Husky Gymnasts Return Home to Face Stanford

Jan. 19, 2005

The Meet: The 18th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (3-1) return to Seattle for their first home meet of the season. The Huskies will face Stanford, who has yet to compete this season, but returns a strong core from its third-place NCAA Championship team. The Huskies will be without their team leader and best all-around performer senior Carly Dockendorf, who has a partially torn adductor muscle (groin). Up to six newcomers will dot the Huskies lineup for the meet against the Cardinal. Live video streaming and scoring of the meet will be available at www.gohuskies.com.

Series History: Last year the 10th-ranked Huskies lost at 7th-ranked Stanford by a score of 197.500 to 195.475 in a dual meet.They also finished behind the Cardinal in the Pac-10 Championships and the North Central Regionals. The Huskies hold a slight edge in the all-time series history 18-17.

Scouting the Competition: The Cardinal have yet to compete this season after postponing their season-opening meet at California last Friday. Stanford has a roster of 11 and only had eight healthy bodies available last week. The Cardinal were ranked third in the pre-season gymnastics poll, thanks to their third-place finish at the NCAA's in 2004. Coach Kristen Smyth loses four All-Americans from last year's squad, but has gathered one of the finest freshman classes in the nation. Junior Natalie Foley, who won the all-around at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, returns to anchor the Cardinal.

Last Week: The 11th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team upset fifth-ranked Arizona State, 193.050-192.750 in Tempe, Ariz., the first time the Huskies have ever defeated the Sun Devils in their home arena. Carly Dockendorf was the only Husky to stake claim to an individual title, sharing first place with ASU's Cassandra Jusino on uneven bars (9.825). Dockendorf took second in the all-around (39.125) finishing behind ASU's Ashley Kelly (39.425), who won the vault (9.875) and the balance beam (9.925). The Huskies won the team title on vault (48.600 to 48.100) and floor (48.525 to 47.325), which are events that ASU had to count falls toward their team totals. Redshirt-freshman Nikki Waiss paced the Huskies effort on vault, taking third (9.775).

Dockendorf Shelved: Senior Carly Dockendorf will miss theHuskies home opener against Stanford after partially tearing her adductor muscle (groin) in the season-opener at Cal-State Fullerton. She aggravated the injury at Arizona State and was barely able to walk the next morning. Dockendorf was off to a fast start, capturing three event titles vs. Cal-State Fullerton and one at ASU. Dockendorf recorded the fifth 10 of her career on floor and won the balance beam (9.825) en route to the all-around title at Cal-State Fullerton. Dockendorf now has 37 career individual event titles, tying her for sixth most in Husky history.

Probable Husky Lineup for Stanford:
Vault: 1. Brittney Brabec*, 2. Julie Medeiros, 3. Natalie Gillan, 4. Chelsea Bakken, 5. Tacia LaBatte, 6. Nikki Waiss
Bars: 1. Tacia LaBatte, 2. Kelly McDonald, 3. Brittney Brabec*, 4. Raimey Iselin, 5. Molly Seaman, 6. Natalie Gillan
Beam: 1. Chelsea Bakken, 2. Julie Medeiros, 3. Nikki Waiss, 4. Brittney Brabec*, 5. Kelly McDonald, 6. Molly Seaman
Floor: 1. Lily Le, 2. Raimey Iselin, 3. Natalie Gillan, 4. Brittney Brabec*, 5. Tacia LaBatte, 6. Chelsea Bakken
*All-around competitor

GymInfo Rankings(Jan. 17, 2005)Rank	Team	Score  1.	Utah	197.675  2.	UCLA	197.300  3.	Michigan	196.025  4.	Alabama	195.975  5.	Oklahoma	195.900  6.	Georgia	195.800  7.	Arizona State	195.700  8.	Louisiana State	195.625  9.	Brigham Young	195.575 10.	Florida	195.550 11.	Michigan State	195.475 12.	Auburn	195.325 13.	Oregon State	195.200 14.	Denver	195.100 15.	Iowa State	194.925	    Arkansas	194.925 17.	Kentucky	194.850 18.	Washington	194.625 19.	Nebraska	194.200 20.	Penn State	194.125 21.	Central Michigan	194.050 22.	Maryland	193.975 23.	Minnesota	193.925 24.	Utah State	193.850 25.	Illinois	193.825

Huskies in the National Rankings:

Event	  Ranking	  High ScoreOverall	   18th	   193.837Vault	   T-17th	    48.800Bars	  unranked	    48.150Beam	  unranked	    47.950Floor	      1st	    49.725

Gymnast Event Ranking High ScoreCarly Dockendorf AA 13th 39.300Carly Dockendorf FX 1st 10.000Tacia LaBatte FX 4th 9.950Chelsea Bakken FX 4th 9.950Natalie Gillan FX 12th 9.925Brittney Brabec FX 21st 9.900

Team Season Highlights: Here are some of the team highlights from Washington's 2005 season:

  • UW upsets No. 5 ASU 193.050-192.750 for their first win in Tempe, Ariz., in team history.
  • Washington shattered its all-time record on floor (49.725) in the season-opening meet at Cal-State Fullerton.

