UW Gymnastics Moves Up in Rankings

Jan. 29, 2003

The Meet: The 10th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (2-1) travels to seventh-ranked Florida for a meet that also includes George Washington and Rhode Island on Friday, Jan. 31 at 4:00 p.m. PT). This will be the first time that the Huskies compete against schools in the field during a regular season event. Washington's last trip to Gainesville was in 1997 when the Huskies placed eighth at the NCAA Championships.

Last Week: Washington opened the 2003 home season by recording the second highest team score in school history to win a three-way meet against 15th-ranked Arizona and San Jose State. The Huskies scored a 197.000 while the Wildcats were second with a score of 194.650 and the Spartans finished third with a score of 193.275. The Huskies were led by junior Emily Pritchard who won the all-around with a score of 39.425. Senior Stacy Wong tied a career best capturing the beam with a 9.950. Husky head coach Bob Levesque was pleased with the team score, saying, 'We did a much better job than last week and did not have to count any falls. It was great to have the second best score in school history this early in the year. I think we have the makings of a very strong squad and I think we can do even better.'

Levesque on This Week: 'Florida scored around a 195.000 in their last home meet and if we can go in there and score a 196.000 or above, we will do well. We want a good score, but we also want good performances from the kids. We want to be able to see if their performances are on course with where they are heading for the season and to help them remain consistent. If we do well routine wise, as we did last Friday, we will do fine. We just need to be able to fix little mistakes that are holding us back from our best performances.'

Up and Coming: The Huskies are ranked 10th overall this week. Washington is ranked first on the vault competition overall and 11th on the uneven bars competition. A Washington gymnast is ranked in each five individual events. Junior Emily Pritchard is ranked individually in three events - - 24th in the all-around, sixth on the uneven bars and 17th on the vault. Junior Tanya Powers is 20th on the balance beam. Sophomore Tacia LaBatte is tied for 10th on the floor. Freshman Kelly McDonald and senior Stacy Wong are tied for seventh and 12th on the vault, respectively. Full rankings can be found at www.troester.com/gym.

Noting the Huskies

Huskies Post Top Marks Early in Season: Washington scored it's second best ever team score against Arizona and San Jose State with a 197.000. The Huskies all-time high score of 197.650 was set at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. Washington's score of 194.150 in the season opener at Arizona State was the top score ever posted by a Husky team in a season opener. Washington's previous best season-opening score was a 193.375 for the Huskies season-opening victory against California in 2000.

Pritchard Picks Up Another All-Around Victory: Husky junior Emily Pritchard won the all-around against Arizona and San Jose State with a score of 39.425. Pritchard did not win any events but finished in the top five of all four competitions. Pritchard placed second on the bars and third on the floor with a score of 9.900 in each event. Last year Pritchard led the Huskies with 11 event titles. Last season she captured first place in the all-around in four meets, including a career best of 39.675 against Arizona State. Pritchard also took first place on the vault at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships at Stanford, with a career best of 9.975. Pritchard was named to the 2002 Pac-10's All-Conference Team. A native of Buckley, Wash., she was named all-conference performer on bars, vault and in the all-around. She was the only member of the 2002 All-Pac-10 squad to be named to three events.

Wong Ties Career Best: Senior Stacy Wong tied her career best score on the beam with a 9.950 to finish first against Arizona and San Jose State. Wong placed second on the vault with a 9.875 in the same meet. Wong returned to the lineup against Arizona State after missing the entire 2002 season after suffering a knee injury during training. Wong finished second on the vault with a 9.900 and was eighth on the beam with a 9.750 against ASU. Wong, one of 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. Wong holds the highest all-around score in Washington history with a 39.725, earning her second place at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships.

Powering Up in the All-Around: Junior Tanya Powers scored a career best of 39.325 in the all-around, placing second against Arizona and San Jose State. Powers placed third on the beam and vault in the same meet. Powers finished fifth in the all-around at Arizona State with a score of 38.625. Last season, she picked up her first event championship with first-place honors on vault against Cal with a career-best score of 9.900. Powers set a career high on the beam against Arizona State with a 9.900. Powers tied for 19th on the floor at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships with a career best of 9.825.

Dockendorf Back to Winning Style: Sophomore Carly Dockendorf tied for first place on the floor with teammate Tacia LaBatte with a score of 9.950 against Arizona and San Jose State. Dockendorf had one of the most successful freshman seasons ever for a Husky in 2002. Dockendorf competed in the all-around in seven of 11 meets last season. She tied for fourth in the all-around against Arizona State with a career high score of 39.550. She scored career highs on the bars and beam in the same meet, scoring 9.925 and 9.900 respectively. Against top-ranked Utah, Dockendorf set a record score for a freshman with a 9.975 on the floor, capturing first place. She placed second on the vault at the 2002 NCAA West Regional at Oregon State.

Returning to the Rotation: After missing last season with a broken foot, Sophomore Tacia LaBatte competed for the only the third time for the Huskies against Arizona and San Jose State. LaBatte scored a career best and tied for first place on the floor with teammate Carly Dockendorf with a score of 9.950. Against Arizona State, LaBatte tied for a ninth place finish on the vault with a career best score of 9.800. LaBatte tied for eighth place on the beam with teammate Stacy Wong with a career best score of 9.750 in the same meet. Junior Molly Seaman also returned to action against Arizona State from a knee injury suffered last season. Seaman finished 12th on the bars with a score of 9.100.

McDonald Making Her Mark: Freshman Kelly McDonald placed fourth in the all-around against Arizona and San Jose State with a career best of 38.925. McDonald won the vault competition for the second week in a row with a score of 9.900. McDonald won the vault competition in her first outing as a Husky. The Seattle native score a 9.925 to win the event at the dual-meet at Arizona State.

Head Coach Bob Levesque: Washington head coach Bob Levesque is in his 13th season coaching the Huskies in 2003. Levesque owns a career record of 136-114-1. 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.

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