Gymnasts Finish Sixth at Pac-10 Championships

Tucson, Ariz.- The 12th-ranked Washington gymnastics team (11-10-1) finished sixth with a 196.425 at the Pacific-10 Championships tonight in Tucson, Arizona. The Huskies have not finished this low at the championships since the 1999 season.

Junior Molly Seaman continued her success on the balance beam, tying for first with five others at a 9.950. It is the first Pac-10 beam title for the Huskies since Yumi Mordre's title in 1989. Seaman is currently ranked second in the country on the beam. Washington tied its school record on the beam with the 49.500 mark, but it was the only bright spot for the team in the otherwise disappointing meet.

Senior Emily Pritchard suffered her first major break of the season on the uneven bars this season, where she has been ranked first all year. Pritchard scored a 9.275 after the fall, which forced the team to count two low scores in the 48.500 total. It was the lowest bars score of the season for the Huskies.

Junior Carly Dockendorf tied for second on the floor exercise with a near-perfect 9.975. The defending champion on the uneven bars, she tied for third on the event with a 9.925. Sophomore Kelly McDonald was the leading all-around scorer for the Huskies, tying for seventh with a 39.500. She also placed seventh on floor (9.900) and sixth on beam (9.925).

Stanford upset top-ranked UCLA to win the team championships. Stanford gymnast Natalie Foley upset top-ranked Jeanette Antolin of UCLA for the all-around title 39.800-39.775. The two tied for the vault title with perfect 10s, and also tied for the bar title with a pair of 9.950s.

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