No. 12 Washington Hosts No. 4 Utah, No. 16 Iowa, Illinois-Chicago
March 3, 2004
The 12th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (7-3-1) continues its two-meet homestand this week, facing the sixth-ranked Utah Utes (8-1), the 16th-ranked Iowa GymHawks (8-3), and the Illinois-Chicago Flames (4-9) on Friday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavillion. Live scoring of the meet will be available at www.gohuskies.com. Monday Washington makes the short trip to Seattle Pacific for a dual meet with the Falcons at Brougham Pavilion at 7 p.m.
Series History: Washington leads the all-time series against both Iowa (2-0) and Illionis-Chicago (1-0). The Huskies defeated Iowa in their first meet of the season at the Cancun Invitational 196.450-195.350. The last time the Huskies faced Illinois-Chicago was on Feb. 6, 1998, when Washington defeated the Flames 193.975-187.725. Utah leads the all-time series with Washington 30-0-1. The Utes have won three straight since the series' only tie in 2001 in Seattle. The Huskies dropped a dual meet at Utah last season 196.975-194.950.
The Utah Utes: Senior Melissa Vituj won three events and the all-around to lead Utah to the second highest score in school history and a 198.050-195.475 win over Utah State. She scored a perfect ten on the balance beam en route to her all-around victory and set a career-high to win the bars (9.975). Fellow senior Veronique Leclerc scored the first perfect 10 of her career to win the floor exercise. Freshman Rachel Tidd placed second in the all-around with a career-best 39.600.
The Iowa GymHawks: Iowa defeated Minnesota last week 196.025-195.750 after trailing the Gophers until the last rotation. Senior Alexis Maday won the all-around (39.675) and three events for the GymHawks. She won the bars, floor, tied for first on beam, and placed second on the vault. Senior Stephanie Gran won the vault, tied for first on beam, tied for second on floor, and finished second in the all-around. Sophomore Kortny Williamson tied for second on vault and floor.
The Illinois-Chicago Flames: The Flames have won four of their last five after a slow start this season, including a win over Western Michigan last weekend 195.725-193.875. The team score marked a season-high team total, along with season-highs set on the vault (49.250), bars (49.000), and the beam (48.600). The Flames were led by junior Alyson Cacciatore, who won the all-around (39.275) and the vault (9.900). Sophomore Veronique Meunier placed second all-around (39.225) won the bars for the Flames (9.850) to tie her season best.
Last Week: The then-15th ranked Washington gymnastics team upset top-ranked UCLA 197.225 to 197.100 before a crowd of 2,161 at Bank of America Arena. The win was the second ever against the Bruins, coming exactly six years to the day since Washington's last victory against UCLA. Washington was led by senior Emily Pritchard, who finished second in the all-around with a 39.725. That score equalled her career best mark she set the previous week at Arizona. Pritchard won the bars with a score of 9.975, was second on floor exercise at 9.975, and placed third on balance beam at 9.950. Molly Seaman also contributed to the Husky effort, winning the beam with a career best score of 9.975. She also had a career high on bars with a 9.950. The Huskies took the early lead thanks to several Bruin mishaps on bars. Washington led after the first rotation 48.725-48.475, and then posted the top three scores on bars led by Pritchard's first-place finish. UCLA fought back with a strong showing on vault, marked by senior Jeanette Antolin's perfect 10. Washington kept up its strong showing on beam during the Huskies' third rotation. Thanks to Seaman's career high 9.975, Washington scored 49.425 to maintain a slight lead over the Bruins going into the last rotation. UCLA posted a 49.575 on the beam during their final rotation, but it was not enough to catch the Huskies. Washington hit all of its floor routines to score 49.425 and wrap up the win. Dockendorf and Pritchard both scored 9.925s on floor to tie for second place.
Huskies in the National Rankings: The Husky women are ranked 12th this week (196.220). Washington is ranked in the top 25 on all events. The Huskies are 21st on vault (48.955), sixth on bars (49.320), 18th on beam (49.080), and 14th on floor (49.330). Senior Emily Pritchard continues to dominate the rankings for the Huskies. She is ranked first on the uneven bars (9.955) for the eighth consecutive week. She is also ranked seventh in the all-around (39.560) and 20th on the vault (9.890). Senior Molly Seaman is tied for second on the beam (9.935). Junior Carly Dockendorf is ranked fourth on the floor (9.945) for the second week in a row. Sophomore Kelly McDonald is tied for 20th on the bars (9.890).
