UW Gymnastics to Compete Twice This Weekend
Feb. 4, 2003
The Meet: The 13th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (4-2) travels to Seattle Pacific on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Brougham Pavilion. Washington is 50-2 against SPU, winning the last eight consecutive meets. The Huskies will then take on third-ranked UCLA on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Wooden Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Washington is 1-22 against the Bruins, losing the last nine consecutive meets. In 2002, Washington competed against UCLA and SPU in a three-way meet at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash. UCLA won the meet with a score of 197.050. Washington placed second with 195.000 and SPU placed third with 191.775.
Last Week: Washington finished second in a four-way meet at Florida that also included George Washington and Rhode Island. Florida captured the meet with a score of 196.950 while the Huskies scored 194.650. George Washington was third at 190.450 and Rhode Island was fourth at 188.525. Washington junior Emily Pritchard took first place in the all-around with a score of 39.325. Pritchard, senior Stacy Wong and freshman Kelly McDonald all tied for first place on the vault with a score of 9.900. Wong also tied for first on the beam with a score of 9.950. The Huskies won the vault competition with a team score of 49.375.
Levesque on This Week: 'Competing against Seattle Pacific is a good opportunity to get many of our girls to compete and still score well. This will be a test for everyone on the team. Many of our girls will be resting for the UCLA meet because we don't want to work them too hard for two meets in a row. UCLA will be tough and this is again a good opportunity for our girls to improve their consistency.'
Up and Coming: The Huskies are ranked 13th in this week's GymInfo collegiate poll. The Huskies are ranked first for the vault competition with an average score of 49.342. Washington is ranked 13th for the uneven bars competition with an average score of 48.858. Emily Pritchard is ranked in two events - - 10th for the uneven bars and tied for 15th for the vault. Stacy Wong is also ranked in two events - - 16th for the balance beam and tied for 12th for the vault. Despite not competing in last week's meet, Tacia LaBatte is tied for 11th for the floor competition. Kelly McDonald is ranked ninth for the vault competition. Full rankings can be found at www.troester.com/gym.
Noting the Huskies
Huskies Post Top Marks Early in Season: Washington scored it's second best team score against Arizona and San Jose State with a 197.000. The Huskies all-time high score of 197.650 was set at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. Washington's score of 194.150 in the season opener at Arizona State was the top score ever posted by a Husky team in a season opener. Washington's previous best season-opening score was a 193.375 for the Huskies season-opening victory against California in 2000.
Pritchard Picks Up Two All-Around Victories in a Row: Husky junior Emily Pritchard won the all-around against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island with a 39.325. Last week Pritchard picked up top honors in the all-around against Arizona and San Jose State with a score of 39.425. Pritchard did not win any events in that meet, but finished in the top five of all four competitions. Pritchard placed second on the bars and third on the floor with a score of 9.900 in each event. Last year Pritchard led the Huskies with 11 event titles. Last season 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 member of the 2002 All-Pac-10 squad to be named to three events. On Pritchard's performances this year, coach Levesque says, 'She is getting to the point in her career where she is consistently good. It is good to be able to count on her, especially during away meets, because if something happens to someone else, we can put Emily in without being worried about her performance. If there is something in a meet that is not a sure thing, Emily is the kind of girl who will fight for it. I wish I had twelve more girls like her on the team.'
Wong Ties for First: Senior Stacy Wong tied for first in two events against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. Wong scored a 9.900 on the vault and a 9.950 on the beam to win the competitions. Wong tied her career best score on the beam with a 9.950 to finish first against Arizona and San Jose State. Wong returned to the lineup against Arizona State after missing 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.
Powering Up in the All-Around: Junior Tanya Powers tied for eighth on the vault with a 9.850 against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. She tied for fourth in the all-around with a 38.875 in the same meet. Powers scored a career best of 39.325 in the all-around, placing second against Arizona and San Jose State. Powers placed third on the beam and vault in the same meet. Powers finished fifth in the all-around at Arizona State with a score of 38.625. Last 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 tied for 19th on the floor at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships with a career best of 9.825.
Dockendorf Back to Winning Style: Sophomore Carly Dockendorf tied her career best score on the vault of 9.850 with a fifth place finish against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. Dockendorf tied for first place on the floor with teammate Tacia LaBatte with a score of 9.950 against Arizona and San Jose State. 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. 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.
Returning to the Rotation: Sophomore Tacia LaBatte suffered a sprained ankle at Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. She will return to competition in one week. After missing last season with a broken foot, LaBatte competed for the only the third time for the Huskies against Arizona and San Jose State. LaBatte scored a career best and tied for first place on the floor with a score of 9.950. Against Arizona State, LaBatte tied for a ninth place finish on the vault with a career best score of 9.800. LaBatte tied for eighth place on the beam with a career best score of 9.750 in the same meet. Junior Molly Seaman also returned to action against Arizona State from a knee injury suffered last season. Seaman finished 12th on the bars with a score of 9.100. At Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island, Seaman finished 16th on the bars and 10th on the beam.
McDonald Making Her Mark: Freshman Kelly McDonald scored a career best in the all-around with a 39.000 and third place finish against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island. McDonald tied for first on the vault with a 9.900. McDonald won the vault competition in her first outing as a Husky. The Seattle native score a 9.925 to win the event at the dual-meet at Arizona State. On McDonald's performances this year, coach Levesque says, 'She is an awesome athletic specimen. She is petite, muscular and oozing with talent. Consistency is most important though, and she hasn't picked that up yet. She will be competing against SPU and UCLA this weekend because her body can take two meets in a row as a freshman and this will only help her with her consistency.'
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 138-115-1. 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.