Balance beam plagues Huskies at Corvallis | Gymnastic


Kennedi Davis performs his balance beam routine during Washington’s game against Arizona Feb. 5 at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW lost to Oregon State on Feb. 13, 197.275-194.450.

The Washington gymnastics team struggled on Sunday at Corvallis. In its second meeting with No. 13 Oregon State, the UW team fell back slightly from its recent form, scoring just 194.450 to OSU’s 197.275.

Led by veterans, the Huskies started strong, posting three consecutive team scores of 49,000 or more on bars, vault and floor. Senior Amara Cunningham produced another impressive performance, scoring 9.875 and 9.825 on vault and floor respectively.

The Huskies also saw significant contributions from freshmen Ashley Blum and Deiah Moody. Blum clocked a team best 9.875 on floor and Moody led the team on bars alongside second Skylar Willough-Kilhelm.

After posting 195,000 or better in its last three meetings, Sunday brought a return to inconsistency for Washington.

Going into the final event on beam, the Huskies were on course to beat 195.000 at the bare minimum, with 49.075 on bars, 49.100 on beam and 49.000 on floor, that was until the fourth and final leg. But with a poor scoring streak, the Huskies couldn’t keep the form positive.

With plenty of season to go, the Huskies have plenty of time to right the ship. Head coach Jen Llewellyn’s first season turned out to be what one would expect from an inaugural season.

Ahead of the metroplex challenge, Washington will need to prepare for a quick turnaround, as it travels to Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 19, to face Oklahoma, Stanford and Denver in another test.

Contact journalist Rajan Hans at [email protected]. Twitter: @RajanHans14

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