No. 24 UW Gymnasts Seek Elusive NCAA Berth
April 5, 2005
The Meet: The 24th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (13-11) will make its 24th consecutive appearance at a NCAA regional when the Huskies host the West Regional on Saturday, April 9 at 5 p.m. in Bank of America Arena The Huskies will be joined by five other teams competing for two spots into the NCAA Championships. Washington is the fourth-highest ranked team in the Seattle regional. Washington is attempting to return to the NCAA Championships for the first time since the Huskies finished seventh in 1998. The other teams selected for the Seattle region include second-ranked UCLA, the Pac-10 Champions and winner of the NCAA Championships four of the last five years, 1th-ranked Penn State, 14th-ranked Central Michigan, Stanford and Boise State. Individual competitors assigned to the site include: Debra Huss (Seattle Pacific) AA, Brittany Hoffman (Cal-State Fullerton) AA, Jennifer Greene (San Jose St.) AA, Gretta Leach (San Jose St.) AA, Michelle Minotti (San Jose St.) AA, Dominique Ingram (Alaska-Anchorage) V, Stefanie Aeder (Sacramento State) F, Melissa Genovese (Sacramento State) BB, Alexis Tsurumoto (Sacramento State) UB. Live scoring for the meet will be available at www.gohuskies.com.
The Format: Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual specialist per event [who has a minimum qualifying score] were named to each of the six national regions. The top two teams and the top, the winner of each event, and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Auburn, Ala., April 21-23.
Last week: Washington finished fifth with a 194.425 at the Pac-10 Championships on March 26 in Berkeley, Calif. UCLA won the meet with a 197.100 to earn its fifth Pac-10 title in the last seven years. Arizona was second, followed by Oregon State and Stanford.Kelly McDonald was the Huskies top performer, tying for fourth on both bars and beam. McDonald scored a 9.900 on beam and a 9.850 on bars. The Huskies did not win any individual Pac-10 titles for the first time since 2000. Carly Dockendorf was the only other Husky to crack the top five in an individual event, tying for fifth with a 9.875 on floor. Dockendorf was the Huskies' only all-around performer and finished last out of 14 competitors after having to count a 8.450 on bars towards her total of 37.850. UCLA's Kristen Maloney and Tasha Schwikert tied for the all-around title with each scoring a 39.700. Maloney took first on vault, beam and floor, while Schwikert took first on bars, scoring the meet's lone 10.000.
Meet the Huskies
Chelsea Bakken, Sophomore (Mesa, Ariz.)
Was 10th on floor (9.85) at Pac-10's ... placed second on floor (9.875) against Boise State ... recorded career-high on vault (9.925) at Utah to tie for first ... won 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) ... set career highs at Cal-State Fullerton on 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.)
Missed last three meets with a bad back ... has competed in all other meets this season, including six times in all-around ... has competed on bars in nine meets and on vault, beam and floor in eight ... 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.)
Scored a 9.825 on beam in her first appearance this season against Boise State ... tied for third in the meet ... performed exhibition routine on beam (9.100) vs. Stanford ... one of eight Husky freshman.
Carly Dockendorf, Senior (Port Moody, B.C.)
Was fifth at Pac-10 Championships on floor (9.875) ... won bars (9.950), floor (9.950) and all-around (39.525) against Boise State ... scored below a 9.700 in only five events this season ... set a career high on vault (9.850) at Utah ... has won all-around, bars, and floor in same meet (Feb. 11, Jan. 21 and Mar. 14) three times this season ... finished 17th at NCAA Track & Field Indoor Championships, clearing 12-feet, 7 1/2-inches ... won her first vault title since freshman year at Cal on Feb. 18 ... has 48 career individual titles, fifth most in Husky history ... missed Stanford meet due to injury ... tied for first in bars (9.825) and second in all-around (39.125) at ASU despite competing with a partially torn abductor muscle ... started the season with a bang, winning all-around (39.300), 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.)
Top Husky vaulter (9.825) at Pac-10 Championships, good enough for 10th ... vaulted a personal-high 9.900 in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... was fifth at OSU on vault after scoring a 9.800 ... competed on vault and floor in every Husky meet ... won first-career individual title at Boise State with a 9.825 on vault ... second on vault in quad meet on Jan. 21 with a 9.825 ... made only all-around performance of season vs. Stanford on Jan. 21 ... 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 every meet on bars and floor ... scored a season-high 9.775 on floor and also scored a 9.825 on bars at Utah ... 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.)
Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic team member ... was 10th on bars (9.8) at Pac-10 Championships ... second on vault (9.825) against Boise State ... recorded season-high 9.900 on vault at Utah ... Huskies top finisher on vault at UCLA scoring 9.850 for third ... 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 CS-Fullerton ... was on Husky cheer squad this past fall.
Lily Le, Sophomore (Kennewick, Wash.)
Has been in floor lineup the past nine meets, recording a career-high 9.750 in tri-meet on Feb. 11 ... performed on vault, beam and floor at Utah ... has been in the beam lineup three times this season, 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.)
Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic team member ... regular in 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.)
Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic team member ... has 14 career individual meet titles, 15th most in Husky history ... tied for fouth on bars (9.85) and beam (9.9) at Pac-10 Championships ... second on bars (9.900) and beam (9.850) against Boise State ... the lone Husky to win an event title at OSU, taking bars with a 9.900 ... paced team on beam at UCLA with 9.825 to tie for third-place ... won bars with season-high 9.875 at BSU ... second on beam (9.800) in quad-meet on Jan. 21 ... won beam (9.850) and second on bars (9.800) vs. Stanford ... missed meet at ASU with non-sports related injury.
Julie Medeiros, Freshman (Delta, B.C.)
Will not compete the rest of the season due to a stress fracture in her left foot ... a regular beam contributor for first six meets of 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.)
Scored 9.775 on floor against Boise State, placing third ... recorded 9.725 on floor at Utah ... scores on beam and floor counted toward team total at Utah ... 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.)
Become a vault regular for Huskies ... recorded season-high 9.725 on vault at Utah ... also scored a 9.6525 on exhibition bars routine at Utah ... 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.)
First-team Pac-10 All-Academic team member for third-straight season ... missed Pac-10 Championships and is a daytime decision for NCAA regionals after suffering third setback of season with knee injury ... paced Huskies on beam against Boise State, winning with 9.875 ... also placed third on bars in meet (9.800) ... Huskies' top bars (9.85) and beam (9.875) performer at Utah ... returned to the lineup on March 4 at Oregon State ... Huskies top beam performer, recording a 9.800 and fourth-place finish ... had missed all but four meets while recovering from knee surgery.
Nicole Waiss, RS-Freshman (Mill Creek, Wash.)
Missed two meets after suffering a concussion at practice ... 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 9.600 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
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 216-202-2. 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.