UW Gymnasts Host Cal and Sacramento State

Jan. 14, 2004

The Meet: The Washington women's gymnastics team (3-0) opens its 2004 home season against Pac-10 rival California (1-0) and Sacramento State (0-1) on Friday, Jan. 16th at Bank of America Arena at 7 p.m. Washington is undefeated against Sacramento State in the 11 meetings between the two schools. The Huskies lead the series against California 33-6, despite falling to the Bears last year in Berkeley.

Scouting the Competition: California got its season off on the right track last week, defeating interstate rival Cal-State Fullerton. The Bears were led by junior Seattle native Mylan Dodd, who took the all-around title over teammates Stephanie Kim and Karissa Chock. Sacramento State took third in their season-opener behind Stanford and Central Michigan, guided by senior Binta Coleman and junior Jessica Hoffman.

Last Week: The Huskies opened their 2004 campaign at the Cancun Invitational in impressive fashion, posting their best season-opening team score in history with a 196.450. The previous mark of 194.150 was set in last year's season opener at Arizona State. The Huskies' score ranks as the fourth-best road score in the program's history. Senior Emily Pritchard, whose 9.975 on bars tied her career-best and fueled her second place all-around finish, led Washington over 12th ranked Iowa and 13th ranked Oklahoma in the contest. Molly Seaman and Kim Lewis also recorded career-best performances on the bars, Lewis posting a 9.900 and Seaman a 9.825.

Huskies in the National Rankings: The Husky women are ranked fourth in the national poll this week after a dynamite showing at the Cancun Invitational. The ranking is the highest ever in the program's history. The previous highest ranking by a UW gymnastics team was eighth. Their uneven bars score (49.325) was the third highest total in Washington's 30-year gymnastics history, and the highest of any school last week. Washington is ranked in the top 25 on all four events. The Huskies are seventh on vault (49.300), tied for sixth on beam (49.100), and 17th on floor (48.725). Senior Emily Pritchard is currently ranked first on the uneven bars in the national poll, and fifth in the all-around. Freshman Chelsea Bakken is tied for 13th in the rankings after her first ever floor performance for the Huskies.

Freshmen Debut: Two freshmen competed for Washington during the Huskies' season-opening meet in Cancun. Tori Quandt performed on vault while Chelsea Bakken competed on vault, bars and floor. Quandt led the Huskies on floor with a fourth-place finish, scoring 9.900.

The Husky Lineup: Washington's 13-gymnast lineup includes three seniors (Amy Metcalf, Emily Pritchard, Molly Seaman), three juniors (Carly Dockendorf, Tacia LaBatte, Kim Lewis), two sophomores (Bijoya Das, Kelly McDonald) and five freshmen (Chelsea Bakken, Erika Knapp, Tori Quandt, Darcee Schiller, Nicole Waiss).

Head Coach Bob Levesque: Washington head coach Bob Levesque is in his 14th season coaching the Huskies in 2004. Levesque owns a career record of 158-124-1. 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.

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