Husky Gymnasts Wrap Up Regular Season at Oregon State
March 14, 2001
This Week: The 21st-ranked Washington women's gymnastics team (10-6-1) wraps up the regular season portion of its schedule when it travels to Corvallis, Ore., to participate in Oregon State's Shanico Inn-vitational on Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseium. Joining the Huskies and 15th-ranked Beavers will be Cal State-Fullerton and Seattle Pacific. Saturday's meet will be televised by Fox Sports Net Northwest on Tuesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Bob Akamian and Judy Corwin will call the action.
Rematches: Saturday's quad meet will mark the second time this season the Huskies have faced each team in the field. Washington outscored Seattle Pacific 195.925 to 191.875 in a three-way meet won by Stanford (196.050) on Jan. 28 in Seattle. The Huskies (194.675) placed above CS-Fullerton (194.575) at the UCLA Invitational on Feb. 11. In their dual meet in Seattle, Washington defeated Oregon State 196.875 to 196.325. The Huskies set school records on bars (49.500) and for overall score against the Beavers.
Working on the RQS: When the Huskies travel to Oregon State this week, they hope to improve on their current Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), which is an average of the team's top three home and road scores during the season. Currently the Huskies' RQS is 195.235, which ranks them 21st nationally and fourth in the west region. The Huskies saw a considerable jump in their RQS after scoring 195.750 last week at Boise State. Washington entered that meet with an RQS of 194.670. A solid score Saturday could boost Washington into the top 18 in the national rankings. The Huskies current RQS includes a road score of 193.075 from a meet at Arizona State. If the team's recent performance is an indicator, Washington should be able to replace that score. Washington's average score in its last four meets has been 196.231.
The Wild, Wild West: Here's a look at the race for NCAA regional bids among the west region's top 10 schools:
Team RQS 1 UCLA 197.465 2 Stanford 196.825 3 Oregon State 195.705 4 Washington 195.235 5 California 195.130 6 Cal State-Fullerton 194.600 7 Boise State 194.470 8 San Jose State 193.495 9 Cal State-Sacramento 192.965 10 Seattle Pacific 191.985 11 UC Davis 190.580
Meet Breakdown: Washington has a 10-37 record against Oregon State, but have never defeated the Beavers in Corvallis. The Huskies stand 48-2 against Seattle Pacific and 5-4 against Cal State Fullerton.
Levesque on the Huskies: "We need another strong performance to get to where we want to be going into the Pac-10s next week. The team has really stepped up over the past month and last week was another example of that. Emily Pritchard, who has been having an outstanding freshman season, got sick before the meet and was limited to just bars. All she did was throw her best score of the year. We had to count a couple of falls on bars, but otherwise we had very clean routines. Some people stepped up to fill in for Emily and that was very encouraging. Molly Seaman has been very consistent the past month and that has been a big boost to our scoring. It is always tough at Oregon State, and this being their seniors' final home meet, we have our hands full."
The Polls: Washington enjoys its best overall week in the GymInfo ranks this week. The Huskies are ranked 21st with an RQS of 195.235. The Huskies are ranked 23rd on floor (49.095) and beam (48.725) and figure 17th (48.860) in the vault rankings. Husky junior Stacy Wong is ranked 12th on bars with an RQS of 9.910 while Lanna Apisukh is 22nd on floor at 9.900.
Last Time Out: Boise State defeated the 24th-ranked Huskies 196.775 to 195.750 in a dual meet in Boise last Saturday. Despite the loss, the Huskies score replaced a lower score from earlier in the season and improve the team's regional qualifying score. The Huskies were led by Stacy Wong and Lanna Apisukh, who tied for first place in the vault competition with a score of 9.875, and freshman Emily Pritchard, who placed first on bars with a 9.925. Lanna Apisukh was second in the all-around with a score of 39.375. The Huskies saw their chances for a victory in the meet disappear when they had to count a pair of falls on bars. Washington scored just 47.925 on the event. The Huskies were solid on their other three events. Washington scored 49.250 on vault, a season-high 49.375 on beam and 49.200 on floor.
