Husky Gym Team Rallies for Victory Against Boise State
Jan. 21, 2001
Seattle - After suffering poor routines on uneven bars and balance beam, the 16th-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team pulled off a remarkable comeback to defeat Boise State 191.800 to 190.725 in a dual meet at Bank of America Arena.
The Huskies found themselves trailing the Broncos 144.125 to 143.150 entering the final rotation of the meet. Washington took advantage of several mishaps by Boise State on balance beam, scored a solid 48.650 on floor and took top honors. The Broncos scored 46.600 on beam in their final event. Husky senior Mandi Klug capped the comeback by scoring a career high 9.900 on floor as Washington's final competitor. Klug's effort came after falling twice on beam and recording a score of 8.575.
Klug was one of three Huskies to capture event titles during the meet. She shared the floor title with Boise State's Tiffany Weston. Senior Lanna Apisukh opening the meet for Washington by winning the vault with a score of 9.775. She then tied her career high on bars with a 9.900 performance to finish first in that event. Her chances at a victory in the all-around faded when she slipped during her floor routine.
Freshman Emily Pritchard won the beam competition with a score of 9.775. She was one of just four gymnasts to score above 9.500 on the event. Both teams saw gymnasts fall during the event and were each forced to count a beam score below 9.000.
Boise State's Jessica Berry won the all-around title with a score of 38.925 while Apisukh was second at 38.800.
"I'm surprised that we were able to come back and win," says Husky head coach Bob Levesque. "It was a great effort for the team to forget about bad showings on beam and bars and go out there and hit their best scores when it counted, at the end on floor. We certainly opened the door for them to win the meet with our bars score (47.925), but they did not put us away at the end."
Washington's score was its lowest in a victory since the Huskies defeated Utah State, California and Sacramento State in a four way meet on Jan. 23, 1998 with a score of 191.250.
The victory improved Washington's record to 3-1 while Boise State fell to 1-1. The Huskies will host Stanford and Seattle Pacific on Sunday, Jan. 28 at noon in their next competition.
Collegiate Women's Gymnastics
Team Standings: 1. Washington 191.800, 2. Boise State 190.725
Team Vault Bars Beam Floor Total Washington 48.425 47.925 46.800 48.650 191.800< Boise State 47.900 48.475 46.600 47.750 190.725
Bars: 1. Lanna Apisukh (UW) 9.900, 2. Annie Kaus (BSU) 9.875, 3. Breanne Holmes (BSU) 9.800. Other Huskies: 4. Stacy Wong 9.775, 7. Gharde Geldenhuys 9.675, 8t. Emily Pritchard 9.375, 10. Jessica Schedler 9.200, Kim Claussen 9.175.
Floor: 1t. Mandi Klug (UW) and Tiffany Weston (BSU) 9.900, 3t. Amy Metcalf (UW) and Jessica Berry (BSU) 9.850. Other Huskies: 5. Molly Seaman 9.775, 6. Stacy Wong 9.750, 8. Lanna Apisukh 9.375, 12. Emily Pritchard 8.900.