Records Continue to Fall: The Husky assault on the record books continued against UCLA last week. Senior Emily Pritchard tied her personal best all-around score of 39.725, which is the second-best all-around score in Washington history. She also tied her career high on the floor with a 9.925. Senior Molly Seaman set a career high on the beam with a 9.975, which also ties the school record on the event. Seaman also set a new career high on the uneven bars with a 9.950. Junior Tacia LaBatte tied her career high on bars with a 9.875. Junior Carly Dockendorf tied her season high on the bars (9.950), beam (9.875), and all-around (39.525). Kim Lewis also tallied a season high 9.800 on the floor exercise.
McDonald Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week: After her record-breaking performance against Arizona State on Feb. 13, sophomore Kelly McDonald was recognized as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week. McDonald set a new school record in the all-around with her 39.825, and also recorded the first perfect 10 of her career on the vault. She was second on the bars and floor, both with career-high scores of 9.975.
Huskies Set Career Bests Against Arizona State: Seven of the nine Huskies who competed against Arizona State set new or matched career bests. Freshman Chelsea Bakken set a career high 9.675 on vault, and tied her career best in the all-around (38.950). Junior Tacia LaBatte set new career highs on vault (9.925) and bars (9.875). Carly Dockendorf tied her career high on the floor with her perfect performance. Sophomore Kelly McDonald set new career highs on the vault (10.000), bars (9.975), beam (9.975), and all-around (39.825). Senior Emily Pritchard set a new career high with her perfect 10 on bars, and tied her career best on the floor (9.925). Freshman Tori Quandt set a new career high on vault (9.650) and Molly Seaman tied her career high on the beam (9.900).
Contributing Freshman: Freshman Chelsea Bakken has continued to support the Husky effort, finishing sixth in the all-around against Arizona (38.950). She has competed in the all-around in five of the eight meets this season, tying her personal best 38.950 all-around score in three of those meets. Newcomer Tori Quandt has become a regular in the Husky vault lineup, where she has competed as the lead-off man in the last five meets. She set a career-best score of 9.650 against Arizona State. Darcee Schiller contributed on the vault at Stanford, scoring a 9.575 for 11th place. Fellow freshmen Nicole Waiss competed on the vault against California and Sacramento State, scoring a 9.725.
The Vaulter: Husky junior Carly Dockendorf is one of the nation's best and busiest gymnasts. This season she is pulling double-duty by also competing for Washington's indoor track team. Dockendorf has already competed in three track meets in addition to her eight gymnastics meets. On Feb. 6-7 she became one of few Husky athletes to compete in two sports in one weekend on the road. Friday night she won the all-around for the gymnastics team against Boise State, and then competed Saturday morning in the pole vault. She tied for fourth, vaulting 12-5 1/2. Dockendorf also placed third in her flight at the Pole Vault Summit Meet in Reno, clearing 12-9 1/2. Being a two-sport athlete is nothing new to this Husky. She competed in both sports last year. Her career best on the pole vault is a height of 12-11 1/2 which allowed her to finish eighth at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships.
Senior Success: Senior Emily Pritchard has had record-breaking success in her last season with the Huskies, capturing 13 event titles in her last eight meets. The native of Buckley, Wash. has been a consistent all-around force for Washington, and is nationally ranked in the all-around, vault, and bars. Last year Pritchard captured six event titles for the Huskies while battling injuries ranging from kidney stones to a sprained ankle. She recorded her first perfect 10 of her career on the bars against Arizona State.
Seaman Showing Consistency: Senior Molly Seaman has answered Coach Bob Levesque's call for consistency so far this season, helping the Huskies on both the beam and the floor. Seaman's anchor spot in the beam lineup has proved to be an effective one. She won the event vs. California and Sacramento State on Jan. 16, against Oregon State on Jan. 23, at Boise State on Feb. 6, against Arizona State on Feb. 13, and against UCLA on Feb. 27. She is tied for second nationally. As Washington's leadoff on floor exercise, Seaman has shown solid consistency on the Huskies most inconsistent event thus far in the season. She returns to the lineup after missing the second half of the 2003 season due to a knee injury.
Metcalf Returning to Top Form: Off-season wrist surgery will limit senior Amy Metcalf this season. She was expected to compete on floor, bars, and beam, but will be limited to beam for most of the season. Cleared to practice only three weeks before the Cancun Invitational, Metcalf scored a 9.775 for the Huskies on the beam. She tied her career best at Arizona with a 9.900. She has appeared in all but one meet during her Husky career, and will not let her wrist injury keep her down.
