No. 12 UW Gymnasts Compete Twice This Week
Feb. 19, 2003
Seattle - The Meet: The 12th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (6-3) hits the road twice this weekend. The Huskies compete in a four-way meet at California on Friday, Feb. 21 with 11th-ranked Denver (4-5) and Sacramento State (4-9). In their last meeting, the Huskies defeated California 194.800-192.625 last season in Seattle. Washington is 32-5 overall against California, including its current five-meet win streak. Washington placed third in a three-way meet with Denver and Michigan last season. Washington is 5-4 against Denver, losing the last three meets. The Huskies have not competed against Sacramento State since 2000 and are 9-0 against them overall. Washington will then travel to fifth-ranked Nebraska (11-1) to compete in the Masters Classic on Sunday, Feb. 23. Also included in the field is14th-ranked Louisiana State (6-3) and 18th-ranked Kent State (6-5). The Huskies last competed against Nebraska in 2001 and are 4-7 overall against the Huskers. It has been 10 years since the Huskies competed against Louisiana State and are 0-2 against them overall. This will be the first meeting between Washington and Kent State.
Reunion Time: Sunday's meet at Nebraska will be a reunion for Washington with former assistant coach Danna Durante, now an assistant for the Cornhuskers. Durante was on Bob Levesque's staff for five seasons. In 1999 she was named the West Regional assistant coach of the year.
Last Week: Washington won a close meet against Pac-10 rival Stanford, 196.775-196.550. Washington scored a season high score on the vault of 49.400 and on the bars of 49.450. Sophomore Carly Dockendorf won the all-around competition for the first time in her career with a score of 39.525. Dockendorf won the bars competition tying a career best of 9.950. She also won the bars competition with a score of 9.950. Senior Stacy Wong won the vault competition with a score of 9.950. 'We knew Stanford had scored well the week before,' said head coach Bob Levesque. 'We knew it was going to be a horse race throughout the meet. It came down to the last event and we had no idea who was going to win. It is always great to beat a Pac-10 team. We had struggled in the three prior away meets and I was impressed with our team. It is going to be a challenge to keep this up on the road for second half of the season.'
Levesque on This Week: 'This is going to be our toughest weekend of the year. If we can get through this, it will be good and help us build towards the Pac-10 Championships and Regionals. Cal scored high in their last meet. We've always done well against them and are ready for a fight. How much we wanted to beat Stanford is how much Cal wants to beat us. Nebraska is just awesome. They always get a good score and notoriously win that competition. We want a great score against them. If we can get over a 196.000, that would be awesome. The great thing about this sport is that what you do at Regionals counts the most and everyone gets a fresh start in that competition.'
Up and Coming: The Huskies are ranked 12th in this week's GymInfo collegiate poll. The Huskies are ranked14th in the balance beam competition, 12th in the uneven bars competition and fifth in the vault competition. Sophomore Carly Dockendorf is nationally ranked for the first time in her career at 17th in the all-around with an average of 39.300. Right behind her is junior Emily Pritchard, ranked at 18th. She has an all-around average of 39.295. Pritchard is also ranked seventh in the uneven bars competition. Senior Stacy Wong is ranked 10th in the vault competition and freshman Kelly McDonald is tied for 14th. Sophomore Tacia LaBatte is ranked seventh in the floor exercise competition. Complete rankings can be found at www.troester.com/gym.
Noting the Huskies
Pritchard Nationally Ranked: Husky junior Emily Pritchard is ranked 18th this week. Against Stanford, she placed second in the all-around with a 39.325. She also tied for second on the bars with a score of 9.925 and placed second on the floor with a 9.925. 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 Continues Strong Leadership: Senior Stacy Wong won the vault competition for the second week in a row with a score of 9.950 against Stanford. The week before she 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. On her performance this season, head coach Bob Levesque says, 'I wish she could be an all-arounder, not just for us, but for herself. She has put in her dues and battled back. She will be an awesome person in life. She is lucky to still be able to do compete in gymnastics. She is the stabilizing influence on this team and a big calming difference.'
Powering Up in the All-Around: Junior Tanya Powers placed third in the all-around against Stanford with a career high score of 39.375. She also tied two career best scores by placing third on the beam with a 9.900 and tying for seventh on the floor with a 9.825. 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 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.
Dockendorf Takes the All-Around: For the first time in her successful career, sophomore Carly Dockendorf placed first in the all-around against Stanford with a score of 39.525. Dockendorf took the bars competition, tying her career best of 9.950. She scored a career best on the bars at Seattle Pacific, with a winning score of 9.950. Dockendorf also won the beam competition with a 9.875 in the same meet. Dockendorf tied her career best score on the vault of 9.850 finishing fifth against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. 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. On Dockendorf's performance at Stanford, head coach Bob Levesque says, 'It was amazing. She had been having a mental block in competition the past two weeks and has become different attitude wise. Her attitude has become lighter, yet focused. If she can maintain what she is doing, that would be awesome.'
Returning to the Rotation: Sophomore Tacia LaBatte returned to competition after suffering a sprained ankle at Florida. She tied her career best on the vault tying for fourth with a 9.850. 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 at UCLA. She 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 tied her career best in the all-around against Stanford, placing sixth with a 39.900.She scored 39.000 with a third place finish in the all-around 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 140-116-1. 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.