Huskies Travel to Corvallis for Salbasgeon Suites Invitational

March 1, 2005

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The Meet: The 22nd-ranked Huskies (9-4, 4-2) head to Corvallis, Ore., to face the No. 9 Iowa State Cyclones (9-1), No. 11 Oregon State Beavers (10-3) and the UC Davis Aggies (7-8) at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational on Friday, Mar. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. Washington looks for its first victory in Corvallis since Mar. 6, 1987 and its first victory over Oregon State since the 2003 season. The Huskies have not faced either Iowa State or UC Davis since the 2001 season. This is the Huskies' tenth trip to Oregon State's yearly invitational, formerly known as the Shanico Invite. Washington boasts a 25-20 record at the Invitational and has only beaten the host Beavers twice at the meet, in 1986 and 1987.

The Oregon State Beavers: Holding a season-high No. 11 ranking and second place in the Pac-10 conference, the Beavers look to continue a sweep of the Huskies this season on Friday. Last week, the Beavers extended its win streak to seven over California and Seattle Pacific at home in Corvallis. OSU hit all of its routines in the meet, going 28-for-28 for its second highest team score of the year (195.925). The Beavers won at least a share of every event, led by Therese Videan notching victories on the vault and floor.

Huskies vs. Oregon State History: Oregon State leads the all-time series record over Washington 13-44. Friday's meet marks the third time the Huskies have faced the Beavers this season. Washington faced the Beavers in their first meet of the season at Cal State Fullerton, where the Beavers defeated the Huskies 195.200-194.635. The Huskies then faced Oregon State at home on Feb. 11, where the Beavers used a strong last-event vault performance to slip by the Huskies 195.975-195.275. Last year, the Huskies fell to Oregon State in Corvallis on Jan. 23 and again at the Pac-10 Championships. Washington's last victory over the Beavers came on Feb. 28, 2003, where the Huskies upset their Pac-10 rivals 197.050-196.475 in Seattle.

The Iowa State Cyclones: The ninth-ranked Cyclones hosted seventh-ranked Oklahoma last week, upsetting the Sooners 196.250-195.050 to preserve a perfect 3-0 Big Ten Conference record. Cyclones Laura-Kay Powell won the vault with a career-high 9.950, Jade Kvach tied her career high on bars for the title with a 9.875 and Janet Anson won the floor with a 9.925.

Huskies vs. Iowa State History: The Huskies lead the all-time series over Iowa State 1-0. Washington last faced the Cyclones on Feb. 8, 1991, where the Huskies defeated Iowa State in Palo Alto, Calif. 185.950-179.600.

The UC Davis Aggies: The 7-8 Aggies competed in the annual Causeway Classic in Davis, Calif. last week against cross-town rival Sacramento State, San Jose State and Anchorage-Alaska. Posting their sixth-best score in school history (193.225), the Aggies were led by Tiffany Chan who won both the beam (9.875) and floor (9.900).

Huskies vs. UC Davis history: Washington leads the all-time series over the Aggies 10-0. The Huskies last faced UC Davis in Berkeley, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2001, where they defeated the Aggies 192.175-188.525.

Last week: The Huskies had a well-needed bye week, resting many injured athletes in preparation for this week's quad meet. On Feb. 18, the Huskies outscored Cal 191.225-190.875 in its lowest-scoring performance of the season. Washington senior Carly Dockendorf and sophomore Chelsea Bakken each won two individual titles, Dockendorf on the vault and bars and Bakken on the vault and floor. The Bears only used seven gymnasts during the evening and had four of them competing in the all-around.

Ranked Dawgs: The Huskies are currently ranked 22nd 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 the one of only four Division I gymnasts to record a perfect 10 on floor this season among 674 competitors.

Event	  Ranking	  RQSOverall	22nd	   194.115Vault	  23rd	    48.725Bars	   27th	    48.365Beam	 t-29th	    48.250Floor	  31st	    48.625

Team Season Highlights: Here are some 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 records 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.

    Huskies Hire Jeff Lutz: Jeff Lutz, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, has been hired to assume the duties of former assistant gymnastics coach Frank Lee. A former elite gymnast, Lutz and his wife Linda own Gymnastics Express in Auburn, Wash. Lutz was a five-time NCAA All-American while at the University of Oklahoma. He was the captain of the Sooners' 1991 NCAA Championship team. A national search will be conducted at the end of the season to fulfill the position.

    Assistant Coach Leaves: 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 abductor (groin) muscle, which she aggravated again on Feb. 18 at Cal. Junior Kelly McDonald missed the ASU meet while recovering from a non-gymnastics injury. Contributing freshman Julie Medeiros is out for the season with a stress fracture in her left foot, and Jessica Brown will sit out the season following surgery on her shoulder.

    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 participated on vault, beam and floor before a stress fracture in her left foot ended her season. Sophomore transfer Lily Le has been in the floor lineup the last five Husky meets, and was thrown into the lineup on beam at the Cal meet following an injury to Carly Dockendorf.

    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 212-195-2. 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.)
    Won her first two event titles as a Husky against Cal on Feb. 18, tying teammate Carly Dockendorf for the vault title (9.725) and winning the floor title (9.775) ... 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) ... has competed on vault, beam and floor in every meet this season.

    Brittney Brabec, Freshman (Gresham, Ore.)
    Hit career highs in all-around, vault, bars and beam in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... consistent performer who has competed in all meets ... has competed on bars in all seven meets and on beam in six of seven ... has not scored below a 9.600 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 two events this season ... averages a team-best 9.8417 on bars, 9.7964 on floor and 9.700 on beam ... has twice won all-around, bars, and floor in same meet (Feb. 11 and Jan. 21) ... won her first vault title since her freshman year at Cal of Feb. 18 ... has 45 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 second highest scorer on bars with a career-high 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 9.775 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 five meets, recording a career-high 9.750 in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... is averaging 9.555 on floor ... thrown into the beam lineup at Cal after two Husky injuries ... scored 9.350 in her first beam performance of the season ... 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 9.600 on bars ... placed fourth on bars at Cal (9.725) ... 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 9.5679 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.)
    Will not compete in the rest of the season due to a stress fracture in her left foot ... a regular beam contributor for the first six meets of the season ... 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.)
    Thrown into the beam lineup at Cal after two Husky injuries ... scored career-high 9.600 to place fourth ... that score was the second-highest for any Husky on the beam at Cal ... also performed an exhibition floor routine at the meet, scoring a 9.300 ... performed exhibition routine on beam scoring a 9.050 in Feb. 11 meet vs. Arkansas and Oregon State.

    Darcee Schiller, Sophomore (Abbotsford, B.C.)
    Competed exhibition at Cal on vault (9.375) and bars (8.225) ... had an exhibition vault score 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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