Husky Gymnast Head to Boise State

Feb. 1, 2005

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The Meet: The 21st-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (7-1) travel to Boise, Idaho to face the Boise State Broncos (2-5) on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Taco Bell Arena. The meet is the first of two battles between the squads. The Broncos will travel to Seattle and face the Huskies on Monday, March 14 at Bank of America Arena.

Series History: The Huskies hold the all-time series advantage with Boise State 29-10. The squads met twice in 2003, with the Broncos winning at home 195.450-194.875 on Feb. 6 and the Huskies winning at BOA on March 12, scoring a team record 198.025 in the process. The Huskies also set their all-time high mark on bars (49.675), beam (49.500) and floor (49.675) on that historic night. The floor mark didn't last long, as the Huskies eclipsed that record in the 2004 season-opening meet at Cal-State Fullerton recording a 49.725.

Fast Start: The Huskies have started the season 7-1, equaling the beginning of the 1998 season. The last time the Huskies started a season 8-1 was in 1984, when the Huskies went 29-3 and finished eighth at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies lone setback came in the season-opening quad meet at Cal-State Fullerton, where they finished second behind conference foe Oregon State. Despite the setback, the Huskies are a perfect 3-0 in Pac-10 action, as the loss to the Beavers was considered non-conference.

Last week: The 22nd-ranked Huskies took first overall in a four-team meet at Bank of America Arena, scoring a season-high 195.075 to defeat No. 20 Arizona, No. 24 Minnesota and Seattle Pacific University. Carly Dockendorf won individual titles on bars (9.875), floor (9.850) and all-around (39.150) despite performing with a partially torn groin. The Huskies started the meet off strong, recording a 48.800 in their opening event vault. Freshman Natalie Gillan led the way for the UW scoring a personal best 9.825 to take second-place behind Arizona's Katie Johnson. UW continued their stellar evening, posting a season-high 49.125 on bars, an event that saw four Huskies score 9.8 or better and take the top three individual spots. Dockendorf paced the way for the Huskies with a 9.875, followed by freshman Raimey Iselin and Kelly McDonald who each posted a 9.850. On the Huskies third event, the Huskies scored a 48.350 on beam. Kelly McDonald was second overall with a 9.800. Arizona's Monica Bisordi won the event with a 9.850. The UW wrapped up the evening with floor, where Dockendorf tied for first with Arizona's Johnson (9.850).

Ranked Dawgs: The Huskies are currently ranked 22nd in the nation. Senior Carly Dockendorf is ranked 10th nationally in the all-around (39.192 avg.), 9th on floor (9.892) and tied for 22nd on uneven bars (9.825). According to GymInfo's national rankings, Dockendorf is the only Division I gymnast to record a perfect 10 on floor this season among 617 competitors. The only other Husky individual ranked nationally is Kelly McDonald, who is 22nd on balance beam (9.817 avg.)

Huskies in the National Rankings:

Event	    Ranking	   AverageOverall	    21st	    193.894Vault	      20th	     48.656Bars	     t-23rd	     48.325Beam	       21st	     48.194Floor	      18th	     48.719

Gymnast Event Ranking AverageDockendorf AA 10th 39.192Dockendorf UB t-22nd 9.825McDonald BB 22nd 9.817Dockendorf FX 9th 9.892

GymInfo Rankings(Jan. 31, 2005)Rank	Team	Score 1.	Utah	196.544 2.	Michigan	196.131 3.	UCLA	196.055 4.	Louisiana State	195.912 5.	Florida	195.875 6.	Alabama	195.844 7.	Georgia	195.450 8.	Brigham Young	195.092 9.	Nebraska	195.08110.	Oklahoma	195.05011.	Iowa State	195.02512.	Denver	194.88513.	Arkansas	194.65014.	Penn State	194.49415.	Auburn	194.30616.	Michigan State 	194.07517.	Southern Utah	194.05018.	Kentucky	193.93719.	Ohio State	193.92520.	Central Michigan	193.90621.	Washington	193.89422.	Arizona	193.87523.	Arizona State	193.83724.	Oregon State	193.66925.	Minnesota	193.469

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

  • Huskies sweep top three spots on bars (Dockendorf, McDonald, Iselin) in quad-meet on Jan. 21.
  • UW improves to 7-1 overall, equaling the teams best start since 1998, after defeating No. 20 Arizona, No. 24 Minnesota and Seattle Pacific University in a quad-meet.
  • UW downs pre-season third-ranked Stanford 192.825-192.425 despite not having Carly Dockendorf and Molly Seaman in the lineup.
  • 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 wins the all-around title, plus floor and bars in a Jan. 28 quad-meet, giving her 40 career individual titles, fifth most in team history.
  • 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.

    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.

    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 has only been available for the Arizona State meet on Jan. 14 due to a slow recovery from clean-up surgery on her right knee. Senior Carly Dockendorf was unavailable for action against Stanford due to a slightly torn adductor (groin) muscle. 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.

    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 210-192-2. 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
    Recorded season-best 9.650 on vault in quad-meet on Jan. 28 ... set season-highs on 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
    Won all-around, bars, and floor in quad meet on Jan. 21 ...has 40 career individual titles, tied for fifth most in Husky history ... missed Stanford meet due to injury ... 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 second on vault in quad meet on Jan. 21, recording career-high 9.825 ... 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
    Tied for second on bars, recording career-best 9.850 in quad-meet on Jan. 21 ... 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
    Peformed on floor in quad-meet on Jan. 21 ... 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 (9.800) on Jan. 21 ... tied for fourth on bars (9.725) vs. Stanford ... competed in bars at Cal-State Fullerton.

    Kelly McDonald, Junior
    Was second on beam (9.800) in quad-meet on Jan. 21 ... 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
    Had exhibition vaultof 9.625 on Jan. 21 ... recorded a 9.000 on bars at Arizona State ... a regular in UW's bars lineup.

    Molly Seaman, Senior
    Has missed every meet except at Arizona State while 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.

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