Gymnasts Prepare for Busy Weekend

Feb. 8, 2005

The Meet: The 19th-ranked Huskies (8-1), off to their best start since the 1984 season, host the No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-2) and the No. 21 Oregon State Beavers (4-3) on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena. The meet is the second of three that will pit the UW against Pac-10 rival OSU. The Huskies will head to Los Angeles to face the No. 5 UCLA Bruins (6-2) at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. Live scoring of Friday's meet will be available at www.gohuskies.com. Friday's meet will also be shown on a taped-delay basis on FSN Northwest on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Sunday's meet at UCLA will have live scoring available and web video-streaming available to premium customers on www.gohuskies.com and www.uclabruins.com.

UW vs. OSU/Arkansas: The Huskies will be facing Arkansas for the first-time in school history. The Huskies trail Oregon State 13-44 all-time, including a loss to the Beavers in a season-opening quad meet at Cal-State Fullerton. The Huskies have lost three-consecutive meets between the two squads, last finishing ahead of the Beavers at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships. The last time the Huskies faced the Beavers on Jan. 7, OSU took first in the four-team meet, while Washington was second. OSU scored a season-high 195.200 in the meet to the Huskies 194.625. OSU won vault and bars that evening, while the Huskies won floor with a school-record 49.725.

UW vs. UCLA: The Huskies are 2-25 all-time against the UCLA Bruins and will face them head-to-head for the first-time since the Huskies upset the top-ranked Bruins 197.225 to 197.100 on Feb. 27, 2004 at Bank of America Arena. UCLA was second, while UW was sixth at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, the last time the two squads squared off on the same mat.

The Arkansas Razorbacks: The Gym'Backs scored a season-high 195.725 last Friday at No. 4 LSU, but lost the meet to fall to 3-2, 2-2 in the SEC Conference. Arkansas boasts a team average 194.865, good enough for 12th-best in the nation. The Gym'Backs have wins this season over No. 25 Minnesota, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 15 Auburn. Their only other setback came to seventh-ranked Georgia. Arkansas is ranked nationally 25th on vault (48.540), 10th on bars(48.750), sixth on beam (48.810) and 17th on floor (48.765).

The Oregon State Beavers: The Beavers team average of 194.080 is good enough for 21st in the nation. The Beavers snapped a three-meet losing streak by topping No. 22 Arizona State 194.300-193.325 in conference action last Friday. The Beavers started the season by finishing first in a quad-meet that included Washington on Jan. 7, but have since been defeated by No.1 Utah, No. 5 UCLA and pre-season No. 3 Stanford. OSU ranks 23rd on vault (48.595), 15th on bars (48.460), and 18th on beam (48.325).

The UCLA Bruins: The Bruins are the highest-ranked Pac-10 team, currently fifth in GymInfo's latest poll. UCLA lost last week at No. 2 Michigan and suffered their only other setback of the season to No. 1 Utah. The Bruins lead the nation in vault (49.200), are third on bars (49.104) and beam (48.883) and are 19th on floor (48.733). Kristen Maloney is the nation's top all-arounder, averaging 39.565. Teammate Tasha Schwikert is fourth (39.400) while Kate Richardson (39.215) is seventh. Maloney is the No. 1 ranked collegian on bars (9.905), second on beam (9.912), and tied for third on vault (9.900). Schwikert is a six-time NCAA Champion and two-time Olympian. Richardson is a two-time Olympian for Canada, while Maloney was a 2000 Olympian.

Last week: The No. 21 Huskies scored a season-high 195.000 to defeat Boise State in front of 1,821 fans at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. The Huskies bettered the Broncos on the vault, bars and beam to improve to 8-1, their best start since the 1984 season. Freshman Natalie Gillan won her first-ever individual title, claiming the vault with a 9.825, while junior Kelly McDonald claimed the 13th individual title of her career, scoring a 9.875 on uneven bars. Freshman Brittney Brabec finished second overall in the all-around behind Boise State's Lindsay Ward, who won all-around and beam. The Huskies scored a season-high 48.650 on beam to distance themselves from the Broncos. Boise State's Lindsay Ward won the event (9.850), but the UW's Julie Medeiros recorded a career-high 9.775 and sophomore Chelsea Bakken equaled her teammate's score to secure second place for the Huskies. Senior Carly Dockendorf scored a 9.750 for fifth, while redshirt-freshman Nikki Waiss and Brabec tied for sixth with 9.675.

