Husky Gymnast Host Quad Meet
Jan. 24, 2005
The Meet: The 22nd-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (4-1) continues its two-meet homestand this week, facing No. 20 Arizona Wildcats (6-3), No. 24 Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-3), and the Seattle Pacific Falcons on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena at Hec Edumndson Pavilion. The Huskies are 2-0 in Pac-10 Conference action but did lose to Oregon State in a non-conference battle in their season-opening meet. Live video streaming and scoring of the meet will be available at www.gohuskies.com.
Series History: The Huskies hold the all-time series advantage with SPU (53-3), and trail all-time with Arizona (15-17-1) and Minnesota (2-5). The Huskies faced all three opponents last season, including competing twice against both SPU and Arizona. The Huskies were 1-1 against the Falcons, 0-1-1 against the Wildcats and 1-0 against Minnestoa. The Huskies did not use their regular lineup in a loss at SPU on Mar. 8, but bounced back four days later to set a the all-time team scoring record (198.025) to defeat SPU and Boise State. Washington tied at Arizona on Feb. 20, scoring its best road total (197.300) in program history. Arizona bettered Washington at the Pac-10 Championships on Mar. 20. The Huskies topped Minnesota at the NCAA Regionals last year, finishing one spot higher than the Golden Gophers' sixth-place finish.
The Arizona Wildcats: The Arizona women's gymnastics team (6-3, 1-0) knocked off a Top 10 team for the second consecutive week as they came from behind to beat Arizona State 193.925-193.500. The Wildcats were led by individual titles in all four events, as they defeated their in-state rival during the regular season for the first time since 1998. The Wildcats kicked off their season at the Super Six Challenge where they finished fourth, losing to Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, all currently ranked in the top 10, and defeating Penn State and Iowa. In their second meet of the season, the Wildcats knocked off No. 6 Michigan State and No. 23 Missouri. Arizona is led by senior Monica Bisordi, a second-team All-American in 2004, and senior Katie Johnson.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers: Last week Minnesota lost to No. 15 Iowa State, 192.450-196.850. The Gophers were outscored on every event in the loss and tallied their lowest team score of the season. The Golden Gophers boast wins over No. 21 Ohio State and Maryland, who was ranked 15th earlier in the season. Minnesota has also lost to No. 3 Michigan and No. 12 Arkansas. Carolyn Yernberg is the lone senior on the roster and nine of the 13 gymnasts are freshman or sophomores.
The Seattle Pacific Falcons: Kari Kelly, Jaynie Reynolds and Debra Huss all finished atop the awards podium but it was not enough to defeat San Jose State last Friday night at Brougham Pavilion. The Falcons also lost at Sacremento State in their opening meet to start the season 0-2. SPU brings back nine returnees, including five All-Americans from last year's squad which finished seventh nationally in Division II.
Last week: The 18th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team utilized a strong performance on beam to beat the pre-season third-ranked Stanford Cardinal 192.825-192.425. The Huskies set a season-high with a 48.600 on beam, led by Kelly McDonald's first place mark of 9.850. Tacia LaBatte claimed first-place on floor with a 9.850. UW werewithout its top overall performer, Carly Dockendorf, and their most consistent beam performer, Molly Seaman, who both sat out with injuries.
