Washington Faces Stanford Cardinal on the Road
Jan. 28, 2004
The Meet: The 10th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (5-1) travels to Stanford, Calif. to face seventh-ranked Stanford (4-1) on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m at Burnham Pavillion. The meet is the third competition against a Pac-10 team this season. Washington currently holds a 2-1 Pac-10 record. Live scoring of the meet will be available at www.gostanford.com.
Series History: The Huskies look to extend their two-meet winning streak against the Cardinal, and have a slight lead in the all-time series at 18-14. Washington dueled Stanford twice in the 2003 season, losing the first meet at Stanford (191.075-193.325) to open its Pac-10 season. The next matchup proved the Huskies consistent improvement on the season, as they edged out the Cardinal at home for their first team score over 196 (196.775/196.750).
Scouting the Competition: Stanford bounced back from a disappointing loss to Arizona State two weeks ago, solidily defeating Arizona at Burnham Pavillion (197.300-194.625). Led by senior Lise Leveille and sophomore Natalie Foley, the Cardinal captured the top three spots in the all-around en route to tallying their season-high team score. Leveille and Foley tied for the all-around title with a 39.650, while teammate Lindsay Wing rounded out the scoring with a 39.500. Seattle native Caroline Fluhrer took the floor title with a 9.950.
Levesque on This Week: 'This meet will be a tough one. Stanford is ranked seventh and have been doing extremely well this season. Like at Oregon State last week, we will need a solid meet to defeat them on the road.'
Last Week: Despite winning or tying for first in all four events, the Husky women suffered their first loss of the season at 23rd-ranked Oregon State. The Beavers rallied during their final event, floor exercise, to defeat Washington 196.050 to 196.025. Senior Emily Pritchard once again led the Husky effort, winning both the vault and the bars. She scored a 9.850 on vault and a 9.925 on bars, where she is currently ranked first in the nation. Molly Seaman took top honors on the beam for the second week in a row, posting a career-high 9.950 on the event. Carly Dockendorf also extended a winning streak by finishing first on floor exercise for the second week in a row with a 9.925. Head coach Bob Levesque was frustrated with the loss, but said, 'Overall we did really well. When it came down to our last event, beam, we knew it would be a battle because we had to hit to have a chance to win. Our first girl up fell, so there was a tremendous amount of pressure on the girls to stick their sets. There were a few wobbles, but Molly Seaman rose to the occasion and hit her career best of 9.950. It is always a good battle with Oregon State, because they are our closest Pac-10 rivals.'
Huskies in the National Rankings: The Husky women are ranked 10th this week, behind Pac-10 foes UCLA and Stanford. Washington is ranked in the top 20 on all events. The Huskies are 18th on vault (48.900), second on bars (49.225), 12th on beam (48.950), and 21st on floor (49.008). Senior Emily Pritchard continues to dominate the rankings for the Huskies. She is ranked first on the uneven bars (9.950) for the third week in a row. She is also tied for eighth in the all-around (39.483) and tied for 20th on the vault (9.887). Senior Molly Seaman is ranked 12th on the beam with a 9.900.
Contributing Freshman: Freshman Chelsea Bakken continued her success as a Husky gymnast, taking sixth in the all-around competition at Oregon State. She set career-high scores in the all-around (38.950) and on the balance beam (9.825) to contribute to the Husky effort. Head Coach Bob Levesque has noticed her success saying, 'She is doing a great job for us. There are a lot of adjustments to be made your freshman year, and she is contributing very well for us.' Newcomer Tori Quandt competed exhibition for the Huskies in Oregon, recording a 9.300 on the vault and a 9.700 on the bars. Fellow freshmen Nicole Waiss and Darcee Schiller contributed to the Huskies' performance vs. California and Sacramento State, Waiss on the vault (9.725) and Schiller on the bars (8.950).
The Husky Lineup: Washington's 13-gymnast lineup includes three seniors (Amy Metcalf, Emily Pritchard, Molly Seaman), three juniors (Carly Dockendorf, Tacia LaBatte, Kim Lewis), two sophomores (Bijoya Das, Kelly McDonald) and five freshmen (Chelsea Bakken, Erika Knapp, Tori Quandt, Darcee Schiller, Nicole Waiss).
