Another Top-10 Team Awaits UW Gymnasts

Feb. 26, 2003

The Meet: The 12th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (9-5) returns home after two away meets last week. Washington competes in a four-way meet against 9th-ranked Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. When the Huskies host Oregon State this Friday, they will be the sixth opponent UW has faced this year that is currently ranked among the top 10 in the nation. That list includes UCLA (1), Nebraska (3), Arizona State (4), Florida (6), Stanford (8), and Oregon State (9). A week from now the Huskies can add a seventh team to that list when UW visits No. 5 Utah.

Last Week: Washington traveled to California on Friday, Feb. 21 for a three-way meet with Sacramento State. The Huskies finished second, behind the Golden Bears, with a score of 194.850. The sophomore class led UW with three gymnasts posting career bests. Sophomore Courtney Canavan placed fourth on the beam with a career high of 9.800. Sophomore Kim Lewis tied for second on the bars, giving herself a new career best of 9.875. Sophomore Tacia LaBatte tied for fourth on the bars with a new career best of 9.850. On Sunday, Washington competed in the Masters Classic at Nebraska. Louisiana State and Kent State also competed in the meet. Washington placed second to Nebraska with a score of 196.725. Freshman Kelly McDonald placed second on the vault with a new career best of 9.925. McDonald also scored career bests in two other events, placing sixth on the floor with a 9.875 and tying with teammate Carly Dockendorf for third in the all-around with a score of 39.400. Senior Stacy Wong tied for second on the beam tying her career best of 9.950. On the two meets in three days, head coach Bob Levesque said, 'It was good to hit on the road last weekend. I talked to the girls before the meet at Nebraska and told them they were too good to miss that many away meets in a row. We've had two weeks with five competitions and the girls were the most tired I had seen them all season. But we came in and went seven for seven on the beam, which put a spark in them. The team did well. Dockendorf had the most floor exercise I've ever seen her do. We had a great score.'

Levesque on This Week: 'Oregon State is sort of like our in-state rival since they are geographically the closest team to us. We always have a great competition against them and we beat them at home or they beat us when they are at home. Hopefully we can continue that tradition on Friday.'

Up and Coming: The Huskies are ranked 12th in this week's GymInfo collegiate poll. They have a season high score of 197.000 from when they placed first against Arizona and San Jose State in Seattle, Wash. on Jan. 24. UW is also ranked 22nd in the floor exercise, 15th in the balance beam competition, ninth in the uneven bars competition and third in the vault competition. Sophomore Emily Pritchard is ranked 23rd this week with an all-around high of 39.475. Pritchard is also tied for seventh in the uneven bars competition. Sophomore Carly Dockendorf is tied for 17th in the uneven bars competition. Freshman Kelly McDonald is ranked eighth in the vault competition and senior Stacy Wong is tied for 13th. Complete rankings can be found at www.troester.com/gym.

Noting the Huskies

Pritchard Nationally Ranked: Husky junior Emily Pritchard is ranked 23rd in the all-around this week. Pritchard placed sixth in the all-around at the Masters Classic with a 38.775. 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 tied for second on the beam tying her career best of 9.950 at the Masters Classic. Wong won the vault competition 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 tied her career best on the vault of 9.900 with a third place tie at the Masters Classic. 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 Continues to Succeed in the All-Around: Sophomore Carly Dockendorf tied for third in the all-around with a 39.400 at the Masters Classic. She tied for first on the bars tying her career best of 9.950 in the same meet. For the first time in her successful career, 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 scored a career best on the bars of 9.850, tying for fourth against Cal and Sacramento State. 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 scored a career best in the all-around of 39.400 at the Masters Classic. She also scored a career best on the floor of 9.875 finishing sixth. McDonald tied her career best on the vault of 9.925 finishing second in the same meet. 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 at the Masters Classic, coach Levesque says, 'She has not hit a meet all year and really shined for us today. She rocked all four events and it was good for her to step up and give her the boost of confidence she needs. Hopefully she can turn this performance into a 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 143-118-1. 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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