Women's Gymnastics Finish Home Season With No. 6 UCLA and Seattle Pacific
Feb. 25, 2002
The Meet: The Washington women's gymnastics team (3-4) will compete in it's final home match of the season against No. 6 UCLA and Seattle Pacific on Friday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. UCLA enters the meet with a record of 10-4. UCLA set a season-high score in defeating Oregon State, 197.550 - 194.925 on Saturday, Feb. 23. Last year Washington competed at UCLA, along wtih Cal State Fullerton, and Arizona. The Bruins edged out the Huskies 196.725-194.675. UCLA finished second at the Pac-10 Championships last year while Washington took third place. Seattle Pacific enters the meet with a record of 3-5. They are coming off a loss to Sacramento State, 194.475 - 192.050. The Falcons have a high score of 193.050 this season. The Huskies defeated the Falcons in the Fox Sports Northwest Challenge and Shanico Invitational last year.
Last Week: Washington lost to No. 12 Arizona, 195.550 - 193.225. Freshman Carly Dockendorf had Washington's only first-place finish capturing the bars competition with a 9.900. Dockendorf also took fourth in the all-around competition with a 37.725. Sophomore Emily Pritchard took fifth on the vault with a 9.850 and third in the all-around with a 38.800. Senior Allison Bruce took third on the beam with a 9.750 and seventh on the bars with a 9.725. Sophomre Tanya Powers tied for second on the bars with Nikki Beyschau of Arizona scoring a 9.825.
Freshman First: Carly Dockendorf took first on the floor against top-ranked Utah, with a career high of 9.975. This was the hightest score on the floor for a freshman in Washington history. Dockendorf came away with Washington's only first place finish against Arizona, winning the bars 9.900. Against Cal, Dockendorf was impressive with solid routines on vault (9.750), bars (9.775) and floor (9.875). Dockendorf set a career high on the vault with a 9.775 against Arizona State.
Sophomore Sensation: Washington's Emily Pritchard is quickly moving from freshman phenom to sophomore sensation in 2002. Last year she arguably had the best season ever by a Husky gymnast. An all-arounder, Pritchard competed in every meet for the Huskies, won the NCAA South Central Regional bars title (9.900) and finished second in the all-around at that meet. Pritchard's top performance came during the Pac-10 Championships when he recorded career highs on bars (9.925), beam (9.850) and floor (9.825) for a season-best score of 39.500. Pritchard competed as an individual at the NCAA Championships. Her top finish was a 33rd-place showing on vault (9.775). Pritchard has continued to make her mark this year, taking first in the all-around at Stanford (38.925) and winning the bars competition against Boise State, with a score of 9.800 . Pritchard then tied for first on the bars with My-Lan Dodd of Cal, 9.850. Pritchard's three event titles in UW's first three outings this season equals her total from the 2001 season.
Powering Up: With the loss of Stacy Wong due to a knee injury, and now a knee injury to Molly Seaman, sophomore Tanya Powers is expected to see more time as an all-arounder for the remainder of the year. Powers, who was second in the all-around against Cal at 39.200. She also picked up her first event championship with first-place honors on vault with a career-best score of 9.900. Against Utah, Powers captured third in the all-around with a 38.775. Powers tied her career on the vault with a 9.900 against Arizona State. Powers also set a career high on the beam against Arizona State with a 9.900. Powers tied for second on the bars against aNikki Beyschau of Arizona with a 9.825.
First Timers: Washington has been able to count on several freshman to contribute during the 2002 season. Lauren Brooks has been a solid competitor on the vault and floor during the season. Brooks scored a career best 9.675 on the vault against Arizona State. Brooks set a career high on the floor in the same meet, finishing with a 9.775. Brooks scored a 9.725 on the floor against Arizona. Courtney Canavan is also in the vault rotation, with a high score of 9.675 against Boise State and Oregon State. Canavan set a career high on the beam with a 9.675 against Arizona State. Freshman Kimberly Lewis competed on the beam for the first time at Oregon State, scoring 9.325. Lewis set a career high on the floor with a 9.875 against Utah. Lewis then set a career high on the bars with a 9.700 against Arizona State.
Head Coach Bob Levesque: Washington head coach Bob Levesque is in his 12th season coaching the Huskies in 2002. Levesque owns a career record of 130-104-1. He came to Washington in 1991 after a career as a highly-successful club coach. He has taken the Huskies to the NCAA Championships three times (1994, 1997, 1998) and guided the team to one NCAA Regional championship (1998). Levesque was honored as the Pac-10 coach of the year in both 1997 and 1998. As a club-level coach, he tutored six future Olympians. He also coached Tanya Chaplin, the current head coach at Oregon State. Levesque is a 1972 graduate of Fresno State.
Injuries: Washington junior Stacy Wong will miss the entire 2002 season after suffering a knee injury during training on Jan. 11. Wong, UW's top performer, missed most of the 1999 season due to injuries and had to sit out the 2000 season due to an ACL injury in her right knee. Washington will also be without sophomore Daniela Medlin for the 2002 season. A series of foot surgeries will cause her to seek a medical redshirt for the year. Medlin competed on bars for Washington in 2001, recording a career-high score of 9.900 at the Pac-10 Championships. The Huskies have lost the services of sophomore Tacia LaBatte, who suffered a broken right foot on Jan. 21 during practice. Sophomore Molly Seaman suffured a season-ending knee injury during practice not even a week after winning the all-around for the Huskies against California.
The Boss is Back: After missing the 2001 season due to an Achilles tendon injury, Allison Bruce returns to the Washington lineup this season as the team's lone senior. Bruce has competed on all four events during her UW career, but never once as an all-arounder. In 2000, as a sophomore, Bruce was a regular on vault, beam and floor. Bruce has already set one career high this season with a 9.775 on bars against Arizona State. Bruce scored a 9.725 on the bars against Arizona and came in third on the beam with a 9.750 in the same meet.
Young Pups: This year's Husky team will be one of the youngest since Husky coach Bob Levesque took over the program in 1991. The active roster features just one senior (Allison Bruce), seven sophomores and five freshmen.
Local Ties: There is a distinctive northwest flavor to this year's Husky squad. A total of eight of Washington's 15 gymnasts hail from the state of Washington. Another, freshman Carly Dockendorf, is from British Columbia.