George Orwell-Like Start: The Huskies are 8-1, their best record to start a season under Head Coach Bob Levesque and their fastest start since 1984 when the Huskies began the season 19-1. The Huskies went 29-3 and finished eighth at the NCAA Championships during the 1984 campaign. Only the four seniors on the Husky roster, Carly Dockendorf, Tacia LaBatte, Kim Lewis and Molly Seaman, were alive during the 1984 season. The Huskies lone setback this season came in the season-opening quad meet at Cal-State Fullerton, where they finished second behind 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.

Ranked Dawgs: The Huskies are currently ranked 19th in the nation. The Huskies started the season ranked 21st in GymInfo's rankings and have moved to as high as 11th on the list. Senior Carly Dockendorf is ranked 10th nationally in the all-around (39.192 avg.), 16th on floor (9.862) and 16th on uneven bars (9.862). According to GymInfo's national rankings, Dockendorf is the one of four Division I gymnast to record a perfect 10 on floor this season among 649 competitors.

Event	   Ranking	  AverageOverall	    19th	  194.115Vault	      18th	   48.675Bars	       16th	   48.445Beam	       23rd	   48.285Floor	      20th	   48.710

Gymnast Event Ranking AverageDockendorf AA 10th 39.192Dockendorf UB 21st 9.825Dockendorf FX 16th 9.862

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

  • Huskies down Boise State 195.000-194.200 to improve to 8-1, the teams best start since the 1984 season when the Huskies went 29-3 and finished eighth at the NCAA Championships.
  • 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 competed three times 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. Sophomore transfer Lily Le has been in the floor lineup the last two Husky meets. 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 will pull double-duty by also competing for Washington's indoor track team during gymnastics season. She has yet to compete this year in the pole vault and will not do so until fully recovered from a torn adductor muscle. 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 211-192-2. 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
    Has not scored below a 9.550 in any event and has gone five meets without a fall ... tied season-high and was second at BSU on beam (9.775) ... 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
    Has improved every meet on vault, capped by a career-high 9.700 at BSU ... has not scored below a 9.725 on floor ... placed second in all-around at BSU, recording season-highs in all-around (38.825), vault (9.700) and beam (9.675) ... set season-highs on bars 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
    Has not scored below a 9.700 on any event this season, and has gone without a fall in four meets ... leads team on bars with a 9.825 season average and on floor with a 9.8625 average ... 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
    Has been the team's highest scorer on vault with a 9.710 average in the last two meets ... has competed on vault and floor in every Husky meet ... won first-career individual title at Boise State, equaling career-best vault (9.825) ... 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
    Has improved every meet on floor, capped by a season-high 9.725 at Boise State ... team's highest scorer on bars with a career-high second-place mark of 9.850 against Arizona, Minnesota and SPU on Jan. 21 ... has competed in every meet on bars and floor ... one of eight Husky freshmen.

    Tacia LaBatte, Senior
    Leads the team on vault with a 9.765 season average ... second on vault (9.775) and bars (9.825) at BSU ... won floor vs. Stanford (9.850), her third-career individual-meet title, and was third on vault (9.750) ... 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
    Has been in floor lineup the past two meets, recording a career-high 9.550 at Boise State ... performed exhibition routines on vault and floor vs. Stanford ... transfer from Southeast Missouri State that competed in one meet in 2004.

    Kim Lewis, Senior
    Has improved on bars every meet this season, scoring a 9.800 in the last two meets and above 9.600 for the season ... her 9.7312 is the third-highest average on the team ... 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
    Has scored below a 9.800 in only two routines this season ... won bars with season-high 9.875 at BSU ... has 13 career individual meet titles, the 16th most in Husky history ... 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
    Ranks fifth on team on the beam with a 9.5625 average ... recorded career-high 9.775 to finish second at Boise State on beam ... 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
    Team's second-highest scorer on vault, with a 9.760 average ... has not scored below a 9.700 on the vault this season ... 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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