The Vaulter: Husky junior Carly Dockendorf is one of the nation's best and busiest gymnasts. This season she is pulling double-duty while also competing for Washington's indoor track team. Dockendorf has already competed in a pair of track meets in addition to her gymnastics competitions. She placed third in her flight at the Pole Vault Summit Meet in Reno, clearing 12-9 1/2. Two weeks ago, Dockendorf won the floor for the Husky gym team on Friday night and then placed seventh Saturday morning in the pole vault at the UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor. Dockendorf posted a 12-1 1/2 effort at the meet. Being a two-sport athlete is nothing new to this Husky. She competed in both sports last year. Her career best on the pole vault is a height of 12-11 1/2 which allowed her to finish eighth at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships.
Pritchard Starting Senior Season off Strong: Senior Emily Pritchard is off to a phenomenal start in her last season with the Huskies, capturing six event titles in her last three meets. The native of Buckley, Wash. has been a consistent all-around force for Washington, and is nationally ranked in all four events. Last year Pritchard captured six event titles for the Huskies while battling injuries ranging from kidney stones to a sprained ankle. She matched her career-best score on the bars (9.975) in her first meet of the season at the Cancun Invitational. On her performance this season, head coach Bob Levesque says, 'Emily has done an awesome job for us. She has worked through so many injuries in all of her years here, and still comes through for us every week.'
Seaman Showing Consistency: Senior Molly Seaman has answered Coach Bob Levesque's call for consistency so far this season, helping the Huskies on both the beam and the floor. Seaman's anchor spot in the beam lineup has proved to be an effective one. She won the event vs. Cal and Sac. State on Jan. 16 and against Oregon State on Jan. 23. She is ranked 12th nationally. As Washington's leadoff on floor exercise, Seaman has shown solid consistency on the Huskies most inconsistent event thus far in the season. She returns to the lineup after missing the second half of the 2003 season due to a knee injury.
Metcalf Returning to Top Form: Off-season wrist surgery will limit senior Amy Metcalf at the start of this season. She was expected to compete on floor, bars, and beam, but will be limited to beam for Washington's opening meets. Cleared to practice only three weeks before the Cancun Invitational, Metcalf scored a 9.775 for the Huskies on the beam. She has appeared in all but one meet during her Husky career, and will not let her wrist injury keep her down.
LaBatte Makes Impact: Junior Tacia LaBatte has had a strong impact on Husky scoring so far this season. In her first three outings she has contributed to the Huskies vault, beam, and floor performances. She set new career-highs on both vault and beam in her first two outings, hitting a 9.900 on the vault against California and Sacramento State at home and a 9.825 on the beam at the Cancun Invitational. LaBatte was one of three Huskies to qualify for the NCAA Championships last season.
Head Coach Bob Levesque: Washington head coach Bob Levesque is in his 14th season coaching the Huskies in 2004. Levesque owns a career record of 160-125-1. 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.
2004 Husky Schedule & Results
Date Event Time/ResultsJan. 2 Cancun Invitational 1st/196.450Jan. 16 CALIFORNIA/SAC ST 1st/195.850Jan. 23 at Oregon State 2nd/196.025Jan. 30 at Stanford 7:00 p.m.Feb. 6 at Boise State 7:00 p.m. (MT)Feb. 13 Arizona State 7:00 p.m.Feb. 20 Arizona 7:30 p.m.Feb. 27 UCLA 7:00 p.m.Mar. 5 UTAH/IOWA/UIC 7:00 p.m.Mar. 12 BOISE STATE/SPU 7:00 p.m.Mar. 20 Pac- 10 Championships 6:00 p.m.Apr. 3 NCAA Regionals 6:00 p.m.Apr. 15 NCAA Preliminaries 2:00/7:00Apr. 16 NCAA Super Six Finals 7:00 p.m.Apr. 17 NCAA Individual Finals 7:00 p.m.
All home meets at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
1. Alabama 197.150 2. Georgia 196.837 3. Utah 196.825 4. Florida 196.758 5. Iowa State 196.725 6. UCLA 196.600 7. Stanford 196.333 8. Iowa 196.275 9. Oklahoma 196.21910. Washington 196.10811. Arkansas 196.07512. Missouri 195.96713. Nebraska 195.71714. Louisiana State 195.64215. Arizona 195.59216. Auburn 195.40017. Michigan 195.35018. Penn State 195.08719. Arizona State 195.03720. Oregon State 194.96721. North Carolina 194.85022. West Virginia 194.77523. Minnesota 194.65824. Kent State 194.55025. Brigham Young 194.533