LaBatte Makes Impact: Junior Tacia LaBatte has had a strong impact on Husky scoring so far this season. In her first all-around performance this season, LaBatte tied her personal best score with a 39.375. She set new career-highs on vault (9.925) and bars (9.875) against Arizona State, all while battling the flu. She set new career-highs on the beam at the Cancun Invitational (9.825). She won her first ever career event title as a Husky on the vault at Stanford this season (9.900). LaBatte was one of three Huskies to qualify for the NCAA Championships last season.
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 162-127-2. 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.
The 2004 Washington Huskies
Chelsea Bakken, Freshman
Freshman making an immediate impact on the Husky squad... matched career-high floor score at Stanford (9.900)... placed 10th on the beam (9.800) and ninth on the floor (9.850) against UCLA... took third in the all-around against California and Sacramento State (38.575), sixth at Oregon State (38.950), fourth at Boise State (38.375), fifth against Arizona State (38.950), and sixth at Arizona (38.950)... led the Huskies in her collegiate debut on floor at the Cancun Invitational, hitting a 9.900 to take fourth place... continues to be solid as the team's leadoff man on the bars, scoring above 9.725 in seven out of eight meets... her consistent scores have contributed to the team total 23 out of 26 routines thus far.
Bijoya Das, Sophomore
Suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in her first floor performance as a Husky at Boise State... was a contributing beam competitor for the Huskies... competed in her first meet this season on beam for the Huskies at Oregon State (9.575)... has been slowed in her career due to an elbow injury.
Carly Dockendorf, Junior
Ranked fourth in the nation on the floor... tied her season high scores on the bars (9.950), beam (9.875) and in the all-around (39.525) against UCLA... placed fourth all-around against UCLA... won two event titles at Arizona, scoring a 9.925 to win the bars and a 9.950 to tie for the floor title... is nationally ranked fourth on the floor... recorded her first perfect 10 of the season against Arizona State... after winning the all-around title at Boise State on Friday, Feb. 6, went on to place fourth in the pole vault on Saturday, Feb. 7 for the Husky track team (12-5 1/2)... one of only Husky athletes ever to compete in two sports in the same weekend on the road... won the floor title against Cal and Sacramento State (9.950), at Oregon State (9.925), at Stanford (9.975), at Boise State (9.925), against Arizona State (10.000), and at Arizona (9.950) as the anchor in the lineup... has finished in the top eight on vault in six of seven meets this season... has won 28 event titles in her three years as a Husky, eight thus far as a junior, 14 as a sophomore and six as a freshman... only Pac-10 All-Conference selection for Washington last season... has hit the most perfect 10's (four) of any Husky gymnast in history... took 22nd in the all-around at the NCAA Championships last year... was named the team's MVP for the 2003 season... also pole-vaults for the UW track team during gymnastics season... placed third in her flight at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno on Jan. 9, clearing 12-9 1/2... placed seventh at the UW Indoor Preview on Jan.17, vaulting 12-1 1/2... took eighth at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships in the pole-vault.
Erica Knapp, Freshman
Has yet to compete for the Huskies... has her best chance to perform on beam and floor exercise... part of Washington's five-member freshman class.
Tacia LaBatte, Junior
Tied her career high score on the bars against UCLA (9.875) for seventh place... finished sixth on the vault (9.825) and tied for eighth on floor (9.850) against UCLA... in her first all-around performance of the season at Arizona, tied her career best score with a 39.325... set new career highs on vault (9.925) and bars (9.875) against Arizona State... won her first career-event title at Stanford on the vault (9.900)... set new career high on beam at the Cancun Invitational (9.825)... has scored above a 9.750 in her six vault performances this season... one of three Washington gymnasts to compete at the 2003 NCAA Championships.
Kim Lewis, Junior
Tied her season best floor score against UCLA (9.800)... set career highs on both bars and beam in her first meet of the season at the Cancun Invitational... scored a 9.900 on bars to place third and a 9.800 on the beam to place 10th... a consistent force in the Huskies' bar lineup, has scored above 9.700 in all six meets this season... has placed in the top 10 on bars in every meet this season... has performed exhibition routines three times on the floor and once on the beam this season.
Kelly McDonald, Sophomore
Placed sixth on bars against UCLA (9.900)... only competed in two events at Arizona, resting a sore Achilles tendon... finished second on the bars at Arizona with a 9.900... dynamite performance against Arizona State... set new Husky all-around record score with a 39.825... recorded her first ever perfect 10 on the vault, becoming only the third Husky in history to do so... set new career highs on the vault (10.000), bars (9.975), floor (9.975), and all-around (39.825)... all-arounder coming off one of the best freshman seasons in Husky history... set career-high on beam at Oregon State, placing second with a 9.925... tied her career-high on beam at Boise State the next weekend... placed fourth all-around and third on the vault at the Cancun Invitational... has placed in the top three on vault in seven of eight meets this season... has placed in the top four all-around in four of the eight meets this season... has scored above a 9.800 in all of her career vaulting performances except one last season... has scored above a 9.775 on bars in every meet this season... competed in the all-around in 12 of 14 meets last season... won seven event titles during her 2003 campaign, including two all-around titles.
