Best balance beam performance of the season highlights Washington’s third meeting of the season | Gymnastic

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Morgan Bowles prepares for her balance beam routine during Washington’s game against Cal on Jan. 22 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies scored 195.100 in their third meeting of the season against Arizona State on Jan. 28.



With another encounter highlighted by individual brilliance, Washington’s gymnastics team remains plagued with inconsistency as a poor team performance on the floor exercise robbed Washington of a chance at both to beat Arizona State and break the 196,000 mark on Friday, in an eventual performance of 195,100.

The Huskies started strong, outscoring the Sun Devils on both vault and uneven bars, and looked set for a terrific performance and their first conference win of the season.

UW posted a 48.875 on bars, led by the relentless brilliance of second Skylar Killough-Wilhelm, whose 9.925 led the team.

Performances continued to impress well into the second event of the night, as the Huskies out-vaulted the Sun Devils. Seniors Geneva Thompson and Amara Cunningham led Washington at 48.900, with 9.850 and 9.800 respectively.

Prior to Friday’s game, the floor had been a sticking point for the Huskies. In their final game against California, they posted a solid 49.125, their best score of the day, but against Oregon State, the team could only manage a 47.625.

Washington found itself regressing from its previous encounter, once again poorly executed on the court, as the team posted a 47.875, the worst score of the encounter in any event. Despite the overall score, Cunningham shined with her routine, posting a team best 9.850.

With their chances of breaking that ever-valuable mark of 196,000, the Huskies managed to bounce back in their final event of the beam competition. The team managed to get their best score of the season on beam, with a 49.450.

Killough-Wilhelm, rookie Lana Navarro and redshirt junior Kennedi Davis all scored 9.900 or better, with Killough-Wilhelm scoring the best 9.925.

Killough-Wilhelm continues to impress for the Huskies. In all three competitions this season, she remains the team’s only all-around performer and placed second overall on Friday.

Not the only bright spot for the Huskies, the team-leading performances of Cunningham and Thompson in their trials will be a source of confidence for the team going forward.

With an event proving the difference in an otherwise stellar outing for UW, head coach Jen Llewellyn will expect improvement from a team reeling from three hard-fought losses this season, with the ultimate goal being to improve individual and team scores.

Washington returns to Seattle on Saturday, February 5, when they host Arizona at 3:30 p.m. at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

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

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