Washington Sweeps Pac-10 Weekly Gymnastics Honors

March 11, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON's Ashley Houghting and Nikki Waiss have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for March 4-10, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Houghting, a junior from Welland, Ont., scored high marks all night to lead her team to its highest total score of the season, 195.175, against No. 5 Louisiana State University. A vault specialist, Houghting scored a commanding 9.925 on the apparatus. The tally gave her second place and marks the third time in as many weeks that she has hit 9.9 or higher on vault. In addition, Houghting's 9.775 on beam was a deciding factor in the Huskies' 48.750-48.400 team event win over LSU. One of three Huskies to hit an explosive 9.875 on floor, Houghting's all-around tally hit a season-high and first-place mark of 39.225.

Waiss, a senior Husky from Mill Creek, Wash., scored a team-high and season-best 9.875 on bars Friday night versus LSU. The score bests Waiss's previous top mark of the 2008 campaign by nearly a tenth of a point. Waiss took second place in the event. It is the highest-placed finish of the season for Waiss.

Houghting and Waiss are the first Husky gymnasts to receive Pac-10 weekly honors since 2004. Houghting is Washington's fourth Gymnast of the Week and Waiss is the university's first Event Specialist of the Week.

Gymnast of the Week: Alexis Greene, ARIZ; Francesca Mercurio, ASU; Siobhan Luce, CAL; Lauren Elmore, STAN; Jordan Schwikert, UCLA.
Event Specialist of the Week: Briana Bergeson, ARIZ; Tia Orlando, ASU; Nassim Mirreghabie, CAL; Jen Kesler, OSU; Alysse Ishino, STAN; Anna Li, UCLA.

2008 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 14 - Anna Li, UCLA; Jan. 21 - Nicole Harris, ASU; Jan. 28 - Jami Lanz, OSU; Feb. 4 - Tasha Schwikert, UCLA; Feb. 11 - Tabitha Yim, STAN; Feb. 18 - Karin Wurm, ARIZ; Feb. 25 - Tasha Smith, OSU; Mar. 3 - Miranda Russell, ARIZ; Mar. 10 - Ashley Houghting, WASH.

2008 Pac-10 Event Specialists of the Week: Jan. 14 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 21 - Marci Bernholtz, UCLA; Jan. 28 - Jordan Schwikert, UCLA; Feb. 4 - Ashlee Hinkle, ASU; Feb. 11 - Allyse Ishino, STAN; Feb. 18 - Tasha Smith, OSU; Feb. 25 - Liz Tricase, STAN; Mar. 3 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Mar. 10 - Nikki Waiss, WASH.

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