Washington’s Katie McNamara Announces Transfer to UCLA

After weeks of speculation, Washington freshman Katie McNamara has announced her transfer to UCLA. She will join the Bruins as a sophomore for the 2022 season.

McNamara had an impressive 2021 campaign. She competed in the all around in nine of Washington’s 10 meets and boasts career highs of 9.900 on beam, 9.875 on vault and floor and 9.800 on bars.

Prior to college, McNamara was a two-time J.O. nationals qualifier (2018 and 2019), the 2019 SoCal state all around champion and the 2019 Region 1 co-bronze medalist on vault.

At UCLA, McNamara has the potential to contribute especially to the vault and beam lineups. On vault, her rare Yurchenko full-on tuck off has a 10.0 start value and could be Kendal Poston’s perfect replacement. 

On beam, the Bruins are welcoming some very talented freshmen, including Emily Lee, Ana Padurariu and Jordan Chiles, who will likely stabilize this year’s shaky lineup, but they will appreciate McNamara’s collegiate experience and good form on this event.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at where McNamara will contribute in her Transfer File, coming next week. Plus, to see a full view of UCLA’s future classes, visit our Rosters & Commits spreadsheet.

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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