McDonald, Houghting Once Again Lead Husky Gymnasts

Feb. 10, 2006

Logan, Utah - Ashley Houghting set a career-high to win vault and Kelly McDonald won bars as the Husky Gymnastics team (3-9) finished third at a tri-meet in Logan, Utah on Friday evening. It marks the fifth time in six meets that Houghting and McDonald have won vault and bars respectively.

Host Utah State (193.350) won the meet, Texas Woman's University finished second (191.125) and Washington finished third (190.400).

Houghting (Welland, Ontario) won vault with a 9.925 despite being sick with the flu throughout the meet. She was slated to compete all-around for the Huskies, but felt too ill to compete on floor, forcing the Huskies to use only five competitors on the event. The depleted Huskies were forced to count two falls on floor and tallied a season-low 45.675.

McDonald (Seattle/Roosevelt HS) was the only other Husky to win an individual event, tying for first on bars with Utah State's Jessica Parenti with a 9.825. Darcee Schiller (Abbottsford, B.C.) was the next highest scorer on bars, tallying a season-high tying 9.675 to take third on the event.

The Huskies led all three teams with a combined vault score of 48.700. Besides Houghting, Kristen Omori (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita HS) tied for third with a 9.825 and Chelsea Bakken (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View HS) was fifth with a 9.750.

McDonald led the Huskies effort on beam with a 9.825 to take second place. Omori and Kelly Gilbert (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain View HS) were the Huskies' next highest finishers, tying for sixth-place with a 9.750. The Huskies tallied a team total of 48.250.

Omori was the Huskies top floor performer with a second-place score of 9.725. Tori Quandt (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa HS) was eighth overall and the next highest scorer for the Huskies with a 9.475.

'We need to pick up the intensity,' said Head Coach Bob Levesque. 'Ashley was sick and we ran out of bodies for floor, but we need to do better against UCLA on Sunday.'

The Huskies head to Los Angeles where they will face the No. 11 UCLA Bruins on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Team Scoring Vault Bars Beam Floor Total 1. Utah State 48.375 48.325 49.000 47.650 193.350 2. Texas Woman's 48.325 47.500 47.775 47.525 191.125 3. Washington 48.700 47.775 48.250 45.675 190.400

Vault 1. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.925 2. Nakia Westbrook, TWU 9.850 3. Jessica Parenti, USU 9.825 Kristen Omori, UW 9.825 5. Meagan Lewis, USU 9.750 Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.750

Other Huskies:10. Emily Epsten, UW 9.600 Katie Boyko, UW 9.60012. Darcee Schiller, UW 9.575

Bars 1. Kelly McDonald, UW 9.825 Jessica Parenti, USU 9.825 3. Bethany Rehm, TWU 9.675 Darcee Schiller, UW 9.675 5. Katie Omann, USU 9.650 Alex Martin, USU 9.650

Other Huskies: 8. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.60013. Jennifer Chang, UW 9.40014. Tori Quandt, UW 9.27516. Ashley Houghting, UW 9.025

Beam 1. Jessica Parenti, USU 9.900 2. Kelly McDonald, UW 9.850 3. Sarah Johnson, USU 9.800 4. Meagan Lewis, USU 9.775 Brittany Price, USU 9.775

Other Huskies: 6. Kristen Omori, UW 9.750 Kelly Gilbert, UW 9.75010. Jennifer Chang, UW 9.72515. Chelsea Bakken, UW 9.17518. Ashley Houghting, UW 8.250

Floor 1. Meagan Lewis, USU 9.800 2. Kristen Omori, UW 9.725 3. Brisa Fuentes, TWU 9.700 4. Alex Martin, USU 9.675 Nakia Westbrook, TWU 9.675

Other Huskies: 8. Tori Quandt, UW 9.47513. Darcee Schiller, UW 9.10016. Kelly Gilbert, UW 8.70017. Chelsea Bakken, UW 8.675

All-Around 1. Meagan Lewis, USU 38.900 2. Alex Martin, USU 38.625 3. Jessica Parenti, USU 38.450 4. Brisa Fuentes, TWU 37.825 5. Chelsea Bakken, UW 37.200

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