Washington Gymnasts Who Competed in College - Women of the 1970's

Wendy Allen

Seattle Pacific University 1979-1980
High School - Shoreline

Becky Kramer

Brigham Young University 1979
Club - Academy of Olympic Gymnastics
Hometown - Bellevue

Melissa Harris

Seattle Pacific University 1978-1981
Club - Puget Sound School of Gymnastics

Jan Ahten

University of Washington 1978-1980
Club - Seattle YMCA

George Lewis Gymnast from 1969 - 1978; 1974 - 8th place USGF Jr Nationals, Hayward CA; 1974 - Gold Medalist AAU Jr Olympics Lincoln Neb; 1975 14th USGF Elite Nationals; 1975 USA National Team Member; 1975 1st place AA CanAm Invitational Eugene OR; 1975 - 13th place PanAm games final trials Miami FL; 1976 Olympics Trials; 1978-80 University of Washington.

Marilyn George

Seattle Pacific University 1978
High School - Lincoln

Janice George

Seattle Pacific University 1977-1980
High School - Lincoln

Lori Jergenson

Seattle Pacific University 1978

Linda Thomson

Seattle Pacific University 1977

June Mitton

Seattle Pacific University 1976-1979

Jan Luickman

Seattle Pacific University 1976-1978


Cathy Sutherland
Cathy Sutherland

Cathy Sutherland

University of Washington 1975-1979

Coach for over 38 years, compulsory to International Elite levels.
Coached USAG Level 10 National AA Champion Onnie Willis, future NCAA AA champion at UCLA.
Coached Kristina Baskett, International Elite and University of Utah standout.
Coached Heidi Prosser who was a two time Level 10 National Champion.
Also coached Emily Pritchard, Level 10 and National Elite and UW gymnast who has a bar move named in her honor. 1973- started gymnastics at age 15. Joined the newly formed Academy of Olympic Gymnastics and was their first State Balance Beam champion.
Began coaching the pre- team and class II gymnasts.
1975 - Full ride scholarship to the University of Washington. Qualified to Nationals each year
1980 - Accepted to L'Ecole Carre school of circus and theatre in Paris, France.
1984 - Joined Danceworks Northwest and the Pat Graney Dance co.
1987 - Began coaching at Puget Sound School of Gymnastics - Compulsory through Elite.
1999 - Recipient of the Dale Flansaas Award for Artistic styling on Beam and Floor Exercise.
2014 USA Gymnastics WA Hall of Fame.


Nancy Rutherford

Seattle Pacific University 1975-1977

Jill Johnson

Seattle Pacific University 1975-1976
Club - Seattle YMCA 


Debbie Halle Jackson
Debbie Halle Jackson

Debbi Halle Jackson

Seattle Pacific University 1974-1977
Club - Seattle YMCA

"Y" gymnast for George Lewis; 1971-1977 Elite level.
1971 Junior Olympic National All-Around Champ
1972 USA Olympic Trials Top 20
1972 and 1974 YMCA National All-Around Champion; On the team that won YMCA Nationals.
1974 SPU's first National Gymnastics Champ on Uneven Bars, 2nd All-Around - with Laurel Anderson Tindall and Jenny Fooshee, they finished 4th as a team - this was the first year that SPU had a gymnastics team. 1976 USA Olympic Trial Top 20.
1974-77 four year All-American at SPU. Three time Washington State Open All-Around Champion. 2004 first SPU gymnast inducted into SPU's Falcon Legends Hall of Fame. 2009 USAGWA Hall of Fame.


