season-high score in a 196.550-195.175 loss to fifth-ranked Louisiana State at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Friday. Washington picked up a team win over Tigers on beam, 48.750-48.400, as four different Huskies placed in the top-three on the individual events. UW earned top performances from junior Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.), who took second on vault with a 9.95 and senior Nikki Waiss (Mill Creek, Wash.), who placed second on bars with a season-high 9.875. Houghting also scored a victory in the all-around, finishing with a season-high 39.225.

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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