Ashley Houghting Named Event Specialist of the Week

March 25, 2008

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Junior Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.) was named the Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for March 18-24, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. With the accolade, Houghting joins Oregon State's Tasha Smith and Stanford's Carly Janiga as the only gymnasts to earn both honors this season.

Houghting maintained her dominance on the vault and floor last week versus cross-town rival Seattle Pacific University. She put her mark on the night by taking home the event title for every apparatus on which she competed. On vault she led the way with a 9.875. Houghting's beam routine was worthy of a 9.825, and on floor she dazzled the crowd with a 9.925 display. Her high marks paced the Huskies to a 194.550 - 192.200 victory, their second over SPU in as many weeks. The team score allows the Huskies to drop one of their weaker scores from earlier in the season and keep steady at No. 30 in the national RQS rankings.

This is Houghting's first Event Specialist of the Week nod and Washington's second event specialist win this season.

Gymnast of the Week: Alexis Greene, ARIZ; Tiana Jean, ASU; Sophia Hocini, CAL; Samantha Walior, WASH.Event Specialist of the Week: Briana Bergeson, ARIZ; Mary Atkinson, ASU; Bridgette Glass, CAL; Kelly Fee, STAN.

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; Mar. 17 - Francesca Mercurio, ASU; Mar. 24 - Carly Janiga, STAN.

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; Mar. 17 - Tia Orlando, ASU; Mar. 24 - Ashley Houghting, WASH.

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