In a meet the Washington gymnastics team announced just two days in advance against BYU and Illinois State on Friday, the team struggled to break the 196 mark again. , en route to a performance of 195,800. Washington lost to BYU, but managed to salvage something with a win over Illinois State.
The main struggle for the Huskies came on the uneven bar this time around. With two scores below 9.200, it became more and more unlikely for them to get back to the 196 mark.
Despite the somewhat disappointing performance, the score is an improvement from Washington’s last meeting, in which they fell to UCLA by a meager 194.300, so room for optimism remains.
One aspect of the team’s struggles may have been the incredibly short notice they entered the encounter. With the announcement of the meeting not occurring until Wednesday, March 2, the Huskies had only one day to travel to Provo, Utah, and prepare. While organizing their own meeting in Seattle on Sunday March 6, for which they inevitably have to fly, which makes two meetings, plus a trip, in three days.
The Huskies, however, maintained positive results on the beam, with no gymnast scoring lower than 9.775, they were able to achieve a grand score of 49.175, their highest score of the night. Sophomore Skylar Killough-Wilhelm and redshirt junior Kennedi Davis tied for the highest score of the competition on balance beam at 9.875.
Junior Isa Weiss scored a career-high 9.875 in her floor routine.
Killough-Wilhelm was the top performer again for UW, with a 9.900 on uneven bars and an overall score of 39.350. The second continues to shine for a team plagued by inconsistencies in search of some form of stability.
With two games remaining before Regionals, the regular season is coming to an end, and with it, the Huskies’ chances of a playoff push before NCAA Regionals.
Washington will get a chance to build momentum by hosting Utah State and Stanford on Sunday, March 6 in the final tri-meeting of the year. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
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