No. 14 Washington Gymnasts Host No. 8 Stanford

Feb. 12, 2003

Seattle - The Meet: The 14th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (5-3) returns home to compete against eighth-ranked Stanford (7-1-1) on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Stanford is the only undefeated team in Pac-10 play this season. Stanford has won the last five meets with Washington, leading the series 17-13. Washington opened last season at Stanford, scoring a season low of 191.075 while Stanford won the meet with a score of 193.925. Emily Pritchard won the all-around competition with a score of 38.925.

Last Week: Washington competed in two away meets in three days. On Friday, Feb. 7, Washington picked up a win at Seattle Pacific, 194.550-189.950. Senior Stacy Wong won the vault competition with a score of 9.850. Sophomore Carly Dockendorf was the bars competition and scored a new career best of 9.950. Dockendorf also won the beam competition with a score of 9.875. Junior Molly Seaman won the floor exercise with a score 9.775. Washington did not have an all-around competitor. On Sunday, Feb. 9, Washington traveled to UCLA, falling to the Bruins 198.575-194.800. 'We have had a hard time at away meets this season,' says Husky coach Bob Levesque, 'especially with our confidence, consistency and being able to hit our marks. We have had at least two falls in every away meet this season and we really need to pick it up for the rest of the season.'

Levesque on This Week: 'Stanford is going to be tough. They tied UCLA last week. We have always faired well against them when they have come to Seattle. We have to be on our A-game this week and cannot falter like we did against UCLA. This team's toughness is showing this year. They are in the best shape of any team I have coached and we have received comments at meets from other teams about how physically fit our gymnasts our. Now we just have to be ready mentally. After this meet, our season will be half-way over. If we can continue to compete well at home, we should compete well in the regionals and that is the home meet that really counts.'

Up and Coming: The Huskies are ranked 14th in this week's GymInfo collegiate poll. The Huskies are ranked fourth in the vault competition with an average score of 49.281. Washington is also ranked 16th in the uneven bars competition and 14th in the balance beam competition. Junior Emily Pritchard is ranked 22nd overall and 10th in the uneven bars competition. Senior Stacy Wong is tied in two events - - 19th in the balance beam competition and 14th in the vault competition. Freshman Kelly McDonald is tied for 11th in the vault competition while sophomore Tacia LaBatte is ranked 9th in the floor exercise competition. Complete 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 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 Nationally Ranked: Husky junior Emily Pritchard is ranked 22nd this week. Against UCLA, she finished third in the all-around with a score of 39.325. She tied for third on the bars with a 9.900 in the same meet. Pritchard won the all-around against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island with a 39.325. Pritchard also picked up top honors in the all-around against Arizona and San Jose State with a score of 39.425. On Pritchard's performances this year, coach Levesque says, 'She is getting to the point in her career where she is consistently good. It is good to be able to count on her, especially during away meets, because if something happens to someone else, we can put Emily in without being worried about her performance. If there is something in a meet that is not a sure thing, Emily is the kind of girl who will fight for it. I wish I had 12 more girls like her on the team. Against UCLA, she had a sore ankle, but sucked it up and competed in all four events.'

Wong Picks Up Another Win: Senior Stacy Wong won the vault competition at Seattle Pacific with a score of 9.850. Wong tied for first in two events against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island, scoring a 9.900 on the vault and a 9.950. Wong tied her career best score on the beam with a 9.950 to finish first against Arizona and San Jose State. Wong returned to the lineup against Arizona State after missing the entire 2002 season after suffering a knee injury during training. 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 tied for eighth on the vault with a 9.850 against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. She tied for fourth in the all-around with a 38.875 in the same meet. 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 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 scored a career best on the bars at Seattle Pacific, winning the competition with a score of 9.950. Dockendorf also won the beam competition with a 9.875 in the same meet. At UCLA, she tied for third on the bars with a 9.900. Dockendorf tied her career best score on the vault of 9.850 with a fifth-place finish against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. 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. 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: Sophomore Tacia LaBatte suffered a sprained ankle at Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. She is progressing into all four events again. After missing last season with a broken foot, 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 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 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 tore the scar tissue in her knee this past weekend and will not compete for one week. Seaman finished 12th on the bars with a score of 9.100. At Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island, Seaman finished 16th on the bars and 10th on the beam.

McDonald Making Her Mark: Freshman Kelly McDonald scored a career best in the all-around with a 39.000 and third place finish against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. The Seattle native won the vault competition in her first outing as a Husky, scoring a 9.925 at the dual-meet at Arizona State. On McDonald's performances this year, coach Levesque says, 'She is an awesome athletic specimen. She is petite, muscular and oozing with talent. Consistency is most important though, and she hasn't picked that up yet. She will be competing against SPU and UCLA this weekend because her body can take two meets in a row as a freshman and this will only help her with her consistency.'

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 139-116-1. 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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