GymDawgs Head to Arizona
SEATTLE – Washington is back on the road as the GymDawgs head to the desert for week five of the Pac-12 season. The GymDawgs will be in Tucson this week to take on the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, February 20, at 12:00 PM PT. This meet will be streamed live via the free Arizona live stream.
Last year the GymDawgs competed against Arizona in Alaska Airlines Arena, finishing the night with a score of 196.600. It was an historic night for the GymDawgs, with the team earning their fourth-straight conference win against Arizona, and alumna Evanni Roberson earning the first perfect 10 on beam in program history.
This week, Amara Cunningham was honored with the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week following impressive performances against Oregon State and UCLA. Against UCLA, Cunningham put up a score of 9.925 on floor, pushing her ahead of teammate Geneva Thompson on the last routine of the night to win the event title. Cunningham has earned a score of 9.875 or higher on all four of her floor routines during the 2021 season. This is the first time in her career she has won back-to-back event titles and her first weekly award from the Pac-12. Only two other GymDawgs in program history have been Specialist of the Week before: Ashley Houghting and Nikki Waiss, who each earned the award once in 2008. Cunningham became the 11th GymDawg all-time to earn a weekly award from the Pac-12 and the first active GymDawg to do so.
Thompson earned the event title on vault with a score of 9.875, against UCLA, making it her sixth vault title of her career and first of the 2021 season. The last time Thompson won a vault title was on February 15, 2020 against Arizona, earning a career-high 9.925. On floor, Thompson earned a career-high 9.900, the second highest score on that event at the meet, behind only Cunningham.
Talia Brovedani and Katie McNamara had great performances on beam last week. Brovedani set a career high with a 9.850. McNamara also set a career high with a 9.800. The last time a freshman scored a 9.800 on beam was in 2019, by current GymDawg Brenna Brooks.
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