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March 19, 2003

The Meet: The 13th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (13-6) completes its regular season at home in a three-way meet with Seattle Pacific and Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Mar. 21 at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Washington will recognize seniors Stacy Wong and junior Gharde Geldenhuys during their final home meet. This will mark the second meeting of the season between UW and SPU. On Feb. 7 Washington won a dual meet at SPU with a score of 194.550 while the Falcons scored 189.550. Washington is currently 11-0 against SPU. Washington has not competed against Cal State Fullerton since 2001 and are 6-4 overall, with the Huskies winning the last four meets. Junior standout Emily Pritchard missed the last two week's competitions with kidney stones but could return to the lineup this week on the bars and vault this Friday. Sophomore Tacia LaBatte will also compete for the Huskies after sitting out the meet at Boise State due to sore legs.

Last Week: Washington traveled to Boise State for a 196.050-195.450 dual-meet victory. The win was highlighted by a season-high score of 49.250 on beam. The Huskies' individual efforts were led by freshman Christina Pelaez. Competing for only the fourth time this season on the vault, she won the competition with a career best of 9.950. Freshman Kelly McDonald won the all-around competition for the first time in her career with a 39.275. Sophomore Carly Dockendorf added another great floor performance by tying for first with a 9.950. After battling the flu the past week, senior Stacy Wong pulled through and won the beam competition with a 9.925. On the meet against Boise State, head coach Bob Levesque said, 'Having Christina come out and score a 9.950 on the vault was great. It was the surprise vault of her life. We were lean this week with only five competitors on the bars and then having to count a fall. If we would have been full force, it would have helped our score and move us up in the rankings. We started on the bars, but Kelly stumbled on her dismount. We did very well on the vault and did okay on the floor. We put it all together for the beam.'

Levesque on This Week: 'We are looking to field the strongest team we can against Cal State Fullerton and SPU this Friday. The only downfall with having a home meet is that our RSQ cannot improve by much to move us up in the rankings. This will definately be a tune-up for the Pac-10 Championships. SPU will use this meet to get ready for the Division II nationals. This meet is also important for Cal State Fullerton because they need a good road score to get a spot in the regionals. So overall, everyone will be competing for a strong score and this should be a great meet.'

Up and Coming: The Huskies are ranked 13th in this week's GymInfo collegiate poll. They have a season high score of 197.050 from a four-way meet with Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State in Seattle, Wash. on Feb 28. Washington is ranked 17th on the floor, 25th on the balance beam, eighth on the uneven bars and fifth on the vault. Sophomore Carly Dockendorf is ranked 10th on the floor and tied for sixth on the uneven bars. Senior Stacy Wong is ranked ninth on the balance beam and tied for 19th on the vault. Junior Emily Pritchard is tied for 22nd on the uneven bars. Freshman Kelly McDonald is tied for ninth on the vault. Complete rankings can be found at www.troester.com/gym.

Regional Ticket Information: Washington will host the 2003 West Regionals on Saturday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Reserved seats are $12.50 in the lower bowl for all ages. General admission tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for UW students, youths 18 and under, and senior citizens in the upper level. Visit www.gohuskies.com to purchase tickets or call 206-543-2200.

Pac-ing It In: All of the Pac-10's seven gymnastics team are ranked in the top 20 this week. UCLA heads up the poll followed by Arizona State (3), Stanford (8), Oregon State (11), Washington (13), California (17) and Arizona (19). UW has faced seven opponents this year that are currently ranked among the top 10 in the nation. That list includes UCLA (1), Nebraska (2), Arizona State (3), Florida (7), Stanford (8), Oregon State (11) and Utah (6). Washington already has a pair of wins against top-10 opponents this year with victories against eighth-ranked Stanford and 11th-rankedOregon State.

A Double Threat: Sophomore Carly Dockendorf tied for third on the beam with a 9.875 and first on the floor with a 9.950 at Boise State. She placed fifth in the all-around with 38.375 in the same meet. She tied for third on the floor with a 9.925 and placed second on the bars with a 9.900 at Utah. She is not just competing for the UW gymnastics team, but also the UW track and field team these days. Less than 12 hours after scoring a perfect 10.000 on the floor in a four-way home meet with Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State, Dockendorf turned in the fifth best pole vault mark in UW history of 12-0 at the Pac-10 Indoor Invitational on March 1. The mark tied Dockendorf for sixth place in the track meet. It was only Dockendorf's second track competition in her UW career. She competed once before, unattached, at the Ken Foreman Invitational in 2002. With only two weeks of practice, Dockendorf finished third with a mark of 12-1 1/2 that would have ranked her fourth all-time in UW history. Washington has only been competing in pole vaulting for six years. Dockendorf won the B.C. Provincial Championship in the pole vault as a senior in high school in Port Moody, British Columbia. She is also having an outstanding season for the gymnastics team. She 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.

Pritchard Pushes Forward: Junior Emily Pritchard did not compete against Utah and at Boise State due to kidney stones. When healthy, Pritchard been a force for UW this season. She tied for sixth on the vault with a score of 9.825 and third place tie on the bars of 9.900 against Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State. 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. She competed against OSU, Boise State and Sac. State while battling kidney stones. She is a fighter and we look forward to having her back for the Pac-10's and Regionals.'

Wong Continues Strong Leadership: Senior Stacy Wong won the beam competition at Boise State with a 9.925. She tied for third on the vault with a 9.800 in the same meet. She tied for fourth on the vault at Utah with a 9.875. She won the beam tying her career best of 9.950, against Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State. At the Masters Classic and against Stanford, Wong won the vault competition with a score of 9.950. 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 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: Junior Tanya Powers placed second in the all-around at Boise State with a 39.250. She tied for second on the bars with a 9.825 and third on the vault with a 9.800. She tied for fifth on the bars at Utah with a 9.850. She scored a career best on the bars against Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State with a score 9.875. She 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.

Returning to the Rotation: Sophomore and former Utah gymnast Tacia LaBatte led the Huskies with a third-place finish in the all-around and her best score ever of 39.350 at Utah. This was only the second time LaBatte had competed in the all-around. She tied for second on the vault with a career best of 9.900. She also tied her career best on the bars with a fifth place tie and score of 9.850. LaBatte then went on to score another career best on the beam with a sixth place tie and score of 9.800. 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. On her performance at Utah, head coach Bob Levesque said, 'Being back at Utah added more pressure on her because she was performing in front of many friends and family. She went out and scored her best all-around score ever, in only her second time competing as an all-arounder. She came through for us.'

McDonald Making Her Mark: Freshman Kelly McDonald won the all-around for the first time in her career with a 39.275 at Boise State. She placed second on the vault with a 9.925 tied for third on the floor with a 9.850 in the same meet. She tied for fourth on the vault and tied for third on the bars with a 9.875 at Utah. She captured the vault and uneven bars competition scoring career bests in both events of 9.975 and 9.950, respectively. McDonald also scored a career best on the floor with a second place tie of 9.925. She scored a career best in the all-around of 39.400 at the Masters Classic. 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 147-119-1. 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.

A New Husky: Assistant coach Frank Lee did not travel to Utah on Mar. 7. Lee's wife, Uyen, gave birth the day of the competition to Landon Lee. He was born at 8:25 a.m. and weighed seven pounds, three ounces. The Lee's have an older daughter, Jasmine.

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