GymDawgs Head To Pac-12 Championships
SEATTLE - The Washington GymDawgs head to West Valley City, Utah, to compete in the Pac-12 Championships this week. Washington will be competing in the afternoon session with Oregon State, University of Arizona, and Stanford, with that session beginning at 11:00 am PT on the Pac-12 Network.
The last time the GymDawgs competed in the Pac-12 Championships was during the 2019 season after last year's season was cut short before Pac-12s. The team took second in their session, with a score of 196.175.
The GymDawgs are htting their stride at the right time with two strong meets last week. Washington set season highs on all four events, earning a season-high score of 196.575 in the first of two meets against #6 Cal. Eight different gymnasts set career highs across the two meets last week, both against Cal. Amara Cunningham, Skylar Killough-Wilhelm, Gabi Wickman, Morgan Bowles, Lauren Thomas, Katie McNamara, Allie Smith, and Isa Weiss combined for 14 new career highs in the past week.
Amara Cunningham set a new career-high on floor, earning a score of 9.950 and winning her fifth event title of the season in the first meet against #6 Cal. During the second meet, she matched her career-high earning another 9.950. Cunningham has earned a 9.800 or above in 18 of the last 19 meets, stretching back to the 2019-20 season.
Skylar Killough-Wilhelm set five new career highs in the past two meets against Cal. She set a new career high on vault with a score of 9.875. She matched her career-high on bars for the third meet in a row with a score of 9.850. She set a new career high on beam with a score of 9.875 and set a new career high on floor with a score of 9.900. Killough-Wilhelm went back into the lineup on floor during the tri-meet on March 7, and has scored a 9.800 or above in the past three meets. Killough-Wilhelm also set a new career-high in all-around earning a score of 39.450.
The GymDawgs have been solid on beam this past week and set a season high score earning a 49.175 on Wednesday. Katie McNamara and Lauren Thomas set a new career-high with a score of 9.900, tying for the event title.This title marks McNamara's third event title of the season. She is the first GymDawg freshman with multiple event titles on three or more events since Alison Northey in 2013.
Allie Smith won the event title on vault and set a new career best with a score of 9.925, leading the GymDawgs to a new season-high team score of 49.275 on Sunday. She also set a career high for the third straight week with a 9.850 on floor against Cal.
Geneva Thompson earned back-to-back scores of 9.875 on vault and back-to-back scores of 9.900 on floor. Thompson has had at least one score of 9.800 or higher in 18 consecutive meets. She last missed that mark in the season opener of 2020, recording a 9.750 on her only event, bars. The last GymDawg to have a longer streak was Madison Copiak, who managed 40 consecutive meets with a score of 9.800 or higher on one event.
Six different freshmen have competed this season for the GymDawgs, with Taylor Russon making her collegiate competitive debut, competing in the sixth spot on the lineup for the GymDawgs. That is the most since 2015, when the GymDawgs also had five freshmen compete. Washington last had more in 2006, when six freshmen competed.
Eight different GymDawgs have already made their collegiate debuts this year: Morgan Bowles, Isa Weiss, Katie McNamara, Skylar Killough-Wilhelm, Cathy Eksteen, Gabi Wickman, Lauren Thomas, and Taylor Russon.
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