GymDawgs Host UCLA
SEATTLE – The Washington GymDawgs continue the Pac-12 season in Seattle this week, hosting the UCLA Bruins on Sunday, February 14th, at 2:00 pm. This meet will air live on the Pac-12 Network.
Last year, Washington defeated UCLA for the fourth time in program history and the first time ever at Pauley Pavilion. The GymDawgs put up a score of 196.700 in that meet, one of five meets in which Washington earned a score of 196.700 or higher. Amara Cunningham, Geneva Thompson, and Allie Smith were all big parts of that meet, with four of their five routines going for scores 9.800 or higher.
Last week in the home opener, the GymDawgs had two gymnasts compete on all-around in Thompson and Katie McNamara. McNamara earned a score of 38.300 in her second straight week of competing on all-around. The GymDawgs have had three different gymnasts compete on all-around this season already. Last year, the GymDawgs had three gymnasts compete on all-around the entire season.
Thompson earned the event titles in all-around and bars last week against Oregon State. She earned a score of 39.100 in all-around and a score of 9.900 on bars. The two event titles are Thompson's first career event titles on all-around and bars. It is also the first time in her career that she won two events in the same meet. The last time she won an event title was in 2020, she won the vault title with a career-best of 9.925 against Arizona.
Cunningham continued her strong season, earning the event title on floor with a score of 9.900, the second floor title of her career. Her first floor title was against Bosie State on January 20, 2020. On vault, Cunningham had a 9.825, the highest score on that event for the GymDawgs last week. It was the fifth time in the last two years that Cunningham has recorded scores over 9.900 or better on floor.
Isa Weiss and Cathy Eksteen made their collegiate debuts last week, becoming the sixth and seventh GymDawgs to compete in their first collegiate competition. Weiss competed on vault for Washington, while Eksteen competed on beam.
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