<b>No. 12 UW Gymnastics Travels to Arizona State</b>

Jan. 30, 2001

This Week: The 12th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (4-2) travels to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State on Friday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. PT. This is the first road-trip for the Huskies this season to take on a Pac-10 rival.

Levesque on This Week's Meet: 'It is nice to be back in the rankings this week as we take on another Pac-10 team,' says Husky coach Bob Levesque. 'Stanford is a quality program, and it was a good challenge for us to compete against them early in the season. I was very happy that the we came away with a team record on the floor. This will boost our confidence this week and help our floor routines become even stronger. Our seniors are showing a lot of leadership while the freshman are showing they will be strong contenders for the next three years.'

The Polls: Washington is ranked No. 12 in the GymInfo Rankings this week. The Huskies score of 48.825 on floor exercise is tied for 20th with San Jose State. On the balance beam, the Huskies are ranked No. 8 with a score of 48.737. The Huskies are also ranked No. 20 with a score of 48.725 on the uneven bars. Junior Stacy Wong ranks No. 12 nationally in the uneven bars with a score of 9.975, which came against Stanford and Seattle Pacific.

Pac-10 Rivals: Arizona State leads the series against Washington 15-5. Washington has won the last two meets against Arizona State. The Huskies edged out Arizona State last year in the GTE Challenge 195.550 to 195.100. Washington came away with third place at the Pac-10 Championships last year while Arizona State placed fourth.

Last Time Out: Washington placed second with a score of 195.925 while Stanford won the meet with a score of 196. 050 last week at Bank of America Arena. Seattle Pacific placed third with 191.875. The Huskies scored a team record on the floor with a 49.425. Senior Mandi Klug scored a career-best of 9.950 on the floor while junior Sidney Field scored a career best of 9.700 on the beam. Junior Stacy Wong scored career highs on the bars, beam, floor, and came away with a career-best all-around score of 39.350.

Next Week: Washington travels next week to Berkeley, Calif. to take on Cal, UC Davis, and UC Santa Barbara on Friday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. PT. On Saturday, February 10, the Huskies will then travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to compete against UCLA at 7:00 p.m. PT.

Injury Story: Washington will be without junior Allison Bruce during the 2001 season. Bruce suffered a preseason Achilles tendon injury that will force her to miss the entire season.

Last Year: Washington posted a 12-11 record including a third-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Regionals in Corvallis. The Huskies finished 17th in the final GymInfo Coaches Poll. Washington's NCAA regional appearance was its 19th straight. The Huskies were led by all-Pac-10 performer Tiffany Simpson, who tied a school record with a 10.000 performance on floor during the season. Washington All-American Lauren Riesenman made her fourth- straight appearance at the NCAA championships, competing as an all-arounder.

Departed Seniors: Washington lost five starters from its 2000 team. The biggest loss was six-time All-American Tiffany Simpson, who was a fifth-year senior last year. She finished her career as the owners of the school records in floor exercise (10.000) and balance beam (9.975). Simpson posted three 10.000 scores on floor during her career. Also graduated is Lauren Riesenman, a four-time performer at the NCAA Championships. Crystal Collins was a steady specialist on bars while Rhyan Pelander and Leah Waarmaki came on strong as seniors and were regulars in the Husky rotation.

2001 GymInfo Women's Gymnastics Rankings(Jan. 30, 2001)

Rank Team High Team Avg.

1 UCLA 197.500 196.825

2 Alabama 196.975 196.306

3 Georgia 196.500 196.112

4 Utah 196.400 196.025

5 Nebraska 197.025 195.675

6 Florida 196.475 195.387

7 Stanford 196.050 195.342

8 Michigan 196.325 195.281

9 Oklahoma 196.225 194.894

10 Illinois State 196.000 194.775

11 L.S.U. 195.450 194.442

12 Washington 195.925 194.437

13 Minnesota 194.850 194.406

14 Brigham Young 194.325 194.300

15 Penn State 194.825 194.219

16 Ohio State 195.575 194.169

17 California 195.175 194.056

18 Cal State-Sacram. 194.250 193.921

19 Iowa State 195.075 193.842

20 Oregon State 195.575 193.781

21 N.C. State 195.325 193.683

22 Bowling Green 195.000 193.625

23 West Virginia 195.175 193.625

24 Denver 194.275 193.592

25 Kentucky 193.800 193.467

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