GymDawgs Sweep Pac-10 Weekly Awards

March 11, 2008

Nikki Waiss's performance on bars at LSU earned her UW's first-ever Event Specialist of the Week honor.

Junior Ashley Houghting and senior Nikki Waiss were named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for March 4-10, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Houghting, who hails from Welland, Ont., scored high marks all night to lead her team to its highest total score of the season, 195.175, against No. 5 Louisiana State University. A vault specialist, Houghting scored a commanding 9.925 on the apparatus to take second place on the event. The score was also her third-consecutive week with a 9.9 or better on the event. In addition, Houghting's 9.775 on beam was a major factor in the Huskies' 48.750-48.400 team event win over LSU. One of three Huskies to hit an explosive 9.875 on floor, Houghting finished first in the all-around with a season-high mark of 39.225.

Waiss, from Mill Creek, Wash., scored a team-high and season-best 9.875 on bars last Friday night against the Tigers. The score tops Waiss's previous high mark of the 2008 campaign by almost a tenth of a point. Waiss took second place in the event, her highest-placed finish of the season.

Houghting and Waiss are the first Husky gymnasts to receive Pac-10 weekly honors since 2004. Houghting is Washington's fourth Gymnast of the Week and Waiss is the university's first Event Specialist of the Week.

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.
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. 

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