Four GymDawgs Qualify For NCAA Regionals
SEATTLE - Five different Washington GymDawgs qualified for NCAA Regionals as individuals today. Amara Cunningham, Geneva Thompson, Allie Smith, and Skylar Killough-Wilhelm will all be headed to the Salt Lake City Regional on April 2 at 6:00 pm PT. Killough-Wilhelm will compete on all-around, Cunningham will compete on vault and floor, and Thompson and Smith will compete on vault.
Cunningham has been excellent all year long on vault and floor. The junior is ranked 21st in the country on floor and fourth in the Pac-12 with an NQS score of 9.931. She has not had a single score under 9.850 on floor all year long, with six scores of 9.900 or better. That includes four straight scores of 9.900 or better to end the regular season. This year, Cunningham earned five floor event titles. On vault, Cunningham was just as good, matching her career high with a 9.875 and finishing the season with three straight scores of 9.800 or higher. Cunningham's average vault score of 9.807 was second only to Thompson's on the GymDawgs.
Thompson will compete on vault and bars at NCAA Regionals, the fourth straight year Thompson has been a part of Regionals competition. She led the GymDawgs in average vault (9.823) score, finishing 12th in the Pac-12 on both events in NQS. She won four event titles this year, including two on vault. Thompson started 2021 with a 9.900 on vault, then followed that up with seven vaults scores of 9.800 or higher. On bars, Thompson earned scores of 9.850 or higher seven times, including in each of the last three meets of the year. She matched her career high with a score of 9.900 early in the year, one of her five scores of 9.875 or higher.
Smith rebounded from injury in 2020 for an excellent 2021 campaign. She improved as the season went on, with three of her last four routines earning scores over 9.800. That included back-to-back scores of 9.925 and 9.900 on vault to end the regular season, with the 9.925 score a new career high. Smith had an NQS score of 9.863 on vault, good for 17th in the Pac-12 and behind only Thompson among GymDawgs in vault NQS.
Killough-Wilhelm became the fifth GymDawg ever to compete in the all-around as a freshman in the season opener in what would be a year of records for the Iowan. Killough-Wilhelm was the first freshman to compete on all-around since 2014 for the GymDawgs and, against Arizona, became the first GymDawg freshman since 2012 to earn multiple event titles in one meet. Five times Killough-Wilhelm earned scores of 9.850 on bars, the highest bars score by a freshman since 2013. She was tenth in the Pac-12 in all-around NQS at 39.244, earning all-around scores over 39.000 four times.
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