    Individual Season Highlights: Here are some of the individual highlights from Washington's 2005 season:

  • Husky senior Carly Dockendorf recorded a 10.000 on floor exercise in the first meet of the season. She has six career 10s--five of them on floor--the most of any gymnast in UW history.

    Double Duty: Husky junior Carly Dockendorf is one of the nation's best and busiest gymnasts. For the third year in a row, she is pulling double-duty by also competing for Washington's indoor track team during gymnastics season. Last year, Dockendorf went to the NCAAs in both gymnastics and track & field. She tied for 24th on floor and was 11th in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships. She will is scheduled to compete in the pole vault at the UW Indoor Invite on Jan. 28-29, the same weekend the Husky gymnastics team hosts Arizona, Minnesota and Seattle Pacific.

    Meet the Huskies:

    Chelsea Bakken, Sophomore
    Set career highs in season opening meet at Cal-State Fullerton on vault (9.825) and floor (9.950) ... tied for second on floor at CS Fullerton to help Huskies shatter team scoring record (49.725).

    Brittney Brabec, Freshman
    Competed in bars, beam and floor at ASU ... fourth in all-around thanks to 7th-place bars finish (9.750) and 10th-place finish on floor (9.900) in her collegiate debut at Cal-State Fullerton ... one of eight Husky freshmen.

    Jessica Brown, Freshman
    Has yet to compete ... one of eight Husky freshman.

    Jennifer Chang, Freshman
    Has yet to compete ... one of eight Husky freshman.

    Carly Dockendorf, Senior
    Has 37 career individual titles, tied for sixth most in Husky history ... tied for first in bars (9.825) and was second in all-around (39.125) at ASU despite competing with a partially torn abductor muscle ... started the season with a bang, won the all-around (39.300) helped by taking first on both beam (9.825) and floor (10.000) at Cal-State Fullerton ... has six 10s (5 floor, 1 bars), the most by any Husky gymnast in history.

    Natalie Gillan, Freshman
    Competed in vault and floor at ASU ... tied for sixth on floor (9.925) in collegiate debut at Cal-State Fullerton ... one of eight Husky freshmen.

    Raimey Iselin, Freshman
    Was fifth on bars (9.775) and eighth on floor (9.550) at ASU ... competed on bars and floor in season-opening meet at Cal-State Fullerton ... one of eight Husky freshmen.

    Tacia LaBatte, Senior
    Tied for fifth on vault (9.725) and was 7th on bars (9.750) at ASU ... set career-high and tied for second on floor (9.950) as Huskies shattered team-record score on floor (49.725) in season-opening meet at Cal-State Fullerton.

    Lily Le, Sophomore
    Has yet to compete in 2005 ... transfer from Southeast Missouri State that competed in one meet in 2004.

    Kim Lewis, Senior
    A regular in Washington's bars lineup ... competed in bars at season-opening meet at Cal-State Fullerton.

    Kelly McDonald, Junior
    Missed meet at ASU with non-sports related injury ... battled through off-season heel surgery to compete in bars and beam in season-opening meet at Cal-State Fullerton.

    Jule Medeiros, Freshman
    Recorded a 9.575 on vault and 9.525 on beam in collegiate debut at Arizona State ... one of eight Husky freshmen.

    Camille Primous, Freshman
    Has yet to compete ... one of eight Husky freshman.

    Tori Quandt, Sophomore
    Has yet to compete in 2005 ... can compete on vault and floor.

    Darcee Schiller, Sophomore
    Recorded a 9.000 on bars at Arizona State ... a regular in UW's bars lineup.

    Molly Seaman, Senior
    Returned to the lineup at Arizona State after missing season-opening meet recovering from minor knee surgery.

    Nicole Waiss, RS-Freshman
    Was the Huskies' top vaulter at ASU, finishing third with a 9.775 ... paced Huskies on vault with 9.850 in season-opening meet at Cal-State Fullerton ... competed in one meet in 2004 before redshirting the season due to a leg injury.

    Head Coach Bob Levesque:
    Washington head coach Bob Levesque is in his 15th season coaching the Huskies in 2005. Levesque owns a career record of 206-192-2. 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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