Pac-10 Announces Weekly Gymnastics Honors

March 25, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD sophomore Carly Janiga and WASHINGTON junior Ashley Houghting have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for March 18-24, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. With the accolades, Janiga and Houghting join OREGON STATE's Tasha Smith as the only gymnasts to earn both honors this season.

Janiga performed in the all-around competition last weekend against UC Davis, Sacramento State, and San Jose State. After a 16-day break from competition to accommodate academic finals, the Cardinal posted their second highest score of the season (197.00) in a runaway victory in the quad meet. In four of her five competitions on the day, Janiga tied for fifth or better. She collected a pair of shared third places as a result of a 9.850 bar routine and 9.875 floor exercise. Janiga kept her streak of 9.8+ performances in check with a steady beam routine that was awarded 9.825, good for fifth place. All told, the Paradise Valley, Ariz., native compiled an all-around score of 39.200 to give her a stand-alone third place finish.

Houghting, from Welland, Ontario, maintained her dominance on the vault and floor last week versus cross-town rival Seattle Pacific University. She put her mark on the night by taking home the event title for every apparatus on which she competed. On vault she led the way with a 9.875. Houghting's beam routine was worthy of a 9.825, and on floor she dazzled the crowd with a 9.925 display. Her high marks paced the Huskies to a 194.550 - 192.200 victory, their second over SPU in as many weeks. The team score allows the Huskies to drop one of their weaker scores from earlier in the season and rise in the RQS rankings.

Janiga is now a twice-named Gymnast of the Week and is Stanford's eleventh all-time recipient of the honor. This is Houghting's first Event Specialist of the Week nod and Washington's second this season.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Gymnast of the Week: Alexis Greene, ARIZ; Tiana Jean, ASU; Sophia Hocini, CAL; Samantha Walior, WASH.
Event Specialist of the Week: Briana Bergeson, ARIZ; Mary Atkinson, ASU; Bridgette Glass, CAL; Kelly Fee, STAN.

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; Mar. 17 - Francesca Mercurio, ASU; Mar. 24 - Carly Janiga, STAN.

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; Mar. 17 - Tia Orlando, ASU; Mar. 24 - Ashley Houghting, WASH.

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