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GymDawgs Improve Scores In Meet With California

Jan 23, 2022

SEATTLE, Wash.—The Washington Gymnastics team scored a 195.450 in their home-opening meet against California. The GymDawgs improved a full 1.45 points since their pervious meet against Oregon State and San Jose State.
"It was a huge step in the right direction from last week," said Head Coach Jen Llewellyn. "I am so proud of their efforts out on the competition floor. It was so nice to welcome back so many fans. Our athletes really settled in to having a crowd again and it felt good to be home."
California scored a 196.675 to edge out the GymDawgs in the overall meet. However, senior, Amara Cunningham won the floor event, posting a score of 9.925. Cunningham also scored a 9.850 on vault to put her in a four-way tie for first. 
A 9.900 from sophomore, Skylar Killough-Wilhelm on beam crowed her winner of that event. 
"Skylar is the same in the gym every single day," said Llewellyn. "I am excited to see her consistently perform at this level. This year, she has really honed-in on her mental game. She is really focused on what she needs to do to be the same athlete no matter the arena she is in, or who she is going against. It is beautiful to watch her perform."
The GymDawgs were excited to welcome back fans to Alaska Airlines Arena for their home debut. With major improvement in just a week, the Washington Gymnastics team has a bright season ahead and the potential to prove themselves in a competitive Pac-12 Conference. 
"They are super hungry to get back into the gym because it felt good to see those results," said Llewellyn. "We tell them to focus on their goals and their scores will take care of themselves."
Next week, the GymDawgs will go against Arizona State, in Tempe, Arizona. The meet will start at 6 p.m. PST. 
"Going into ASU, they are a great team," said Llewellyn. "It is going to be a battle every week in the Pac-12, so we just need to focus on ourselves and how we can improve each week. It is all about looking at how we performed previously and how can we work to improve to be one-tenth better or one thing better on each event. Everyone can work on something that they can contribute both individually and collectively."

  • Cunningham earned a score of 9.850
  • Lana Navarro scored a 9.800
  • Killough-Wilhem earned a 9.900
  • Geneva Thompsonwith a score of 9.875
  • Killough-Wilhelm earned a score of 9.900
  • Kennedi Davis with a score of 9.825
  • Cunningham with a 9.925
  • Navarro posted a 9.875
  • Ashley Blum scored a 9.875
  • Killough-Wilhelm with a 9.850

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