Linda Zipp

Seattle Pacific University 1974


Laurel Tindall
Laurel Tindall

Laurel Anderson Tindall

University of Washington 1972-1973, Seattle Pacific University 1974-1975
Club - Seattle YMCA, Gymnastics Incorporated

Student of George Lewis, Elite gymnast from 1969-1975.
1971 Pan Am Games trials.
1972 Final Olympic Trials.
1973 World Championship team trials.
1974 AAU National Team.
UW gymnast 1972-1973. SPU gymnast 1974 -1975.
AIAW National Vault champ 1973 and 1975.
10-time All-American.
Seattle Pacific University coach from 1975 to present. SPU won 3 National Division II titles, 1986, 1992, and 1997. 15 national champions and 121 All-American athletes. 20 straight seasons of top 4 National finishes in team competition.
Four time Collegiate Coach of the Year.
Falcon Gymnastics Club Director and Head Coach from 1981 to present.
1972-1981 Gymnastics Inc. club coach. Coached at Jerry Penney's Christmas Camps in the 1970's.
USGF WA State Chairman from 1976-1983.
USGF/USAG Region 2 Chairman 1983-1995.
1996 to 2014 Washington State Board.
Brevet level Woman's judge having judged several USGF/USAG Regional and National meets. Inducted into 2004 USA Gymnastics WA Hall of Fame.
Inducted into the Seattle Pacific University Hall of Fame 2005.
Co-coach of the year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, 2005.


Priscilla Taylor Hickey
Priscilla Taylor Hickey
UW Team 1972: Laurie Black, Carol Elsner, Laurel Anderson, Joyce Tanac, Priscilla Taylor
UW Team 1972: Laurie Black, Carol Elsner, Laurel Anderson, Joyce Tanac, Priscilla Taylor
UW Team 1972: Carol, Priscilla, Joyce, Janet Michellene, Clare Apana
UW Team 1972: Carol, Priscilla, Joyce, Janet Michellene, Clare Apana

Priscilla Taylor Hickey

University of Washington 1971-1972
Club - Seattle YMCA
Hometown - Seattle

1966-1969 Bellevue High School, Bellevue, WA – 3 Varsity Letters
1971 Regional Championships @ Univ. of Oregon – 3rd place team – AA (10th place).
1971 National Championships @ Penn State – AA competitor.
1972 Regional Championships @ Oregon State – 1st place team, AA (12th place).
1972 National Championships @ Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa – 7th place team.
1972 Teammates: Laurel Anderson (Tindall) and Joyce Tanac (Schroeder)

Brevet Judge: NAWGJ: Member Since 1977.
Washington State SJD: 1994-1995; Washington State Governing Board 1994-2000; Connecticut Governing Board: 2004-2007
Region 2 Washington State Judge 1973 – 2000; Region 6 Connecticut State Judge 2000 – 2007; Region 3 Colorado State Judge 2007- 2009
Wash. State HS Assignor 1974-80; WA State HS Technical Chair 1977-84; Wash. State Test Administrator 1977-95
Publisher: “Hickey Notes” 1980 – 2009; Wash. State HS Rules 1999-2009
USAG Judge: 1973-2009; Elite/Brevet Judge: 1980-2009; JO Nationals Judge: Region 2: ‘89, ‘93, ‘96, ‘98, ’99; Region 6: ’05, ’07
NCAA Assigner: 2005-2007; NCAA Judge: 1976-2009; Division I Nationals: 1990-92, ’94-00, ’03-06; Division II Nationals: 1996 -97 ’03-04; Jr. College Nationals: 1981; Collegiate Regionals: 1983-2009
Volunteer: 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN: 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, WA; ’91 World Championships in Indianapolis, IN ; ’95 American Cup in Seattle, WA; ’96 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA
Coaching: 1973-77 Gymnastics Inc. Board Member at SPU, WA; 1973-77 Canyon Park Jr. High, Bothell WA; 1977-79 Tumwater Jr. High, Olympia WA; 1998-2000 Bellevue High School, Bellevue WA; 2000 Washington State Coach of the Year - WIAA
2009 USA Gymnastics WA Hall of Fame


UW 1971 Laurie Black, Priscilla Taylor Hickey, Pepper Mensing
UW Team 1971: Laurie Black, Priscilla Taylor, Pepper Mensing

Carol Elsner

University of Washington 1972
Club - Seattle YMCA

Clare Apana

University of Washington 1972

Janet Michellene

University of Washington 1972

Laurie Black

University of Washington 1971-1972

Annette Barton

University of Washington 1970's