UW Gymnastics Team Travels to California for Two Meets
Feb. 6, 2001
Seattle - The Washington women's gymnastics team (4-3) faces its most demanding week of the season when the Huskies travel to California for a pair of four-way meets at California and UCLA. The Huskies will face off against No. 24 California, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Feb. 9 before traveling to Los Angeles to meet the top-ranked Bruins, Arizona and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Feb. 11.
Levesque on This Week's Meet: "These are a pair of very good meets for us and we need to post some solid scores to get back up into the rankings," says Husky coach Bob Levesque. "It will be a good experience for the team to have to compete twice in three days. If you are successful, you are going to face that type of schedule at the end of the season. We have been fortunate that we have had the opportunity to get a lot of the gymnasts competition experience this season. There are some people making some nice progress. I really like how Stacy Wong has come on this season and it was good to see Lanna (Apisukh) win the all-around last week."
The Polls: Despite posting a score of 193.075 at last week's meet at Arizona State, the Huskies slid out of the national coaches polls this week. Junior Stacy Wong remains ranked in the uneven bars. Wong figures 11th in the national polls with a four-meet average score of 9.887.
Against the Field: Washington owns a 28-4 record against California and has defeated the Golden Bears the last 10 times the teams have competed. The Huskies are 9-0 against both UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. Washington stands 1-18 against UCLA and is 10-12 against Arizona. The Huskies have defeated the Wildcats six consecutive times. Washington is 4-4 against Cal State Fullerton.
Last Time Out: Arizona State defeated the 12th-ranked Huskies 195.575 to 193.075 in a dual meet in Tempe on Feb. 2. The Huskies were led by senior Lanna Apisukh, who won the all-around competition with a score of 38.950. Junior Stacy Wong scored a career best with a 9.850 on the vault to take first place honors. Wong also tied Arizona State's Laura Moon for first place on the bars with a score of 9.875. Freshman Molly Seaman finished in third place on the vault, scoring a career best 9.775. Seaman helped the Huskies to their best vault score (48.625) of the season. Seaman also tied her career highs on beam (9.775) and floor (9.775). The meet marked the collegiate debut of Husky freshman Daniela Medlin. She scored a 9.750 on bars for Washington.
Apisukh Racks Up Another Win: Lanna Apisukh's all-around victory at Arizona State marked the eighth time in her career that she has taken top honors in the all-around at a meet. It was the third time this season and the 22nd time in her career she has won an event title. Apisukh holds the distinction of being one of just four Husky gymnasts to score 39.400 or higher in the all-around. She is one of just two Huskies to score at least 9.900 on vault, 9.900 on bars, 9.925 on beam and 9.950 on floor. Tiffany Simpson (1996-2000) is the only other UW gymnast to hold that distinction.
Wong Comes on Strong: The past two years Husky gymnastics coach Bob Levesque has had to wonder "what if" when it came to Stacy Wong's appearance in the lineup. Injuries prevented her from competing as a sophomore and limited her to just five appearances on bars as a freshman. This year, back to full health, Wong has begun to show her potential. Last week at Arizona State she posted her best-ever score of 9.850 on vault. The previous week she set career highs on bars (9.975), beam (9.825), floor (9.875) and in the all-around (39.350) in a meet with Stanford and Seattle Pacific. Wong leads the Huskies this season with four event victories, including three first-place showings on bars in just five meets.
The Freshman Factor: Six members of the Huskies seven-person freshman class have competed in competition this season. Heading up the list of newcomers is Emily Pritchard, who topped the 39.000 mark in the all-around against Stanford and Seattle Pacific on Jan. 28. Pritchard used career highs on bars (9.850), beam (9.825) and floor (9.825) to post a score of 39.075. Molly Seaman is coming off her top meet of the season. She set a career-best score of 9.775 in three events (vault, beam, floor) last week at Arizona State. Kim Claussen has been a regular for the Huskies on bars, Gharde Geldenhuys has performed on bars and floor, Daniela Medlin has appeared on bars while Amy Metcalf has competed on floor. Tanya Powers is the only Husky freshman not to compete this year.
Next Week: The Huskies return home to host Arizona in a dual meet Sunday, Feb. 18 at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Injury Story: Washington will be without junior Allison Bruce during the 2001 season. Bruce suffered a preseason Achilles tendon injury that will force her to miss the entire season.