GymDawgs Take on #15 Arizona State

Feb. 20, 2008

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Meet #7: No. 15 Arizona State at No. 26 Washington
Friday, February 22, 2008
7 p.m.
Seattle, Wash. (Bank of America Arena)
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The Meet
Washington remains at home this weekend as the Huskies host #15 Arizona State at 7 p.m. on Friday at Bank of America Arena. Following the meet, fans are invited to meet the Huskies, get autographs and team posters, and enjoy free refreshments at the 5th Event. At the conclusion of each home meet, fans can join the Huskies in the concourse in front of the Hall of Fame.

The Opponent
Arizona State is ranked #15 in the nation, its highest ranking this season. Last week, the Sun Devils were edged by intra-state rival Arizona, 195.925-195.725. Despite their 1-6 record, the Sun Devils have been in the top-25 all season and carry an average team score of 194.704 into Friday's meet. ASU's record closely resembles that of the Huskies. Both squads have just one win on the season -- wins over California -- but both teams have tough schedules with all of their losses coming against top-25 teams.

Immediate Impact
The Husky freshmen have not wasted any time in their transition to collegiate gymnastics. The four rookies have combined for 12 top-3 finishesthis season, including a three event titles for Haley Bogart (Woodside, Calif.) and two by Kristen Linton (Edmonds, Wash.). Against California, Karen Cain (Kyle, Texas) took third in the all-around and Samantha Walior (Prior Lake, Minn.) picked up a bronze in the floor exercise.

Vault Victories
Junior Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.) has won 18 vault titles in her career, including two this season, which puts her in first place in the Husky record-books. Last year, she surpassed Klara Kudilkova, who competed for Washington from 1995-98, who ranks second with 12 vault wins. Houghting is currently ranked No. 23 in the country on vault with a 9.830 event regional qualifying score.

Ranking the Huskies
Four different Huskies are ranked in the country's top 100 in vault, bars, beam and floor. Rankings are based on Regional Qualifying Scores.
No. 23 Ashley Houghting (9.830)
No. 54 Haley Bogart (9.780)

Uneven Bars
No. 46 Samantha Walior (9.730)
No. 72 Kristen Linton (9.680)

Balance Beam
No. 46 Samantha Walior (9.705)
No. 60 Kristen Linton (9.675)
No. 93 Haley Bogart (9.570)

Floor Exercise
No. 66 Samantha Walior (9.735)
No. 83 Haley Bogart (9.690)

Injury Report
Sophomore Cassidy Lance (Draper, Utah) was forced to retire from the Huskies after the second meet of the season. In the Jan. 18 meet versus Oregon State, Lance tore the same ACL for the fourth time and will no longer be able to compete. She will stay on with the program, serving as a student coach. On Feb. 16, junior Kristen Omori (Kirkland, Wash.) tore her ACL on her beam dismount. She will miss the remainder of the season.

Strong Schedule
The Huskies schedule is one of the toughest in the nation ­­­-- on the road and at home. Not only will Washington face off against the teams of the Pac-10, the GymDawgs will also take on four non-conference foes who are ranked in the top-25 (the Huskies have already faced No. 2 Utah, then-No. 15 Denver and then-No. 24 Illinois and UW is still set to face No. 5 LSU). The Pac-10 remains a tough conference from top to bottom, with three squads ranked in the top-10 (No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon State and No. 9 UCLA) and another two in the top-20 (No. 15 Arizona State and No. 17 Arizona).

Last Time Out
Bogart set or tied career highs in all four events, but second-ranked Utah stole the show at Bank of America Arena with a 197.100-194.675 victory over Washington. The 194.675 was a season best for the Huskies. Bogart was the lone Husky to capture an individual title, tying defending NCAA champion Ashley Postell on beam with a 9.85. Postell won or tied for first on three events and won all-around with a 39.625. Fellow freshman Walior also had a stellar day for the Dawgs, setting career highs on all three events she participated in.

Mark Your Calendars!
Washington will host the 2008 Pac-10 Championships on March 29 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies, along with the six other teams in the conference, will compete for Pac-10 titles while making a final push to qualify for the NCAA Regionals.

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