Washington Hosts 2008 Pacific-10 Championships
March 25, 2008
Meet #12: 2008 Pacific-10 Championships
Date... Saturday, March 29, 2008
Time... 4 p.m.
Television... Fox Sports Net (Tape Delay)
Site... Seattle, Wash. (Bank of America Arena)
The Huskies will host the 2008 Pac-10 Championships at Bank of America Arena on Saturday, March 29 at 4 p.m. With five teams ranked in the top-25 all season, the conference meet puts all of the bragging rights on the line as all seven league schools compete in one arena.
Washington has faced off against the other six schools of the conference, posting one victory -- a 193.075-188.450 win over California on Jan. 25. Three schools are ranked in the top-10 (No. 7 Oregon State, No. 8 UCLA and No. 10 Stanford).
'We are hoping to put all four events together and have the meet of our lives,' said head coach Joanne Bowers. 'We haven't had a meet where we've hit on all four events in one night, but Saturday seems like a good day to do that. Our upperclassmen will be very important. They've been at the Pac-10 meet before. They know what it's like and how slow it can feel with three bye rounds. We need our upperclassmen to be steady and really help out our young team.'
Two Washington seniors made the most of their last two meets, as Raimey Iselin (Lake Tapps, Wash.) and Nikki Waiss (Mill Creek, Wash.) picked up back-to-back wins on bars in the two meets against Seattle Pacific. Both members of the duo scored a 9.875 on the event on both nights, as they earned their second and third career victories.
The Husky freshmen have not wasted any time in their transition to collegiate gymnastics. The four rookies have combined for 33 top-3 finishes this season, including 12 against Seattle Pacific on March 14. 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 back-to-back titles in the last two meets, picking up her first event title on floor against SPU and then taking first on bars at SPU.
Junior Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.) has won 21 vault titles in her career, including five 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. 20 in the country on vault with a 9.885 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. 20 Ashley Houghting (9.885)
No. 76 Haley Bogart (9.830)
No. 54 Kristen Linton (9.830)
No. 71 Raimey Iselin (9.815)
No. 76 Nikki Waiss (9.810)
No. 87 Haley Bogart (9.800)
No. 30 Ashley Houghting (9.870)
No. 49 Samantha Walior (9.850)
No. 85 Haley Bogart (38.635)
No. 95 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 shoulder 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. 15 Arizona and No. 19 Arizona State).
Last Time Out
Washington women's gymnastics wrapped up the regular season with a 194.550-192.200 win over Seattle Pacific in the Falcons' home gym, Royal Brougham Pavilion. Houghting scored three event wins, while three other Huskies shared a tie for first place on bars. On the uneven bars, the Huskies posted a new season-high with a 49.2, as three GymDawgs tied for first place. Walior, Iselin and Waiss all finished with a 9.875. On vault, Houghting took first place with a 9.875, followed by Bogart with a 9.85. Linton and junior Emily Epsten (San Diego, Calif.) tied for third place with a 9.75. Houghting won the apparatus with a 9.925 and was followed by second-place finisher Walior (9.85) and Iselin (9.825). Houghting finished the night on beam with her third individual win, scoring a 9.825. Bogart tied SPU's Anissa Madrid for second place with a 9.775, as the Huskies took the meet 194.550-192.200.