Washington Gymnasts Host No. 3 Utah and Western Michigan
Feb. 27, 2001
Seattle - The 23rd-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (9-5) concludes a three-week home stand when the Huskies entertain No. 3 Utah (7-1) and Western Michigan (7-5) on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Meet Breakdown: This weekend's meet will mark the first time the Huskies have competed against Western Michigan. Washington has never beaten Utah in 27 previous competitions. Sunday's meet will be the second competition for the Western Michigan squad in Seattle. The Broncos will face Seattle-Pacific in a dual meet on Feb. 28.
Senior Sendoff: Sunday's meet will be the final home competition for three seniors on this year's Husky squad, Lanna Apisukh, Mandi Klug and Jessica Schedler. Apisukh is a two-time (1999, 2000) all-Pac-10 performer in the all-around. She appeared at the NCAA Championships as a freshman and sophomore and ranks in the top-20 on UW's all-time performance lists for all four events and the all-around. Klug, serving as captain for a second straight season, is coming off of one of her best meets. In last Sunday's upset of 13th-ranked Oregon State, Klug set a career high on vault (9.850) and tied her personal best on floor exercise (9.950). Schedler also had one of her best meets last week, setting her career high on vault (9.850). All three seniors will be honored following the conclusion of Sunday's competition. Apisukh, Klug and Schedler will all have one additional opportunity to perform at home when Washington hosts the Pac-10 Championships on March 24 in Bank of America Arena.
Levesque on the Huskies: 'I felt like we have been getting better and better this past month, so I was not too surprised that we had a good meet against Oregon State and came out with a victory,' says Husky coach Bob Levesque. 'I was hoping for a good score, but I didn't think we would wind up breaking the school record (196.875). I was really pleased to see Stacy Wong have a great meet. She had to battle through injuries the past two seasons and she was really on last Sunday. While she got a lot of attention by setting the school record in the all-around (39.700), it was really the efforts of everyone that led to the victory. The team did a great job of sticking their dismounts, and that was probably the biggest factor. This week is another huge challenge. We have never beaten Utah and Western Michigan is coming off their two best scores of the season. I think the team will be up since it is the last home event for the three seniors. They will want to put on a solid performance for them.'
The Polls: Washington jumped back into the national polls this week, the first time this season Regional Qualifying Scores have been used in the poll. The Huskies are ranked 23rd while Utah figures third in the standings. The Huskies are ranked 24th nationally in uneven bar while Western Washington is 23rd on the balance beam. Utah is ranked in the top 10 in all four events. The Utes are first in the nation on beam, second on floor exercise, third on uneven bars and eighth on vault. Washington's Stacy Wong is tied for seventh nationally in the individual bars standings while Lanna Apisukh is ranked 22nd on floor exercise. Utah has a number of nationally-ranked gymnasts, highlighted by Shannon Bowles, the nation's top beam performer, Deidra Graham, who is ranked second in the all-around and Theresa Kulikowski, who is second on bars.
Last Time Out: Washington defeated 13th-ranked Oregon State 196.875 to 196.325 in a record-setting performance. The Huskies team score was a school record and Washington's bars score of 49.500 also set a school mark. Washington had 16 career-high performances, topped by junior Stacy Wong, who won the all-around with a school record score of 39.700. Wong's score allowed her to win the all-around competition for the first time in her career. She helped the Huskies to sweep first place in every event, and the top three spots in the all-around. Wong won the vault with a score of 9.950, finished first on bars with a 9.950 and tied teammate Lanna Apisukh for top honors on beam with a 9.900. Both her vault and beam scores were career highs. She tied her career high on floor with a 9.900, finishing third in that event. Washington senior Mandi Klug won the floor exercise by tying her career high on floor exercise with a 9.950. Oregon State's Annie Campbell also tied Apisukh and Wong for top honors on balance beam to lead the Beavers. Campbell finished fourth in the all-around with a season-high score of 39.300. The meet marked the first time this season Oregon State did not have to count a fall during competition. The Beavers' overall score was their second best of the year.
Record Setters: Here is a list of the Washington gymnasts who tied or set career high schools in the Huskies' victory against Oregon State: Vault: Stacy Wong (9.950), Mandi Klug (9.850), Emily Pritchard (9.850), Jessica Schedler (9.850), Molly Seaman (9.775), Bars: Lanna Apisukh (9.925), Kim Claussen (9.900), Daniela Medlin (9.850), Beam: Stacy Wong (9.900), Tanya Powers (9.650), Floor: Mandi Klug (9.950), Molly Seaman (9.900), Stacy Wong (9.900), Emily Pritchard (9.900), All-Around: Stacy Wong (39.700), Emily Pritchard (39.325),
Wong's First All-Around Win is Memorable: Last Sunday's dual meet with Oregon State was just the sixth time junior Stacy Wong has competed in the all-around. She had the meet of her life, posting career high scores of 9.950 on vault, 9.900 on beam and 9.900 on floor and a 9.950 on bars to set Washington's school record in the all-around with a mark of 39.700. Jamie Stauffer had set the old record of 39.675 in 1997. The meet marked only the third time that Wong had topped the 39-point mark in her career. Wong is currently ranked seventh nationally in the bars, but it was her superb vault score that helped her set the school record. Wong's vault score of 9.950 was .100 better than her previous best vault, a 9.850 she turned in at Arizona State earlier this season. In addition to winning the all-around competition at the meet, Wong also took home first-place honors on vault, bars and beam. She currently leads the Huskies with nine event victories this year. She has won the bars competition in five of her last seven meets.
Apisukh Racks Up More Wins: Lanna Apisukh's all-around victory against Arizona on Feb. 18 marked the ninth time in her career that she has taken top honors in the all-around at a meet. Her all-around victory, combined with her first-place showing on floor exercise, marked her fourth and fifth event victories this season. Last week Apisukh added a victory on beam to boost her season total to six. She has now racked up 25 event wins during her Husky career. Apisukh holds the distinction of being one of just five Husky gymnasts to score 39.400 or higher in the all-around. She is one of just two Huskies to score at least 9.900 on vault, 9.900 on bars, 9.925 on beam and 9.950 on floor. Tiffany Simpson (1996-2000) is the only other UW gymnast to hold that distinction.
The Freshman Factor: All seven members of Washington's talented freshman class have competed in competition this season. Heading up the list of newcomers is Emily Pritchard, who topped the 39.000 mark three times this season, most recently last week when she recorded a career high score of 39.325 against Oregon State. Pritchard had career highs last week on beam (9.850) and floor (9.825). Molly Seaman is coming off a great stretch of scores. She set a career-best score of 9.775 in three events (vault, beam, and floor) at Arizona State and improved her floor score to 9.900 at California. Two weeks ago she set her career mark on beam at 9.800 and last week against Oregon State she set career marks on vault (9.775) and floor (9.900). Kim Claussen has been a regular for the Huskies on bars, Gharde Geldenhuys has performed on bars and floor, Daniela Medlin has appeared on bars while Amy Metcalf has competed on floor. Tanya Powers has competed on beam the last four weeks.
Next Week: The Huskies travel to Boise State for a dual meet on March 10.