Amy Metcalf, Senior
Tied her personal best 9.900 beam score at Arizona for third place... cleared to practice only three weeks before the Cancun Invitational due to off-season wrist surgery... has performed on beam in six meets for the Huskies, scoring a 9.775 at the Cancun Invitational, a 9.750 against Cal and Sacramento State, a 9.725 against Arizona State, a 9.900 at Arizona, and a 9.825 against UCLA... has competed on all events for the Huskies in her career except vault... before this season, had only missed one meet in her career.
Emily Pritchard, Senior
Tied her career best all-around mark of 39.725 against UCLA for second place... won the bars (9.975), placed second on the floor (9.925), and placed third on the beam (9.950) against UCLA... Husky team captain currently ranked first in the country on bars, where she was undefeated in the first three meets this season... set her new career high on the bars against Arizona State, where she recorded the first perfect 10 of her career... nationally ranked seventh in the all-around (39.560)... has won 33 event titles in her Husky career, thirteen this season, six last season, 11 her sophomore year, and three her freshman year... placed in the top-four all-around in the eight meets this season, including a first-place finish against Cal and Sacramento State and at Arizona... has scored 39 or above all-around in seven meets this season... captured four vault titles this season, scoring a 9.950 against Cal and Sacramento State, a 9.850 at Oregon State, a 9.875 at Boise State, and a 9.950 at Arizona... has not scored below 9.750 on any event this season... has not suffered a fall or major break on any event this season... competing through this season through a sore ankle... was slowed last season due to kidney stones that forced her to miss three weeks.
Tori Quandt, Freshman
Set new career-high on the vault against Arizona State (9.650)... competed in the all-around for the Huskies at Boise State after injuries forced her into the lineup... placed fifth all-around (37.275) at Boise State... competed on vault at the Cancun Invitational (9.575) and at Stanford (9.600) for the Huskies... performed exhibition routines on the vault (9.300) and bars (9.700) at Oregon State... looks to break into the lineup on vault, bars, or floor.
Darcee Schiller, Freshman
Competed on the vault at Stanford (9.575)... competed on bars for the Huskies against California and Sacramento State (8.900)... has a chance to break into the lineup on any event... was coached on the club level by current UW assistant coach Heidi Coleman... hails from the same club as teammate Carly Dockendorf... named Gymnastics B.C. Outstanding Athlete of the Year for her 2003 club season... seven-time Canadian national championship qualifier.
Molly Seaman, Senior
Currently tied for second in the nation on the balance beam (9.935)... set new career high on beam against UCLA with a 9.975... also set a new career high on the bars (9.950)... won the beam titles against Cal/Sacramento State (9.900), at Oregon State (9.950), at Boise State (9.925), against Arizona State (9.950), and against UCLA (9.975)... has won nine event titles in her Husky career, five this season, one in 2003, and three in 2002... competed in the anchor spot on beam all season and has not scored below 9.850... the lead-off gymnast on floor, has not scored below 9.800... returns to the lineup after missing most of 2003 and 2002 seasons due to knee injuries... the first Husky gymnast to hail from Alabama.
Nicole Waiss, Freshman
Competed on the vault for the Huskies against Cal/Sacramento State... placed seventh with a 9.725... competing through a leg injury this season... youngest member of the Husky team at age 16... a member of the 2002 Junior National team.
2004 Meet Highlights
UW at Arizona (2/20/04): Washington recorded its highest road score ever last week at Arizona, tying the Wildcats with a 197.300. The Huskies were led by senior Emily Pritchard, who set a personal best by winning the all-around with a score of 39.725. It is the second best all-around score in Washington history. Pritchard took top honors on vault with a 9.950 and recorded a career high 9.975 to finish first on beam. Ranked No. 1 in the nation on uneven bars, she tied for second on the event with a 9.900. Junior Carly Dockendorf also picked up a pair of first-place finishes for the Huskies. She won the bars with a score of 9.925 and tied for top honors on floor with a 9.950. Dockendorf was third in the all-around with a score of 39.450. The Huskies won the bars and beam competition while the Wildcats won the vault and floor. The tie was only the second in Washington's history. Washington tied Utah during the 2001 season.
