March 9, 2004
Hello GymDawg Fans:
If you were not at Friday night's competition you missed a good one. It was exciting from the get go. It was a four-way competition with 12th-ranked Washington, fourth-ranked Utah, eighth-ranked Iowa and Illinois. If you have not been to a four-way meet it is like a four ring circus, there is always something going on.
We started on vault, Utah bars, Iowa, beam, and Illinois floor. Vault has plagued us all season due to the fact that we do not have six 10.00 vaults. We did have a great moment when Emily Pritchard anchored the event with a perfect 10.00. Our team score on the event was 49.275 which was a very good score for us on vault. We were behind Utah who scored a 49.500 on the bars.
We then went to bars and we did an outstanding job. We had four scores of 9.90 or higher for a team score of 49.625. Then on to the beam. We were a little shaky on beam, as we did have one fall, but we did not have to count that routine. Unfortunately we had some bobbles, and we scored a 49.050 team score. Then on to the floor.
We rocked on floor, we had four scores of 9.925 or higher capped by Tacia LaBatte, and Carly Dockendorf both scoring the events high score of 9.950 for a floor team score of 49.600. We ended up with a season-high team score of 197.550 which was second to Utah's 197.950. Third was Iowa with a 196.900, and fourth was Illinois with a 195.175. Another Husky record was tied Friday night when Emily Pritchard scored a 39.825 and won the all-around tying the record set earlier this season by sophomore Kelly McDonald.
Our final home competition will be Friday March 12th against Boise State, and Seattle Pacific. It will the final showing for our two Seniors Amy Metcalf, and Emily Pritchard. It will also be parent's night with the gymnast's parents marching out with their daughters.
Our final regular season competition will be the PAC-10 Championships at the University of Arizona March 20th.
Next week I will try and explain how we qualify to Regionals, Nationals, and how we are seeded. It is a very convoluted process.
More next week,