No. 12 UW Gymnasts Travel to No. 6 Utah
March 4, 2003
The Meet: The 12th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (12-5) travels to Salt Lake City to face sixth-ranked Utah on Friday, March 7 in the Huntsman Center. Utah has dominated the series between the schools winning 22 of 23 competitions with one tie. The Huskies lost to Utah last year 195.700 - 193.375. The Utes will be the seventh opponent UW has faced this year that is currently ranked among the top 10 in the nation. That list includes UCLA (1), Nebraska (3), Arizona State (4), Florida (6), Stanford (8) and Oregon State (9). Washington already has a pair of wins against top-10 opponents this year with victories against eight-ranked Stanford and ninth-ranked Oregon State.
Last Week: Washington returned home to face Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State. The Huskies won the meet posting the second best score (197.050) in school history. Oregon State finished second (196.475), Boise State third (194.475) and Sacramento State fourth (191.775). The Huskies recorded a school record on the floor exercise of 49.550 with help from sophomore Carly Dockendorf who ended the meet with a perfect 10.000 on the floor exercise. Dockendorf is only the third gymnast in UW history to score a 10.000 on the floor. Freshman Kelly McDonald captured the vault and uneven bars competition scoring career bests in both events of 9.975 and 9.950, respectively. McDonald also scored a career best on the floor with a second place tie of 9.925. Sophomore Tacia LaBatte (a Utah transfer) competed in the all-around for the first time in her career, placing fourth with a 39.325. LaBatte also scored a career best on the floor, tying McDonald for second with a 9.925. On Dockendorf's floor routine, head coach Bob Levesque said, 'Her attitude has changed. She is more confident. She was struggling and we were thinking of pulling her out of competition. She doesn't have to go up, she can stay where she is. She is leading by action and that is the best. She walks the walk and talks the talk.'
Levesque on This Week: 'Utah just lost to Michigan by a point. They don't have a lot of depth this year and that has been tough for them. In their last meet, they had to count a fall on the beam and floor. I am not counting on Utah falling, but us hitting our routines. If we can have a good meet and move up to10th in the rankings, that would be great. Our ultimate goal is finish the season sixth or seventh. The big thing is just going down to Utah and doing well on the road. We want to build consistency and get to the point where we know the girls can stick every event. If we can build consistency in the next four weeks, that would be awesome.'
Up and Coming: The Huskies are ranked 12th in this week's GymInfo collegiate poll. They have a season high score of 197.050 from a four-way meet with Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State in Seattle, Wash. on Feb 28. Washington is ranked 12th on the floor, 21st on the balance beam, seventh on the uneven bars and third on the vault. Carly Dockendorf is tied for 11th on the floor exercise and ranked 13th on the uneven bars. Emily Pritchard is ranked 12th on the uneven bars. Stacy Wong is tied for 15th on the balance beam and tied for 10th on the vault. Kelly McDonald is tied for seventh on the vault. Complete rankings can be found at www.troester.com/gym.
Regional Ticket Information: Washington will host the 2003 West Regionals on Saturday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Reserved seats are $12.50 in the lower bowl for all ages. General admission tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for UW students, youths 18 and under, and senior citizens in the upper level. Visit www.gohuskies.com to purchase tickets or call 206-543-2200.
A Double Threat: Sophomore Carly Dockendorf is not just competing for the UW gymnastics team, but also the UW track and field team these days. Less than 12 hours after scoring a perfect 10.000 on the floor against Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State, Dockendorf pole vaulted the fifth best pole vault mark in UW history of 12-0 at the Pac-10 Indoor Invitational on March 1. The mark tied Dockendorf for sixth place in the track meet. It was only Dockendorf's second track competition in her UW career. She competed once before, unattached, at the Ken Foreman Invitational in 2002. With only two weeks of practice, Dockendorf finished third with a mark of 12-1 1/2 that would have ranked her fourth all-time in UW history. Washington has only been competing in pole vaulting for six years. Dockendorf won the B.C. Provincial Championship in the pole vault as a senior in high school in Port Moody, British Columbia. She is also having an outstanding season for the gymnastics team. She tied for third in the all-around with a 39.400 at the Masters Classic. She tied for first on the bars tying her career best of 9.950 in the same meet. For the first time in her successful career, Dockendorf placed first in the all-around against Stanford with a score of 39.525. Dockendorf took the bars competition, tying her career best of 9.950. She scored a career best on the bars at Seattle Pacific, with a winning score of 9.950. Dockendorf also won the beam competition with a 9.875 in the same meet. Dockendorf tied her career best score on the vault of 9.850 finishing fifth against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island.