UW vs. Arizona State (2/13/04): It was a historic night for the Husky Gymnastics team. For the first time in the program's history three different gymnasts recorded perfect 10s during a competition. The results helped Washington defeat 17th-ranked Arizona State 197.325 to 193.075 and end a three meet losing streak. Sophomore Kelly McDonald led the Huskies, scoring her first perfect 10 on vault and setting a new school record in the all-around (39.825). Senior Emily Pritchard continued her success on the uneven bars, scoring her first perfect 10 to win the event. Junior Carly Dockendorf won the floor with her 10, just the third in her career. Junior Molly Seaman tied her career-best score on the beam to win the event (9.950). The team floor score of 49.600 set a new school record, while the 49.475 recorded on the bars tied the school record. The team score of 197.325 is the third best ever for the Huskies. Seven of the nine Huskies who competed against Arizona State either set new or matched career-best scores.
UW at Boise State (2/6/04): Despite winning all four event titles and the all-around crown, the Huskies fell to Boise State in a dual meet at Boise 195.450-194.875. The Huskies had not lost in Boise since Mar. 10, 2001. Washington was led by junior Carly Dockendorf, who finished first on the floor en route to capturing her first all-around title of the season (39.450). Senior Emily Pritchard on her fourth consecutive uneven bars title with a 9.950, and also took first place on the vault with a 9.875. Molly Seaman and Kelly McDonald completed the Husky sweep, sharing top honors on beam with a 9.925.
UW at Stanford (1/30/04): Despite setting a season-high floor score of 49.425, the Huskies lost their dual meet at Stanford after a disappointing balance beam performance. The Huskies were down going into their last event by a little over .500, and needed a stellar performance on the beam. Instead, the first three gymnasts up suffered falls, forcing the Huskies to count two falls into their beam score (48.175). The meet marked the lowest bars and beam performances so far this season by the Huskies. Shining for the Huskies against Stanford was junior Tacia LaBatte, tying her career-best vault score (9.900) en route to her first career event title as a Husky. Carly Dockendorf won the floor title with a season-high 9.975. The win marked her third consecutive floor title on the season. Emily Pritchard continued her strong senior campaign, placing fourth all-around with a 39.350 and third on the bars with a 9.900. Sophomore Kelly McDonald tied for third on the vault (9.875) and third on the beam (9.900).
UW at Oregon State (1/23/04): Despite winning or tying for first in all four events, the Husky women suffered their first team loss of the season at Oregon State. Senior Emily Pritchard once again led the Husky effort, winning both the vault and the bars. She scored a 9.850 on vault and a 9.925 on bars. Molly Seaman took top honors on beam for the second week in a row, posting a career-high 9.950 on the event. Carly Dockendorf also extended her winning streak by finishing first on floor exercise for the second week in a row with a 9.925.
UW vs. Cal and Sac. State (1/16/04): The Huskies improved their record to 5-0 by defeating Cal and Sacramento State in a three-way meet at Bank of America Arena. Senior Emily Pritchard led the Huskies, sweeping the vault (9.950), bars (9.950), and all-around (39.600). Junior Carly Dockendorf finished first on the floor exercise with a 9.950, and senior Molly Seaman took top honors on beam with a career-high 9.900.
UW at Cancun Invitational (1/03/04): The Huskies started their 2004 campaign in impressive fashion, defeating Iowa and Oklahoma to win the Cancun Invitational. Washington scored a 196.450 to take first-place honors in the meet that also included Texas Women's University. Husky senior Emily Pritchard led Washington by winning the bars, tying her career-best score of 9.975. She was second in the all-around with a 39.500. Sophomore Kelly McDonald was fourth at 39.225 and placed third on the vault (9.850). Washington's team score was the 12th best in school history and the fourth best recorded at a road meet.
1. UCLA 197.745 2. Georgia 197.405 3. Alabama 197.325 4. Louisiana State 197.060 5. Stanford 197.030 6. Utah 197.020 7. Florida 196.965 8. iowa State 196.795 9. Arizona 196.75010. Oklahoma 196.72511. Nebraska 196.62512. Washington 196.57013. Oregon State 196.48514. Brigham Young 196.45515. North Carolina 196.39516. Iowa 196.39017. Auburn 196.36518. Missouri 196.33019. Michigan 196.28020. Arkansas 196.19021. Arizona State 195.85522. Denver 195.85023. Michigan State 195.70024. Penn State 195.54525. Minnesota 195.395
Rankings based on the Regional Qualifying Score
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