Washington Wraps Up Regular Season at Seattle Pacific
March 19, 2008
Meet #11: Washington at Seattle Pacific
Date... Friday, March 21, 2008
Time... 7 p.m.
Site... Seattle, Wash. (Royal Brougham Pavilion)
The Huskies will compete in their final meet of the 2008 regular season on Friday, March 21 on the road at Seattle Pacific. The squads competed last week on UW's home floor, as Washington won 194.450-188.525.
Seattle Pacific is ranked No. 65 in the nation with a 187.855 RQS. Two weeks ago, the Falcons posted their highest team score of the season with a 190.075 against Sacramento State, Cal and UC Davis.
'We never want to leave town during finals week,' explained head coach Joanne Bowers, 'But we know away scores are important. So we feel very fortunate that SPU had this opening on Friday night. We're really excited to stay close -- it's perfect for us. The young women on our team are so acedmically minded, and to be able to provide this schedule really works out well. Plus, we get to stay close to home the week before Pac-10s, so that will keep us really fresh.'
Washington bid farewell to its three seniors last Friday. Jennifer Chang, Raimey Iselin and Nikki Waiss were joined by their families during introductions. The trio shined in their final regular season home meet, as Iselin and Waiss tied for first place on bars with a 9.875.
The Husky freshmen have not wasted any time in their transition to collegiate gymnastics. The four rookies have combined for 32 top-3 finishes this season, including 12 against Seattle Pacific last Friday. Haley Bogart (Woodside, Calif.) and Kristen Linton (Edmonds, Wash.) have both collected four individual titles apiece. Karen Cain (Kyle, Texas) has taken third in the all-around three times this season. Walior captured her first event title on floor against SPU, as she matched her career-high score of 9.9.
Junior Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.) has won 20 vault titles in her career, including four 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 9.880 event regional qualifying score.
Ranking the Huskies
Five different Huskies are ranked in the country's top 100 in vault, bars, beam, floor and the all-around. Rankings are based on Regional Qualifying Scores.
No. 23 Ashley Houghting (9.880)
No. 79 Haley Bogart (9.820)
No. 72 Kristen Linton (9.810)
No. 91 Haley Bogart (9.790)
No. 40 Ashley Houghting (9.855)
No. 63 Samantha Walior (9.830)
No. 88 Karen Cain (38.500)
Sophomore Cassidy Lance (Draper, Utah) was forced to retire from gymnastics 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. Additionally, during practice leading up to the Arizona State meet, freshman Danielle Henderson dislocated her should and will be sidelined for the rest of the year. She had missed the earlier part of the season as she recuperated from a shoulder injury suffered last summer.
The Huskies schedule is one of the toughest in the nation -- on the road and at home. Not only has Washington faced off against the teams of the Pac-10, the GymDawgs also took on four non-conference foes who were ranked in the top-25 (the Huskies faced then-No. 2 Utah, No. 5 LSU, then-No. 15 Denver and then-No. 24 Illinois). The Pac-10 remains a tough conference from top to bottom, with three squads currently ranked in the top-10 (No. 7 Oregon State, No. 8 UCLA and No. 10 Stanford) and another two in the top-25 (No. 18 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State).
Last Time Out
Washington posted its second win of the season last night with a 194.450-188.525 victory over cross-town rival Seattle Pacific in the Huskies final home meet of the regular season in Bank of America Arena. UW topped the Falcons on all four events and scored a season-high 49.025 on bars as three Huskies tied for first place on the event. Washington's 49.025 on bars was the highest team score on the event in exactly three years - the Huskies posted a 49.025 against Boise State on March 14, 2005. The Huskies captured first place on all four events and the all around.
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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