Ashley Houghting Ties For First Place on Beam as Huskies Fall at No. 5 UCLA

Jan. 6, 2007

Los Angeles, Calif. - The Washington women's gymnastics team faced a tough challenge in the season opener on the road at fifth-ranked UCLA in Pauley Pavilion, as the Huskies fell to the Bruins 194.000-188.175.

Washington sophomore Ashley Houghting posted the highest Husky finish of the night, tying for first place on beam with a 9.725. UW scored its highest team total on the event, and finished just .175 points behind UCLA with a 47.350.

The meet began on vault, as 2000 U.S. Olympian Tasha Schwikert captured first place and led the UCLA sweep on the event to give the Bruins 49.175-47.275 edge after the first rotation. The Bruins extended their lead on bars by collecting the top-five finishes, but the Huskies did not back down and closed out the meet with strong performances on beam and floor.

Houghting led the way for the Huskies, taking a share of first place on beam and capping the night with a fourth-place finish in the floor exercise with a 9.725. Junior Natalie Gillan added a tie for fourth place on beam with a 9.650 and finished the night in third place in the all-around competition with a 37.825 total score. Gillan also posted the highest Husky mark of the evening with a 9.775 on vault.

Washington falls to 0-1 to begin the season while UCLA picks up a 1-0 start. Next week, the Huskies will host Utah State at Bank of America Arena on Friday at 7 p.m.

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