Gymnasts Look to Rebound in Berkeley

Feb. 15, 2005

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The Meet: The 23rd-ranked Huskies (8-4, 3-2), head to Berkeley, Calif., to face California (5-3, 0-3) on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. The Bears are still in search of their first Pac-10 victory, while the Huskies are looking to right the ship after recording a season-low 192.600 at UCLA on Sunday. Live stats of Friday's meet will be available at both and

Huskies vs. Cal Series History: UW hold the all-time series advantage over the Golden Bears 35-6, including finishing ahead of them in the last three meets. Last year, the Huskies beat Cal in a tri-meet at Bank of America Arena and also finished ahead of the Bears at the Pac-10 Championships. The Golden Bears last beat the Huskies on Feb. 21, 2003 at Cal. The Huskies have finished below the Bears in their last two meets at Haas Pavilion, last defeating the Bears at Berkeley on Feb. 19, 1999.

The California Golden Bears: Cal is still in search of its first conference victory after losing to No. 22 Arizona State 195.550-181.450 last Friday night. Cal senior My-Lan Dodd posted the best scores of the night for the Bears, setting season bests on vault (9.800), floor (9.825) and tying her top season mark on bars (9.875). Her all-around score of 38.875 was also her best of the season. Dodd is a senior from Seattle's Garfield HS and was Pac-10 co-champion on beam last year along with UW's Molly Seaman and three others.

Last week: The Huskies competed twice last weekend and were on both ends of the scoring spectrum. On Friday night in a tri-meet against Oregon State and Arkansas, the Huskies scored a season-high 195.275, but finished third in the meet. Carly Dockendorf won the all-around and floor titles outright and shared top honors on bars with OSU's Therese Videan. Freshman Natalie Gillan turned in another stellar performance with a 9.900 on vault to tie for second. Sophomore Chelsea Bakken had a solid evening taking second on floor and third on beam. Senior Tacia LaBatte finished tied for third on bars. The Huskies then hit the road to face No. 5 UCLA on Sunday where they appeared tired and scored a season-low 192.600. LaBatte and Kelly McDonald were the top individual finishers for the Huskies, earning third-place on bars and beam respectively.

Ranked Dawgs: The Huskies are currently ranked 23rd 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. Carly Dockendorf is ranked 16th on floor (9.862), 28th on bars (9.812), and 26th in all-around (39.112). 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 674 competitors.

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

  • Huskies record season-high 195.275 in tri-meet on Feb. 11 thanks to a season-high 49.175 on vault.
  • Huskies down Boise State 195.000-194.200 on Feb. 4 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 Feb. 11 meet, giving her 43 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.

    Assistant Coach to Leave: Washington assistant coach Frank Lee has announced his resignation effective Feb. 18. Lee will become a member of the North Kitsap Fire Department following a 16-week training program. Lee, who has served as a volunteer fire fighter, has spent the last six seasons as the Husky assistant coach. One of the most highly-respected coaches on the West Coast, Lee is also a co-owner of the Cascade Elite Gymnastics Club in Montlake Terrace, Wash. He has operated the highly successful club since he graduated from Washington in 1989. Seven of Lee's club gymnasts went on to compete for Washington during his reign as assistant coach, including current Huskies Kelly McDonald and Nikki Waiss. Lee has also produced numerous other current and former collegiate competitors.

    Hot Start: The Huskies started the season 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 streak was stopped on Feb. 11 when they were third in a tri-meet against Oregon State and Arkansas.

    Injury Bug: The Husky 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.

    Fresh Faces: The Huskies have seven freshmen on the roster with five of them seeing significant action on the mat. Brittney Brabec has competed five 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 four Husky meets. 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 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. Freshman Raimey Iselin is also training with the track team in hopes of competing in middle-distances for Greg Metcalf's squad.

    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 211-195-2. 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 (Mesa, Ariz.)
    Scored season-high 9.825 on beam in tri-meet on Feb. 11 to take third ... was second on floor in same meet ... 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 (Gresham, Ore.)
    Hit career highs in all-around, vault, bars and beam in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... consistent performer has not scored less than a 9.550 in last five meets ... has competed on bars and beam in all seven meets ... has not scored below a 9.625 on floor ... placed second in all-around at BSU, recording then season-highs in AA (38.825), vault (9.700) and beam (9.675) ... 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 (Phoenix, Ariz.)
    Will sit out this season after shoulder surgery ... one of eight Husky freshman.

    Jennifer Chang, Freshman (Tacoma, Wash.)
    Performed exhibition routine on beam (9.100) vs. Stanford ... one of eight Husky freshman.

    Carly Dockendorf, Senior (Port Moody, B.C.)
    Has scored below a 9.700 in only one event this season ... averages a team-best 9.813 on bars, 9.855 on floor and 9.690 on beam ... has twice won all-around, bars, and floor in same meet (Feb. 11 and Jan. 21) ... has 43 career individual titles, 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, winning 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 (Denver, Colo.)
    Quickly becoming one of the Huskies top vaulters, scoring a personal and team season-high 9.900 in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... 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 (Sumner, Wash.)
    Has competed in all seven meets on bars and floor ... scored a season-high 9.725 on floor at Boise State on Feb. 4 ... team's highest scorer on bars with a career-high second-place mark of 9.850 against Arizona, Minnesota and SPU on Jan. 21 ... one of eight Husky freshmen.

    Tacia LaBatte, Senior (Kaneohe, Hi.)
    Leads the team on vault with a 9.779 season average ... was Huskies top finisher on vault at UCLA scoring a season-high 9.850 for third ... was third for Huskies on bars in Feb. 11 tri-meet with 9.850 ... 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 (Kennewick, Wash.)
    Has been in floor lineup the past four meets, recording a career-high 9.750 in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... is averaging 9.492 on floor ... performed exhibition routines on vault and floor vs. Stanford ... transfered from Southeast Missouri State where she competed in one meet in 2004.

    Kim Lewis, Senior (Puyallup, Wash.)
    A regular in the bars lineup ... posted season high 9.800 in Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 meets ... averaging 9.635 on bars ... tied for fourth on bars (9.800) on Jan. 21 ... tied for fourth on bars (9.725) vs. Stanford.

    Kelly McDonald, Junior (Seattle, Wash.)
    Paced team on beam at UCLA with 9.825 to tie for third-place ... second on team with 9.685 average on beam ... 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 (Delta, B.C.)
    Regular beam contributor and ranks fourth on team with a 9.580 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 (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
    Performed exhibition routine, scoring a 9.050 in Feb. 11 meet vs. Arkansas and Oregon State.

    Darcee Schiller, Sophomore (Abbotsford, B.C.)
    Had exhibition vault of 9.625 on Jan. 21 ... recorded a 9.000 on bars at Arizona State.

    Molly Seaman, Senior (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
    Has missed every meet except at Arizona State while recovering from minor knee surgery.

    Nicole Waiss, RS-Freshman (Mill Creek, Wash.)
    Team's second-highest scorer on vault, with a 9.746 average ... recorded season-high 9.850 on vault and equaled career-high 9.675 on beam in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... has not scored below a 9.675 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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