Washington beats 196 for the first time under Llewellyn | Gymnastic
In its second meeting at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion under first-year head coach Jen Llewellyn, Washington’s gymnastics team fed on homegrown energy from the very first event.
UW started strong with a season high score on vault and maintained high quality performances throughout the competition, earning their best score under Llewellyn at 196.200 and their first win of the season against Arizona.
“We’ve been talking about it for a long time, it’s something we talked about constantly during pre-season,” Llewellyn said. “Last year, without having had so many competitions, it just took us a little while to find our rhythm, and we also have a lot of new faces on the court in different routines. Thanks to lots of movie reviews, discussions, and goal setting each week, we really ran four events, and the scores showed.
Fifth-year senior Geneva Thompson and senior Amara Cunningham led the way for UW on vault with tied scores of 9.875 and winning the event. The Huskies posted their best performance of the year on vault with a 49.125, an improvement from their previous best score of 48.925.
“We were trying to focus less on our jumps, trying to minimize deductions,” Llewellyn said. “I think they’ve done a really good job of that. Our range and distance from the table is still spectacular, but I think our jumps have been a little bigger in past encounters, so they’ve done a really good job of trying to eliminate that deduction, and the scores showed there. That set the tone for everything else.
Moving on to uneven bars, senior Brenna Brooks opened the event with a 9.850, trying with Arizona’s Alysen Fears for first place, but the rest of Brooks’ teammates were unable to match her performance. , while UW fell back with a 48.850.
With a season-high team score within reach halfway through the competition, the balance beam settled in to be the deciding event for the Huskies.
Behind 9.850 of redshirt junior transfer Kennedi Davis, second Skylar Killough-Wilhelm and Brooks, UW scored a 49.150. The score was below the best of the season last weekend 49.450but it was enough to allow the Huskies to eclipse 196 for the first time this season.
In the final event of the on-court meet, UW started strong with first-place scores matching 9.875 from freshmen Lara Navarro and Ashley Blum, but were plagued by some execution errors from veterans Cunningham and Thompson . But Davis clocked a 9.850 to cap the game against his former team, which erased the low scores and helped UW finish with a 49.125 on the ground.
“It was a little scary for the initial interaction, but once I saw [my former teammates] they were all friendly faces,” Davis said. “I wanted to show them that I was still doing good and I wanted to see that they were doing good too. It was really very nice.
Davis celebrated with his UW teammates and reunited with his old Wildcat friends, then the teams broke out in a flash mob before the final scores were announced.
Washington’s 196.200 was its highest score since scoring 196.525 against Cal in 2021.
Killough-Wilhelm won the all-around, scoring a 39.250.
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