Pritchard Pushes Forward: Junior Emily Pritchard tied for sixth on the vault with a score of 9.825 and third place tie on the bars of 9.900 against Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State. Pritchard placed sixth in the all-around at the Masters Classic with a 38.775. Against Stanford, she placed second in the all-around with a 39.325. She also tied for second on the bars with a score of 9.925 and placed second on the floor with a 9.925. Against UCLA, she finished third in the all-around with a score of 39.325. She tied for third on the bars with a 9.900 in the same meet. Pritchard won the all-around against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island with a 39.325. Pritchard also picked up top honors in the all-around against Arizona and San Jose State with a score of 39.425. 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 12 more girls like her on the team. Against UCLA, she had a sore ankle, but sucked it up and competed in all four events.'
Wong Continues Strong Leadership: Senior Stacy Wong tied for second on the beam tying her career best of 9.950, winning the beam against Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State. At the Masters Classic and against Stanford, Wong won the vault competition with a score of 9.950. Wong tied for first in two events against Florida, George Washington and Rhode Island, scoring a 9.900 on the vault and a 9.950. 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. On her performance this season, head coach Bob Levesque says, 'I wish she could be an all-arounder, not just for us, but for herself. She has put in her dues and battled back. She will be an awesome person in life. She is lucky to still be able to do compete in gymnastics. She is the stabilizing influence on this team and a big calming difference.'
Powering Up in the All-Around: Junior Tanya Powers scored a career best on the bars against Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State with a score 9.875. She tied her career best on the vault of 9.900 with a third place tie at the Masters Classic. Powers placed third in the all-around against Stanford with a career high score of 39.375. She also tied two career best scores by placing third on the beam with a 9.900 and tying for seventh on the floor with a 9.825. 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 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.
Returning to the Rotation: Sophomore Tacia LaBatte tied her career best on the bars of 9.850 against Oregon State, Boise State and Sacramento State. She scored a career best of 9.925, tying for second on the floor in the same meet. LaBatte returned to competition after suffering a sprained ankle at Florida. She tied her career best on the vault tying for fourth with a 9.850. 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.
McDonald Making Her Mark: Freshman Kelly McDonald captured the vault and uneven bars competition scoring career bests in both events of 9.975 and 9.950, respectively. McDonald also scored a career best on the floor with a second place tie of 9.925. She scored a career best in the all-around of 39.400 at the Masters Classic. The Seattle native won the vault competition in her first outing as a Husky, scoring a 9.925 at the dual-meet at Arizona State. On McDonald's performances at the Masters Classic, coach Levesque says, 'She has not hit a meet all year and really shined for us today. She rocked all four events and it was good for her to step up and give her the boost of confidence she needs. Hopefully she can turn this performance into a 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 146-118-1. 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.
GymInfo National Rankings
(March 3, 2003)
1 UCLA 197.980 2 Arizona State 197.285 3 Alabama 197.205 4 Nebraska 197.180 5 Georgia 196.855 6 Utah 196.800 7 Florida 196.770 8 Stanford 196.705 9 Oregon State 196.36010 Michigan 196.35511 Auburn 196.10012 Washington 196.08513 Denver 196.03514 L.S.U. 195.91515 Oklahoma 195.70516 Ohio State 195.66517 Minnesota 195.55418 Arizona 195.52019 Iowa State 195.40020 Penn State 195.26021 Iowa 195.14022 California 195.07523 Missouri 194.99024 Brigham Young 194.93525 Central Michigan 194.845
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