GymInfo Rankings(Jan. 24, 2005)Rank Team Score 1. UCLA 196.500 2. Utah 196.433 3. Michigan 196.000 4. Alabama 195.675 5. Florida 195.650 6. Georgia 195.500 7. Louisiana State 195.467 8. Brigham Young 195.092 9. Denver 194.85010. Iowa State 194.84211. Oklahoma 194.76712. Arkansas 194.48313. Auburn 194.37514. Oregon State 194.10815. Michigan State 194.07516. Southern Utah 194.05017. Arizona State 193.98318. Kentucky 193.91719. Penn State 193.89220. Arizona 193.56721. Ohio State 193.50022. Washington 193.50023. Nebraska 193.42524. Minnesota 193.39225. Central Michigan 193.200
Huskies in the National Rankings:
Event Ranking High ScoreOverall 22nd 193.500Vault 19th 48.608Bars unranked 48.150Beam 23rd 48.142Floor 19th 48.692
Team Season Highlights: Here are some of the team highlights from Washington's 2005 season:
Individual Season Highlights: Here are some of the individual highlights from Washington's 2005 season:
Injury Bug: The Huskies lineup has been shuffled throughout the season due to a rash of injuries to several of the team's major contributors. Senior Molly Seaman was unavailable for the Cal-State Fullerton meet and the Stanford meet while recovering from clean-up surgery on her right knee. Seaman, who shares the UW record on beam (9.975), competed at Arizona State. Senior Carly Dockendorf was unavailable for action against Stanford due to a slightly torn adductor (groin) muscle. The senior is the UW career leader with six 10's and is sixth on the list in all-time individual event wins with 37. Junior Kelly McDonald missed the ASU meet while recovering from a non-gymnastics injury. She returned to action against Stanford and won the beam and took second on bars.
Fresh Faces: While several upperclassmen have struggled through injuries this season, it has given the youngsters a chance to prove themselves. The Huskies have seven freshmen on the roster with five of them seeing significant action on the mat. Brittney Brabec has already competed twice in the all-around and Natalie Gillan once. Raimey Iselin has competed in every meet on bars and floor, while redshirt freshman Nikki Waiss has competed on vault and beam. Julie Medeiros did not compete in the season-opening meet, but has since participated on vault, beam and floor. UW defeated Stanford with four freshman dotting the vault, beam and floor lineup, while three freshmen participated on bars.
Double Duty: Husky senior 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. Teammate Tacia LaBatte also pulled double-duty, joining the Husky cheer squad this past fall.
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 207-192-2. 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.
Meet the Huskies:
Chelsea Bakken, Sophomore
Was top UW finisher, recording second in vault and beam against Stanford ... set career highs 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
Set season-highs on vault, bars, beam and all-around against Stanford ... was third in bars (9.775) and second in AA (38.675) vs. Stanford ... 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
Performed exhibition routine on beam (9.100) vs. Stanford ... one of eight Husky freshman.
Carly Dockendorf, Senior
Missed Stanford meet due to injury ... 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
Was all-around performer vs. Stanford ... competed on 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
Has competed in every meet on bars and floor ... was fifth on bars (9.775) and eighth on floor (9.550) at ASU ... one of eight Husky freshmen.
Tacia LaBatte, Senior
Won floor vs. Stanford (9.850), her third career individual meet title, and was third on vault (9.750) ... was fifth on vault, 7th on bars at ASU ... set career-high and tied for second on floor (9.950) as Huskies shattered team-record score on floor (49.725) at Cal-State Fullerton.
Lily Le, Sophomore
Performed exhibition routines on vault and floor vs. Stanford ... transfer from Southeast Missouri State that competed in one meet in 2004.
Kim Lewis, Senior
Tied for fourth on bars (9.725) vs. Stanford ... competed in bars at Cal-State Fullerton.
Kelly McDonald, Junior
Won beam (9.850) and was second on bars (9.800) vs. Stanford ... missed meet at ASU with non-sports related injury ... battled through off-season heel surgery to compete in bars and beam at Cal-State Fullerton.
Julie Medeiros, Freshman
Tied for second on beam (9.750) vs. Stanford ... performed on vault and beam in collegiate debut at Arizona State ... one of eight Husky freshmen.
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
Missed Stanford meet recovering from injury ... saw only action at ASU after missing season-opening meet recovering from minor knee surgery.
Nicole Waiss, RS-Freshman
Was fourth on vault and fifth on beam vs. Stanford ... was the Huskies' top vaulter at ASU, finishing third with a 9.775 ... paced Huskies on vault with 9.850 at Cal-State Fullerton ... competed in one meet in 2004 before redshirting the season due to a leg injury.