No. 24 Washington Gymnasts Travels to Boise State
March 7, 2001
This Week: The 24th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (10-5-1) returns to the road for the first time in a month when the Huskies compete in a dual meet at Boise State (8-5) on Saturday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. PT.
Working on the RQS: When the Huskies travel to Boise State this week, they hope to improve on their current Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), which is an average of the team's top three home and road scores during the season. Currently the Huskies' RQS is 194.670, which ranks them 24th nationally and fifth in the western region. Washington's RQS includes a road score of 192.950 (at Denver). If Washington's recent three-meet home stretch is any indication, the Huskies should be able to drop that score from their RQS average and replace it with a higher mark this week. During the Huskies' recently completed home stand, Washington posted scores of 195.575, 196.875 (school record) and 196.725. Washington's last road meet at UCLA provided a score of 194.675. In the Huskies last four meets, the team's average score has been 195.963. Boise State is currently ranked seventh in the western region with a RQS of 193.910.
Meet Breakdown: Washington owns a 22-8 record against Boise State. The Huskies defeated the Broncos 191.800 to 190.725 in a dual meet at Bank of America Arena on Jan. 21. Those scores stand as the lowest by both teams this season. Seniors Lanna Apisukh and Mandi Klug led the Husky effort against the Broncos. Apisukh tied a personal best on bars with a score of 9.900, while Klug set a career best with a score of 9.900 on floor exercise. Several Husky freshmen contributed solid scores in the victory. Molly Seaman, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., scored a personal best of 9.775 in the floor exercise while Emily Pritchard, of Buckley recorded a 9.775 on the beam.
Levesque on the Huskies: 'This week's meet is very important because we need to improve our RQS. Boise State is a tough place to win a meet. They beat us by less than half a point there last season and they already have a win against a ranked (16th) Minnesota team this year at home. I'm really happy where our team is at this point in the season. They have done a terrific job the last month. They have a lot of confidence, they are throwing some harder routines and they have not let adversity slow them down during a meet. We are going to break up our routine and start practicing in the afternoon since the rest of our meets will be in the evening. Hopefully that will have a good impact on how we do down the stretch.'
The Polls: Washington actually dropped one spot in this week's gymnastics coaches poll, despite tying third-ranked Utah with a score of 196.725 last week. The Huskies fell back one spot after LSU reentered the poll. Individually, junior Stacy Wong continues to post scores that keeps her ranked among the best bars competitors in the nation. Wong is tied for ninth this week with an average score of 9.910.
Last Time Out: Thanks to a senior Mandi Klug's perfect score on floor exercise, the Huskies managed to tie the third-ranked Utah (196.725) and defeat Western Michigan (194.075) in a three-way meet at Bank of America Arena on March 4. The Huskies trailed Utah 147.625 to 147.225 entering the meet's final rotation. Washington got floor scores of 9.850 from Molly Seaman, a 9.875 from Amy Metcalf, a 9.900 from Stacy Wong and a 9.875 from Lanna Apisukh before Klug performed. Her 10 was only the sixth in Washington history and helped the Huskies to set a team record on floor exercise with a score of 49.500. Washington opened the meet with a school record score of 49.400 on vault. Utah, in its final rotation, scored 49.100 on vault. Klug joins former Husky Tiffany Simpson as the only Washington gymnast to record a 10 on floor exercise. Simpson turned in three 10 scores during her career from 1996 to 2000. Klug was one of two Huskies to win events for Washington. Junior Stacy Wong set a career high on vault with a score of 9.975 to grab top honors in that event. Wong also won the all-around competition for the second straight week with a score of 39.650, just .05 off of her school-record score she had against Oregon State. Utah's Theresa Kulikowski won the bars with a score of 9.925 while the Utes' Shannon Bowles took home first place on beam with a score of 9.950.
Klug Joins Elite Company: When Husky senior Mandi Klug scored a 10.000 on floor exercise last week against Utah and Western Michigan, she became just the fourth Husky gymnast to ever record a perfect routine. Stacy Connolly was the first UW competitor to post a 10.000 when she did it during the 1993 season on uneven bars. Klara Kudilkova did it next with a perfect score on vault in 1996 at the Pac-10 Championships at Oregon State. Tiffany Simpson recorded three 10 scores on floor exercise during her career. Like Klug, her last came during her final home meet as a senior.
Wong's First All-Around Win is Memorable: Washington'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 nationally ranked 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 eight meets.
Wong ... The Sequel: While she didn't top her career-record performance in the all-around she set against Oregon State, Stacy Wong won her second straight all-around competition last week against Utah and Western Michigan. Wong's score of 39.650 was just .050 from tying her school-record total from the previous week. Wong reset her career high on vault with a mark of 9.975, tied for the second best in school history, and she equaled her career best on beam (9.900) and floor (9.900). Surprisingly, it was her bars' score (9.875), her strongest event, that probably kept her for resetting the school record in the all-around. Wong's vault score against Utah also allowed her to win that event. Wong currently leads the Huskies with 11 event victories this season.
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. Against Oregon State, 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.
Pritchard Busts Loose: Washington freshman Emily Pritchard is having one of the best first seasons in the Husky program's history. Last week against Utah and Western Michigan, Pritchard set her career high in the all-around with a score of 39.350. She set or tied career marks in vault (9.950), bars (9.900) and beam (9.850) during the meet. That marked the fourth time in five meets this season she has eclipsed the 39.000 mark while competing in the all-around. Here is where Pritchard stacks up against the other top freshmen all-arounders who have competed at Washington in recent years:
Name (Fr. Season) Vault Bars Beam Floor AAEmily Pritchard (2001) 9.950 9.900 9.850 9.825 39.350Tiffany Simpson (1996) 9.900 9.900 9.875 9.875 39.325Lauren Riesenman (1997) 9.750 9.800 9.875 9.900 39.100Jamie Stauffer (1995) 9.900 9.825 9.725 9.750 38.800Klara Kudilkova (1995) 9.750 9.650 9.725 9.775 38.525Stacy Connolly (1993) 9.250 10.000 9.850 9.850 37.850
The Freshman Factor: Washington's seven-member freshman class have been significant contributors towards the Huskies success this season. All seven have competed in meets this year and three have posted scores of 9.900 or better in competition. Emily Pritchard, who has topped the 39.000 mark in the all-around four times this season, heads up the class. She has posted scores of 9.900 or better on vault (9.950) and bars (9.900). Molly Seaman, who competes on vault, beam and floor, has turned in a pair of 9.900 performances on floor. Kim Claussen, a bars specialist, has one 9.900 on the event. Pritchard is the only member of the class to record an event victory this year. She took top honors on beam in the first home dual meet of the season.
Next Week: The Huskies travel to Oregon State to compete in the Shanico Invitational on March 17.
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.