March 4, 2001
Seattle - Entering Sunday's event, the 23rd-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team had never beaten Utah in 27 previous meetings. Thanks to a senior Mandi Klug's perfect score on floor exercise, the Huskies managed to tie the third-ranked Utes with matching scores of 196.725. Western Michigan finished third in the meet with a score of 194.075. Washington's record now stands at 10-5-1, while Utah is 8-1-1.
The Huskies trailed Utah 147.625 to 147.225 entering the meet's final rotation. Washington got floor scores of 9.850 from Molly Seaman, a 9.875 from Amy Metcalf, a 9.900 from Stacy Wong and a 9.875 from Lanna Apisukh before Klug performed. Her 10 was only the sixth in Washington history and helped the Huskies to set a team record on floor exercise with a score of 49.500. Washington opened the meet with a school record score of 49.400 on vault. Utah, in its final rotation, scored 49.100 on vault.
"Utah had already finished on vault and we knew that Mandi would need a 10 to get us the tie," said Husky coach Bob Levesque. "She had been very, very close to a perfect routine the past few weeks, so I knew she was capable of getting that type of score."
Klug joins former Husky Tiffany Simpson as the only Washington gymnast to record a 10 on floor exercise. Simpson turned in three 10 scores during her career from 1996 to 2000.
Klug was one of two Huskies to win events for Washington. Junior Stacy Wong set a career high on vault with a score of 9.975 to grab top honors in that event. Wong also won the all-around competition for the second straight week with a score of 39.650, just .05 off of her school-record score she had against Oregon State. Utah's Theresa Kulikowski won the bars with a score of 9.925 while the Utes Shannon Bowles took home first place on beam with a score of 9.950.
"I've never been involved in a tie before," Levesque says. "On one hand you think about things like counting a fall on bars, that could have made a difference towards a victory. But, Utah could say the same thing. They had to count a fall and had two gymnasts step out on floor. As young as our team is, this is a great day for us. I'm especially happy for Mandi, to score a 10 in her final home meet."
A week after setting 16 career best marks in an upset of 19th-ranked Oregon State, Washington saw 12 personal best marks set or tied in Sunday's meet. The Huskies' next meet is at Boise State on March 10.
Team Results Vault Bars Beam Floor Total Washington 49.400 48.625 49.200 49.500 196.725 Utah 49.100 49.400 49.375 48.850 196.725 Western Michigan 47.875 48.700 48.625 48.875 194.075All-Around: 1. Stacy Wong (UW) 39.650, 2. Deidra Graham (U) 39.450, 3. Shannon Bowles (U) 39.425, 4. Emily Pritchard (UW) 39.350, 5. Theresa Wolf (U) 38.975.
Vault: 1. Stacy Wong (UW) 9.975, 2. Emily Pritchard (UW) 9.950, 3t. Tanya Powers (UW) and Kylee Wagner (U) 9.875. Other Husky Scores: 6. Molly Seaman 9.825, 9t. Mandi Klug 9.775, 12. Jessica Schedler 9.725.
Bars: 1. Theresa Kulikowski (U) 9.925, 2. Emily Pritchard (UW) 9.900, 3t. Stacy Wong (UW), Shannon Bowles (U), Deidra Graham (U) and Veronique Leclerc (U) 9.875. Other Husky Scores: 7t. Lanna Apisukh 9.800, 11t. Kim Claussen 9.800, 16. Daniela Medlin 9.200, 18. Jessica Schedler 8.800.
Beam: 1. Shannon Bowles (U) 9.950, 2. Theresa Kulikowski (U) 9.925, 3t. Mandi Klug (UW), Stacy Wong (UW) and Sara Trudeau (WMU) 9.900. Other Husky Scores: 6t. Molly Seaman 9.875, 8t. Emily Pritchard 9.850, 15. Tanya Powers 9.675, 17. Lanna Apisukh 9.150.