Klug Joins Elite Company: When Husky senior Mandi Klug scored a 10.000 on floor exercise against Utah and Western Michigan on March 4, she became just the fourth Husky gymnast to ever record a perfect routine. Stacy Connolly was the first UW competitor to post a 10.000 when she did it during the 1993 season on uneven bars. Klara Kudilkova did it next with a perfect score on vault in 1996 at the Pac-10 Championships at Oregon State. Tiffany Simpson recorded three 10 scores on floor exercise during her career. Like Klug, her last came during her final home meet as a senior.
Wong's First All-Around Win is Memorable: Washington's dual meet with Oregon State was just the sixth time junior Stacy Wong has competed in the all-around. She had the meet of her life, posting career high scores of 9.950 on vault, 9.900 on beam and 9.900 on floor and a 9.950 on bars to set Washington's school record in the all-around with a mark of 39.700. Jamie Stauffer had set the old record of 39.675 in 1997. The meet marked only the third time that Wong had topped the 39-point mark in her career. Wong is nationally ranked in the bars, but it was her superb vault score that helped her set the school record. Wong's vault score of 9.950 was .100 better than her previous best vault, a 9.850 she turned in at Arizona State earlier this season. In addition to winning the all-around competition at the meet, Wong also took home first-place honors on vault, bars and beam. She currently leads the Huskies with 12 event victories this year. She has won the bars competition five times this season.
Wong ... The Sequel: While she didn't top her career-record performance in the all-around she set against Oregon State, Stacy Wong won her second straight all-around competition against Utah and Western Michigan. Wong's score of 39.650 was just .050 from tying her school-record total from the previous week. Wong reset her career high on vault with a mark of 9.975, tied for the second best in school history, and she equaled her career best on beam (9.900) and floor (9.900). Surprisingly, it was her bars' score (9.875), her strongest event, that probably kept her for resetting the school record in the all-around. Wong's vault score against Utah also allowed her to win that event.
Apisukh Racks Up More Wins: Lanna Apisukh's vault victory last week at Boise State marked the seventh event victory she has posted this season. She has now racked up 26 event wins during her Husky career. Apisukh holds the distinction of being one of just five 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.
Pritchard Busts Loose: Washington freshman Emily Pritchard is having one of the best first seasons in the Husky program's history. Against Utah and Western Michigan, Pritchard set her career high in the all-around with a score of 39.350. She set or tied career marks in vault (9.950), bars (9.900) and beam (9.850) during that meet. That marked the fourth time in five meets this season she has eclipsed the 39.000 mark while competing in the all-around. Last week she rewrote her personal best on bars with a score of 9.925, despite almost missing the meet due to illness. Here is where Pritchard stacks up against the other top freshmen all-arounders who have competed at Washington in recent years:
Name(Year) Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around Emily Pritchard (2001) 9.950 9.925 9.850 9.825 39.350 Tiffany Simpson (1996) 9.900 9.900 9.875 9.875 39.325 Lauren Riesenman (1997) 9.750 9.800 9.875 9.900 39.100 Jamie Stauffer (1995) 9.900 9.825 9.725 9.750 38.800 Klara Kudilkova (1995) 9.750 9.650 9.725 9.775 38.525 Stacy Connolly (1993) 9.250 10.000 9.850 9.850 37.850The Freshman Factor: Washington's seven-member freshman class have been significant contributors towards the Huskies success this season. All seven have competed in meets this year and three have posted scores of 9.900 or better in competition. Emily Pritchard, who has topped the 39.000 mark in the all-around four times this season, heads up the class. She has posted scores of 9.900 or better on vault (9.950), and bars (9.925). Molly Seaman, who competes on vault, beam and floor, has turned in a pair of 9.900 performances on floor and a 9.900 on beam. Kim Claussen, a bars specialist, has one 9.900 on the event. Pritchard is the only member of the class to record an event victory this year. She took top honors on beam in the first home dual meet of the season.
Next Week: Washington plays host to the Pac-10 Championships at Bank of America Arena on Saturday, March 24. The meet, featuring seven squads from the Pac-10, gets underway at 6 p.m.
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.