Huskies Off to Face Top-Ranked Utah

March 9, 2005

The Meet: The Washington women's gymnastics team (10-6) returns to the road this week to face the top-ranked Utah Utes (9-2) on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m (PT) in the Huntsman Center. Utah has been ranked No. 1 for six of the nine weeks this season and currently boasts a team regional qualifying score (RQS) of 196.800. Washington enters the meet with a 194.450 RQS, good enough for 23rd-best in the country. Live stats of the meet will be available at both www.gohuskies.com and www.utahutes.com.

The Utah Utes: Utah is 9-2 overall and 6-0 in the Huntsman Center. The Utes average 11,520 fans per meet, tops in the nation. Utah has four all-arounders ranked in the top 20 this week, three of which are in the top-10. The Utes are led by highly-touted freshman Ashley Postell, who boasts a 39.485 RQS, third-best in the country. Sophomore Nicole Ford (39.365) is fifth, senior Annabeth Eberle (39.330) is eighth, and sophomore Rachel Tidd (39.255) is No. 18.

Huskies vs. Utah History: The Huskies are 0-31-1 all-time against Utah and 0-13 all-time in Salt Lake City. The Huskies have no other opponent that they have faced more than three times in school history that they are winless against. The Huskies earned their lone tie in 2001 when in their last routine of the evening Mandi Klug scored a perfect 10 on floor. Last year, the Huskies tallied their second-highest score of the season (197.550) in a quad meet that included Utah, but the Utes narrowly edged the UW with a 197.950. In the last meet at Huntsman Center, Utah won 196.975-194.950.

Last week: Kelly McDonald won the individual title on bars as No. 22 Washington finished third in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. No. 11 Oregon State (13-3) scored 195.525 to finish first and beat the Huskies for the third time this season. McDonald scored a 9.900 on bars to stake claim to her 14th career individual title and the Huskies scored a meet high 49.000 on bars. Carly Dockendorf scored a 9.850 to tie for second, while Tacia LaBatte and Brittney Brabec scored 9.775 to tie for fifth. The Huskies also had a strong evening on vault, scoring a 48.875, their second highest total this season. Dockendorf led the way for the Huskies with a 9.825 to take fourth, while Natalie Gillan scored 9.800 to take fifth. Molly Seaman was the Huskies top finisher on beam with a fourth-place score of 9.800. It was only Seaman's second meet of the season after missing almost two months of action due to a knee injury.

Double Dockendorf: Carly Dockendorf is in for a busy weekend. The senior from Port Moody, B.C., will compete in the all-around for the Huskies at top-ranked Utah on Friday night then hop on a flight Saturday morning to Fayatteville, Ark., where she will compete in the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at 5:30 p.m. On March 5, Dockendorf qualified for the NCAA's after pole vaulting 13-feet, 5 1/4-inches. The previous night, Dockendorf helped the Huskies finish third at the Salibasgeon Suites Invitational. Dockendorf was limited to one indoor track and field meet this season after suffering a partially torn groin in the Huskies season-opening gymnastics meet on Jan. 7. She is one of four Huskies that qualified for the NCAA's in pole vault, making the UW the only school with four competitors in one event at the championships. In 2004, Dockendorf finished 11th at the NCAA Outdoor championships. She was also the Huskies lone representative at the 2004 NCAA Gymnastics Championships, tying for 24th on floor.

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.

    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. The latest Husky to miss time due to injury was Nikki Waiss, who missed last week's meet at Oregon State after suffering a concussion during practice earlier in the week. Senior Molly Seaman returned to the lineup after missing all but one other meet due to a slow recovery from clean-up surgery on her right knee. Carly Dockendorf was unavailable for all action against Stanford and has been limited in several other meets due to a slightly torn abductor (groin) muscle. 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. Tacia LaBatte is limited to vault and bars due to chronic ankle injuries.

    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.

    Fresh Faces: The Huskies have seven freshmen on the roster with five of them seeing significant action on the mat. Brittney Brabec has competed six times in the all-around and Natalie Gillan once. Gillan has competed in every meet on vault and floor, while Raimey Iselin has competed in every meet on bars and floor. Redshirt freshman Nikki Waiss is a regular 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 six Husky meets, and beam lineup the last two meets.

    Double Duty: Carly Dockendorf isn't the only Husky gymnasts that participates in multiple sports (see page 1). 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 213-197-2. 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.)
    Paced the Huskies effort on floor at OSU with a 9.825 ... won her first two event titles as a Husky against Cal on Feb. 18, tying 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.)
    Consistent performer has competed in all meets this season, including six times in all-around ... has competed on bars in all nine meets and on vault, beam and floor in eight of nine ... hit career highs in all-around, vault, bars and beam in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... 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 three events this season ... has twice won all-around, bars, and floor in same meet (Feb. 11 and Jan. 21) ... will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 12 after clearing 13-feet, 5 1/4-inches in the pole vault one day after competing for the gymnastics team at OSU on Mar. 4 ... 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 ... was fifth at OSU on vault after scoring a 9.800 ... has competed on vault and floor in every Husky meet ... won first-career individual title at Boise State with a 9.825 ... was second on vault in quad meet on Jan. 21 with a 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 eight 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 ... was on Husky cheer squad this past fall.

    Lily Le, Sophomore (Kennewick, Wash.)
    Has been in floor lineup the past six meets, recording a career-high 9.750 in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... has been in the beam lineup the last two meets, scoring a career-high 9.550 at OSU ... 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 ... 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.)
    Was the lone Husky to win an individual title at OSU, taking bars with a 9.900 ... has 14 career individual meet titles, the 15th most in Husky history ... paced team on beam at UCLA with 9.825 to tie for third-place ... won bars with season-high 9.875 at BSU ... 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.)
    Stepped into vault lineup at OSU and scored a 9.700 ... 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.)
    Returned to the lineup on March 4 at Oregon State ... was the Huskies top beam performer, recording a 9.800 and fourth-place finish ... had missed every other meet except at Arizona State while recovering from minor knee surgery.

    Nicole Waiss, RS-Freshman (Mill Creek, Wash.)
    Missed Mar. 4 meet after suffering a concussion at practice earlier in the week ... 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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