Washington Gymnasts Host No. 19 Oregon State
Feb. 20, 2001
This Week: The Washington women's gymnastics team (8-5) faces 19th-ranked Oregon State (2-6) on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. It is the second of three straight home meets for Washington. The Huskies will host a three-way meet with Utah and Western Michigan on March 4.
TV Exposure: Sunday's meet will be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net Northwest. Bob Akamian and Judy Corwin will call the action. The meet will air Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. PT on Fox Sports Net Northwest.
Levesque on the Huskies: "We had a very nice showing last week and eliminated some mistakes that helped us to get our team score up," Levesque says. "This is a very crucial stretch for us and we need to keep our momentum up going into this week's meet with Oregon State. They are a bit surprising, because they are just 2-6 in meets, but they have posted some very good scores that have them ranked in the top 20. I have been very happy with the team since the California meet. We have yet to have a meet this year where we really hit everything across the board. We want to have consistent routines this week and see if we can achieve that."
The Polls: The Huskies remain unranked in the team standings this week. Junior Stacy Wong remains ranked in the uneven bars. Wong figures 10th in the national polls with a seven-meet average score of 9.882.
Against the Beavers: Oregon State leads the series 37-9 according to the Husky record book. This will be the first of at least three meetings between the teams this season. Washington will compete in Oregon State's Shanico Inn-vitational on March 17 and then the two teams will compete at the Pac-10 Championships the following week. Oregon State owns a three-meet win streak in the series, outscoring Washington all three times they faced off last season. The Beavers won a dual meet in Corvallis (192.100-191.650), finished second to Washington's third-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships (196.575 to 195.900) and claimed a second-place finish at the NCAA Regionals (196.175) where the Huskies placed fourth (195.250).
Last Time Out: Washington compiled its second best score of the season to edge Arizona 195.575 to 195.500 in a dual meet at Bank of America Arena. Trailing 146.775 to 146.350 after three rotations, the Huskies scored 49.225 on floor exercise to win the meet. Arizona recorded a score of 48.725 on balance beam, the Wildcats' final event. Washington was led on floor by a pair of career high scores from junior Stacy Wong and senior Lanna Apisukh. Wong, competing fourth in the rotation, scored 9.900 and Apisukh followed that up with a score of 9.975. Apisukh won the floor exercise competition outright and tied Arizona's Randi Liljenquist for all-around honors with a score of 39.275. Liljenquist finished first on beam with a score of 9.900. Wong got Washington's only other victory during the meet with a first-place showing on bars with a score of 9.925. The Huskies swept that event with a second-place showing by freshman Emily Pritchard (9.8750 and third place by Apisukh (9.800).
Huskies Battling for Regional Position: The Washington gymnastics teams seems to have hit its stride the past two weeks, posting scores of 194.675 at UCLA and 195.575 in a home meet last week with Arizona. The Huskies will need to keep those scores up as they battle for a spot at a NCAA Regional, a competition they qualified for every season since the event was first held in 1982. Washington's current average score of 193.739 finds the Huskies in sixth place in the regional rankings. Cal-State Fullerton is just ahead of Washington in fifth position with an average score of 193.756. Boise State is currently in seventh place at 193.212.
Apisukh Hits the Mark: Washington senior Lanna Apisukh had her best meet of the season in last week's victory against Arizona. Apisukh tied the Wildcats' Randi Liljenquist for top honors in the all-around with a season-high score of 39.275. She won floor exercise with a career high score of 9.975, which ties as the fourth best score in UW history, trailing only Tiffany Simpson's three 10.000 scores from 1997-2000. Apisukh scored 9.850 on beam to equal her season high in that event.
Apisukh Racks Up More Wins: Lanna Apisukh's all-around victory last week against Arizona marked the ninth time in her career that she has taken top honors in the all-around at a meet. Her all-around victory, combined with her first-place showing on floor exercise, marked her fourth and fifth event victories this season. She has now racked up 24 event wins during her Husky career. 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. On Feb. 2 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 is tied with Lanna Apisukh as the Husky leader in event victories this season with five. She has won the bars competition in four of her last six meets.
The Freshman Factor: All seven members of Washington's talented 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 and set her career high last week against Arizona with a score of 39.175. Pritchard had career highs last week on beam (9.850) and floor (9.825). She recorded her first 9.9 score of the season on bars at the UCLA Invitational. Molly Seaman is coming off a great stretch of scores. She set a career-best score of 9.775 in three events (vault, beam, and floor) at Arizona State and improved her floor score to 9.900 at California. Last week she improved her personal best on beam to 9.800. 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 has competed on beam the last three weeks and made her debut on vault last week against Arizona.
Next Week: The Huskies play host to Utah on March 4 at 2 p.m. in 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.