Husky Gymnastics Team Opens 2003 Season
Jan. 13, 2003
The Meet: Washington opens the 2003 season when it travels to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Pac-10 rival Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 17. Washington has an 8-16 record against the Sun Devils, but the Huskies have won the last three meetings. In their last meeting, Washington defeated ASU 196.575 to 194.800. The Huskies score was the fifth best in the program's history. UW was led by Emily Pritchard with am all-around score of 39.675, which tied her for the third best mark Washington history. Carly Dockendorf's all-around score of 39.550 tied her for 10th all-time in the same meet.
Bouncing Back: Washington enters the 2003 season hoping to bounce back from last year's disappointing 7-13 campaign. The Huskies were slowed by injuries that forced veterans Stacy Wong (knee injury) and Molly Seaman (knee injury) out of the lineup. Tacia LaBatte, a transfer from Utah, was also unable to compete due to a broken right foot. The Huskies return 10 letterwinners from last year's team and lost only one senior (Allison Bruce). Joining this year's team is a six-person freshman class that head coach Bob Levesque feels is the most talented in his 13-year tenture at Washington.
Noting the Huskies
Stacy Wong, Senior: Stacy Wong missed the entire 2002 season after suffering a knee injury during training. Wong, one of UW's top performer, missed most of the 1999 season due to injuries and had to sit out the 2000 season due to an ACL injury in her right knee. Wong holds the highest all-around score in Washington history with a 39.725, earning her second place at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships.
Emily Pritchard, Junior: Emily Pritchard was a consistent and top competitor for the Huskies in the all-around last season, improving her career bests in every event. She captured first place in the all-around in four meets, including a career best of 39.675 against Arizona State. Pritchard also took first place on the vault at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships at Stanford, with a career best of 9.975. Pritchard was named to the 2002 Pac-10's All-Conference Team. A native of Buckley, Wash., she was named all-conference performer on bars, vault and in the all-around. She was the only memeber of the 2002 All-Pac-10 squad to be named to three events.
Tanya Powers, Junior: Tanya Powes is expected to see more time as a all-arounder for the Huskies this season. She picked up her first event championship with first-place honors on vault against Cal with a career-best score of 9.900. Powers set a career high on the beam against Arizona State with a 9.900. Powers tied for 19th on the floor at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships with a career best of 9.825. She also scored a career best in the all-around with a 39.250, earning her a seventh place finish.
Carly Dockendorf, Sophomore: Cartly Dockendorf had one of the most successful freshman seasons ever for a Husky in 2002. Dockendorf competed in the all-around in seven of 11 meets last season. She tied for fourth in th all-around against Arizona State with a career high score of 39.550. She scored career highs on the bars and beam in the same meet, scoring 9.925 and 9.900 respectively. Against top-ranked Utah, Dockendorf set a record score for a freshman with a 9.975 on the floor, capturing first place. She placed second on the vault at the 2002 NCAA West Regional at Oregon State.
Seasoned Sophomores: Kimberly Lewis competed on the floor in 10 of 11 meet for the Huskies as a freshman in 2002. She scored a career best on the floor of 9.875 against Arizona State in a tie for fifth place with teammate Amy Metcalf. Lewis then set a career high on the bars with a 9.700 in the same meet. Lewis competed on the beam for the first time at Oregon State, scoring 9.325. Another oustanding freshman last season was Courtney Canavan. She was a solid competitor on the vault and beam for the Huskies last season. She scored a career best of 9.675 against Boise State and Oregon State. Canavan set a career high on the beam with a 9.675 at Oregon State. Canavan tied that same score against UCLA and Seattle-Pacific.
Freshman Roles: Head coach Bob Levesque was pleased with the performances by the freshmen last year, but he considers this year's six-person freshman class to be the strongest yet of his 13 years at Washington. Jessica Ray has had foot surgery and will not be ready at the start of the season. Levesque is confiddent she will make a difference by the end of the season. Christina Pelaez is a powerful athlete and could be one of the real sleepers. Kelly McDonald is the Level 10 National Champion and is in great shape for the beginning of the 2003 season. McDonald is also training for the 2004 Olympics. Most of her routines will be the same as if she is competing in the Olympics. Levesque is looking to her to be an outstanding all-around performer. Bijoya Das, Jenny Ehlers and Carmen Jordan round out the freshman class.
Head Coach Bob Levesque: Washington head coach Bob Levesque is in his 13th season coaching the Huskies in 2003. Levesque owns a career record of 134-116-1. 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.
Assistant Coach Heidi Coleman: The newest addition to the Husky lineup is assistant coach Heidi Coleman. She joins the staff this year to replace Danna Durante who accepted an assistant coaching position at Nebraska. Since November of 1999 Coleman has worked as the artistic director and assistant head coach for the Abbotsford Twisters Gymnastics Club in British Columbia, overseeing the program's balance beam, vault, artistic preparation and choreography. One of Coleman's former gymnasts was Washington's Carly Dockendorf. Prior to working with the Abbotsford Twisters, Coleman was the competitive coach for the Surrey Gymnastics Society in British Columbia from 1998-1999.
Assistant Coach Frank Lee: Frank Lee is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Washington gymnastics team. In addition to assisting the Husky program, Lee is the owner and head coach of the Cascade Elite Gymnastics Club in Montlake Terrace. He has operated the highly successful club since he graduate from Washington in 1989. Lee earned his undergraduate degree in zoology. While attending the University of Washington, he was a member of the Husky men's gymnastics club team. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee grew up in Seattle and attended Cascade High School.