No. 18 UW Gymnastics Hosts Boise State in Home Opener

Jan. 17, 2001

This Week: The Washington women's gymnastics team (2-1) plays host to Boise State (1-0) in the Huskies' first home meet of the season Sunday at 2 p.m. PT at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The meet marks the return of the Washington gymnastics program to the Arena after competing in the Pavilion Addition last season while Hec Edmundson Pavilion underwent an 18-month, $43 million renovation.

Levesque on This Week's Meet: 'The team is really looking forward to competing in the Arena,' says Husky head coach Bob Levesque. 'The floor layout should be really great for both the gymnasts and the fans. I'm not sure how much our freshmen will appreciate the new building, but I know the juniors and seniors realize what a tremendous improvement this is, especially our new training gym. We have a pretty good rivalry with Boise State going. Our two scores last week were almost identical, so this is a meet that could be decided on a single fall, or in the last rotation.'

The Polls: Washington is ranked 18th nationally in this week's GymInfo Rankings after recording a score of 192.950 last week at Denver. Husky junior Stacy Wong is ranked sixth nationally on uneven bars after posting a career-best score of 9.925 at Denver. Senior Mandi Klug is 12th in the national rankings on balance beam after scoring 9.875 last week.

Against the Broncos: Washington leads the series with Boise State 22-8. The Broncos won the dual-meet between the two teams last season 194.725 to 194.475 in Boise. Later in the season the Huskies finished above the Broncos at the NCAA Regionals with a fourth-place score of 195.250 while the Broncos scored 193.650 to finish fifth.

Last Time Out: Washington opened the 2000 season at the University of Denver in a four-way meet with the Pioneers, California and Maryland. The Huskies took second-place honors with a score of 192.950 behind Denver's score of 194.175. Maryland was third at 191.925 while California scored 191.650. Washington junior Stacy Wong won the bars competition with a score of 9.925. Husky senior Lanna Apisukh was second in the all-around with a score of 38.825. The meet marked the first time that Wong had competed as a Husky since the 1999 season when she was limited to bars routines due to back surgery. She missed the 2000 season due to a knee injury. The meet was the first time that Wong competed as an all-arounder for the Huskies (38.725). Washington saw five freshmen compete during the meet including Amy Metcalf, Molly Seaman, Emily Pritchard, Kim Claussen and Gharde Geldenhuys.

Levesque's Recap: 'It was a good meet to start the season with five freshmen competing and another doing an exhibition,' says Husky head coach Bob Levesque. 'It was good in terms of establishing a base, learning from our mistakes, and see how much improvement we can make this week. We have identified some areas we need to concentrate on and we've worked on those things this week. Just getting the opening meet over is a plus for the freshmen.'

Next Week: Washington stays at home next weekend when the Huskies play host to Stanford and Seattle Pacifice on Jan. 28 at noon at Bank of America Arena. The meet was originally slated for a 2 p.m. start.

Husky Breakdown: Washington's lineup includes six upperclassmen and seven seniors. Heading up this year's team are seniors Lanna Apisukh, Mandi Klug and Jessica Schedler. The three juniors on the team include Allison Bruce, Sidney Field and Stacy Wong. Washington's roster features seven freshmen, including four, Emily Pritchard, Molly Seaman, Kim Claussen and Gharde Geldenhuys, who are scheduled to compete in the season opener.

Injury Story: Washington will be without junior Allison Bruce during the 2001 season. Bruce suffered a preseason Achilles tendon injury that will force her to miss the entire season.

Last Year: Washington posted a 12-11 record including a third-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA regionals in Corvallis. The Huskies finished 17th in the final GymInfo Coaches Poll. Washington's NCAA regional appearance was its 19th straight. The Huskies were led by all-Pac-10 performer Tiffany Simpson, who tied a school record with a 10.000 performance on floor during the season. Washington All-American Lauren Riesenman made her fourth straight appearance at the NCAA championships, competing as an all-arounder.

Departed Seniors: Washington lost five starters from its 2000 team. The biggest loss was six-time All-American Tiffany Simpson, who was a fifth-year senior last year. She finished her career as the owners of the school records in floor exercise (10.000) and balance beam (9.975). Simpson posted three 10.000 scores on floor during her career. Also graduated is Lauren Riesenman, a four-time performer at the NCAA Championships. Crystal Collins was a steady specialist on bars while Rhyan Pelander and Leah Waarmaki came on strong as seniors and were regulars in the Husky rotation.

2001 GymInfo Women's Gymnastics Rankings(Jan. 15, 2001)

Rank               Team High   Team Avg. 1 Utah              196.375   196.000 2 UCLA              196.200   196.200 3 Georgia           195.350   195.350   Alabama           195.350   195.350 5 Stanford          195.300   195.300 6 Illinois State    195.125   194.550 7 Florida           195.100   194.762 8 Nebraska          194.950   194.950 9 Minnesota         194.850   194.56210 Bowling Green     194.825   194.82511 Michigan          194.475   194.30012 Denver            194.175   194.17513 Oklahoma          194.025   194.02514 Western Michigan  193.850   193.47515 Ohio State        193.500   192.87516 Penn State        193.275   193.27517 Kentucky          193.000   193.00018 Washington        192.950   192.95019 Kent State        192.925   192.92520 Ball State        192.900   190.78721 Iowa              192.800   192.80022 Auburn            192.350   192.35023 New Hampshire     191.700   191.70024 California        191.650   191.65025 Rhode Island      191.625   191.625
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