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GymDawgs Head To Utah

Jan 26, 2021

Meet Notes

SEATTLE - It's back on the road this week for the Washington GymDawgs, who will head to Salt Lake City to take on the #4 Utah Utes on Saturday at 7:00 pm PT. This meet will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

Last year, Washington and Utah met in Seattle with the Pac-12 regular season title on the line. The GymDawgs put up the best beam score and second-best team score in program history, recording a score of 197.600.

The GymDawgs had four gymnasts make their competitive collegiate debuts in week one of the 2021 season: Skylar Killough-Wilhelm, Morgan Bowles, Lauren Thomas, and Katie McNamara all competed for the first time. Talia Brovedani also made her second competitive appearance after missing most of two years with injuries. Only four GymDawgs did not appear on any events in the first meet.

Geneva Thompson and Killough-Wilhelm each competed on all-around for the first time in their collegiate careers. Killough-Wilhelm was the first freshman to compete on all-around since 2014, when Janae Janik and Alexandra Yacalis did. Janik, Hatsune Akaogi (2009), Brittney Brabec (2005), and Kelly McDonald (2003) are the only other GymDawg freshmen to compete on all-around in their first-ever collegiate meets.

Killough-Wilhelm also became the first GymDawg freshman since Brenna Brooks in 2019 to earn multiple scores of 9.800 or higher in the same meet. Hailey Burleson, Joslyn Goings, and Zoey Schaefer, all in 2015, are the only other freshmen in the last seven years to do so.

Only twice in the last five years has Washington had as many as three freshman compete in the same meet, something that also happened against Oregon State last week. That also occured on March 15 and March 23 of 2019.14 of Washington's 22 rotation spots during the Oregon State meet went to a gymnast who had never competed for the GymDawgs on that event before.

Katie McNamara would have also competed on the all-around in her first collegiate meet if not for an injury during warmups resulting in her being taken out of the vault lineup. Since 2000, Washington has never had two freshmen compete on all-around in the same meet and has only once had two freshmen competed on all-around in the same season: Janae Janik and Alexandra Yacalis in 2014.

Thompson continued her impressive vault career with a 9.900 to start the year. Thompson has now earned a score of 9.800 or higher on vault in every routine of her career, a stretch of 23 competitions. Thompson's 9.900 on vault was also the highest score on a season-opening vault routine for the GymDawgs since Kelly McDonald had a 9.925 to start the 2003 season.

Cunningham also started the year strong with a 9.875 on floor. That was the highest floor score to start the year since Allison Northey also recorded a 9.875 in 2016's first meet. The last GymDawg to start the year with a higher floor score was Ashley Houghting, who earned a 9.900 in 2009.

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