Houghting Wins Floor To Lead GymDawgs To Third Place Finish At UCLA
Feb. 15, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The Washington Husky gymnastics team earned a 194.400 against No. 2 UCLA, No. 21 Boise State and Cal State Fullerton, marking their third straight meet score over 194. Senior Ashley Houghting picked up the Huskies' only individual win of the day, earning her fifth title of the season on floor.
The Huskies (7-4) came in third at the meet, defeating Cal State Fullerton, but falling to UCLA and Boise State.
Washington's first rotation was bars. Sophomore Kristen Linton and freshman Ruby Engreitz were the Huskies' top performers, each scoring 9.825. Linton and Engreitz tied for fifth on the uneven bars. Karen Cain and Hatsune Akaogi came in just behind them at 9.725, which tied them for 14th. The Huskies scored 48.225 on the apparatus, putting them in third place behind UCLA and Boise State after the first rotation.
In the second rotation, Washington moved over to the beam, where Linton again was the top Dawg, scoring a season-high 9.825, which tied her for fifth place overall. Senior Ashley Houghting was second for the Huskies, earning a 9.750 and tying for ninth. As a team, the Huskies totaled 48.050 on the balance beam, keeping them in third place behind UCLA and Boise State with a running total of 96.275.
The Huskies were on the floor in the third rotation. Houghting led Washington with a 9.900 on the floor, her second-highest mark of the season. Houghting's score was enough to win the event, giving her Washington's only event title of the meet and her fifth floor title of the year. Sophomore Samantha Walior tied her season-high on the floor, recording a 9.850, entering a three-way tie for second. Linton was just behind her with a season-high-tying 9.800 and a three-way tie for fifth place. Washington tallied a 48.975, the second-best team total of the season, winning the event over the Bruins.
In the final rotation, Washington moved over to the vault, where Houghting delivered a near-perfect performance, earning a 9.950. Houghting's score was good for second place, following only UCLA's Zamarripa, who recorded a perfect 10.000. Amanda Cline was the second finisher for the Huskies, tallying a 9.850, tying for ninth.
Akaogi was the sole all-arounder for the Huskies, earning a 37.825.
'We did a good job of keeping focused,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'We won the floor as a team and Ashley won the floor individually and came in second on vault, which was great for us. We saw some good individual efforts today, but we need to keep moving forward. We counted two falls, which hurt us, but we did a good job of recovering in the second two rotations.'
'These big quad meets are really good for us,' Bowers added. 'They're busy and have a lot going on, but they will help us toward the end of the season in Pac-10s and Regionals. We have to learn to focus in a big, busy environment.'
The Huskies return to Hec Ed next Saturday, Feb. 21 when they host Oregon State, Eastern Michigan and Illinois. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.
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