Husky Individuals Head to NCAA Championships
April 21, 2003
Seattle - NCAA Championships: Washington will send three competitors to the 2003 NCAA Women's Gymnastics championships to be held at Nebraska's Bob Devaney Center April 24-26. Sophomores Carly Dockendorf and Tacia LaBatte advanced to the individual all-around competition after finishing third and fifth, respectively, at the NCAA West Regional. They were the two highest finishers in the all-around not automatically advancing to the NCAA Championships with a team. Both will compete during the morning session on Thursday, April 24. In addition to challenging for the NCAA all-around title, they can also qualify for the individual event finals on Sunday. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition. Husky senior Stacy Wong will compete on beam Sunday after tying for that event championships at the NCAA West Regional.
Regional Recap: Washington placed third at the NCAA West Regional Championship it hosted on April 12. LSU edged the Huskies by .025 for second place an an automatic invitation to the NCAAs. Nebraska won the regional with a score of 196.650. LSU scored 196.000 while Washington was third at 195.675. Cal State Fullerton took fourth place at 193.175, Boise State and San Jose State tied for fifth at 192.875. The Huskies had the misfortune of drawing a rotation that saw them start on floor and end with a bye. Washington's first rotation score of 48.850 on floor was their lowest score of the year on the event. Despite not receving a team bid to the NCAAs, there were several bright spots for the Huskies during the regional. Carly Dockendorf tied for top honors on floor with LSU's April Burkholder at 9.925. Dockendorf won the bars title outright with a score of 9.950. Stacy Wong tied Nebraska's Richelle Simpson forthe beam title with scores of 9.950. Husky freshman Kelly McDonald was second in the vault at 9.850.
Washington Individual Competitors
Dockendorf will rotate with LSU during the morning session of the NCAAs on April 24. As a sophomore she became the first gymnast in UW history to record three 10s during a season. She recorded one 10 on bars to win the Pac-10 Championship and had two perfect routines on floor exercise during the season. She will be the last competitor on floor during Thursday's a.m. session. Dockendorf had a career best vault of 9.850 during the year and her best all-round score was a 39.525 in a dual meet with Stanford. She was the only Husky named to the all-Pac-10 team (bars). Dockendorf is ranked eighth nationally on bars and is ninth on floor exercise. She led Washington in 2003 with 12 event championships, including first-place finishes on floor and bars at the NCAA West Regional. She was an honorable mention selection to the Pac-10's All-Academic Team this year. A multi-sport athlete, Dockendorf will be a pole vaulter for the Husky track team this spring. She competed in an indoor meet in February, the morning after a home gymnastics meet.
LaBatte will rotate with Alabama during the morning session of the NCAAs on April 24. After transferring from Utah following the 2000 season, LaBatte saw her first full year of service at Washington in 2003. She missed most of 2002 due to a foot injury. She competed in all four events, but was an all-arounder just four times, including her fifth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Career best all-around score is a 39.350 she scored in dual meet at Utah. She had three career highs on evnets in that meet including a 9.9 on vault, a 9.85 on bars and a 9.8 on beam. Her career best on floor is 9.95. She has yet to win an event championship as a Husky. LaBatte was an honorable mention selection to the Pac-10's All-Academic Team this year.
The Husky senior will be making her first appearance at the NCAAs, competing on beam during the individual event championships. She earned the spot to the NCAAs after tying Nebraska's Richelle Simpson at the West Regional with a score of 9.950. Her career high on the event was a 9.975 she had in a meet with Cal State Fullerton and Seattle Pacific this season. Wong took top honors on beam during six meets in 2003. Wong missed the 2000 and 2002 seasons due to injury. Before injuries limited her to vault and bars, Wong set the UW record in the all-around with a score of 39.725 at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships.
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