Gymnasts Travel to No. 4 Michigan

March 6, 2002

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The Meet: The Washington women's gymnastics team (3-5) will travel east to take on No. 4 Michigan and No. 14 Denver on Saturday, Mar. 9 at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Washington has only competed against Michigan one other time in 1996 at Nebraska in a quad meet that also included Ball State as well. The Huskies finished third with a 190.125 while Michigan came in second with a 193.200. Nebraska won the meet with a 193.800 while Ball State finished fourth with a 188.900. Washington has a 5-3 record against Denver. Denver defeated Washington at Denver in a quad meet with Maryland and California in 2001. Denver placed first with 194.175 while Washington came in second with 192.950.

Last Week: Washington finished second to No. 6 UCLA in a three-way meet with Seattle-Pacific. UCLA scored 197.050 while the Huskies scored 195.000. Seattle-Pacific finished third with a score of 191.775. Despite the loss, the Huskies tied or set many career high's. Freshman Carly Dockendorf scored a career high on the vault in a seventh-place tie with a 9.825. Sophomore Emily Pritchard tied her career high on the vault, winning the competition with a 9.950. Pritchard tied her career high on the floor as well with a 9.900, finishing second. Senior Allison Bruce tied her career high on the bars with a ninth place tie at 9.775. Freshman Lauren Brooks tied her career high on the floor with a 10th place tie at 9.775.

Freshman First: Carly Dockendorf took first on the floor against top-ranked Utah, with a career high of 9.975. That 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 9.825 against UCLA and Seattle-Pacific. Dockendorf placed fourth in the all-around against UCLA and Seattle-Pacific with a 38.250.

Sophomore Sensation In the Rankings: Washington's Emily Pritchard has moved from freshman phenom to sophomore sensation in 2002. Pritchard is currently ranked 21st in the all-around with a season high of 39.675 against �rizona State. Pritchard is currently ranked 18th on the bars wih a season high of 9.950 against Utah. Pritchard is currently tied for 17th on the vault with a season high of 9.950 against Arizona State and UCLA and Seattle-Pacific. 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).

Powering Up: Sophomore Tanya Powers is seeing more time as an all-arounder. Powers 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.

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 against �rizona State with a score of 9.775. Brooks tied that same score against UCLA and Seattle-Pacific. 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 at Oregon State. Canavan tied that same score against UCLA and Seattle-Pacific. 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.

Improving Her Mark: 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. Bruce has already set one career high this season with a 9.775 on bars against Utah. She tied the same score with Arizona State and UCLA and Seattle-Pacific. Bruce scored a season high on the beam of 9.775 at Standford. She tied the same score with California and UCLA and Seattle-Pacific.

Moving Up: Washington's score of 196.575 in a win over Arizona State was Washington's fifth best all-time score. Emily Pritchard's all-around score of 39.675 against Arizona State ties her for third all-time in Washington history. Carly Dockendorf's all-around score of 39.550 against Arizona State ties her for tenth all-time in Washington history.

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 130-105-1. 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.

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.

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