Ashley Houghting Vaults to Her Sixth Individual Title of 2008
Feb. 22, 2008
Seattle, Wash. - The 26th-ranked Huskies fell just shy of their first upset of the season, as 15th-ranked Arizona State topped Washington, 194.475-194.100, tonight at Bank of America Arena.
"I'm really disappointed we lost," said head coach Joanne Bowers after the meet. "We were very evenly matched teams and we were at home. If we could have taken care of business a little more, we could have won. And that's disappointing."
Although Washington dropped the dual, the Huskies capped the night with seven individuals scoring top-3 finishes, including a win on vault by Ashley Houghting (Welland, Ont.). The junior scored a season-high 9.925 to win the crown, which was her sixth title of the season and her third on vault.
"There were individuals on every event that did very well for us," added Bowers.
Houghting also took second place on floor, scoring a 9.85 to match her season-high, while freshman Samantha Walior (Prior Lake, Minn.) captured second place on bars with a 9.775. Fellow freshman Kristen Linton (Edmonds, Wash.) snagged second on beam with a 9.8, while teammates Walior and junior Kelly Gilbert (Phoenix, Ariz.) tied for third with a 9.75.
"We're just going to keep working hard and try to get better," Bowers commented. "I told the team after the meet that we talk a lot about effort and attitude - and we have been so good in those areas. Now we need to focus on the little things every day in practice, and eventually those will become automatic for us in meets - we won't have to think about them, we'll just do them."
The GymDawgs will take on the other Arizona squad next week, as the Huskies visit the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson. The meet is set for 6:30 p.m. (PT).