Mount Si gymnasts enjoy record night
January 21, 2009
By Ryan Piersol
There’s nothing like a new school record to help shake off the rust.
After missing four weeks of competition due to snow piles and a flood, the Mount Si gymnastics team finally returned to the floor Jan. 15 in a meet against league foes Newport and Issaquah. The Wildcats returned in style too, scoring a new school record for team points with 159.5.
Both Issaquah’s 171.75 points and Newport’s 167.5 points were better than Mount Si’s, but that didn’t take any sparkle off the night.
“We’ve lost a lot of practice and a lot of days to flooding and the snow. There have been four meets that we haven’t been able to compete in, so it’s been rough,” Mount Si head coach Jessica Easthope said. “But Issaquah and Newport are always the top teams on the east side, so to come out and compete with them is pretty fantastic.”
Georgia Reynolds was pretty fantastic, as well. The junior was the top all-around performer for the Wildcats, placing third in that category with 35.7 points. She also won the floor event with a score of 9.45, which was a half-point better than Issaquah’s Risa Fukuda, and was third in both the vault and the uneven bars. Reynolds posted a score of 8.65 in the vault and a score of 8.75 in the uneven bars.
Easthope said Reynolds’ performance in the floor event was in tune with the rest of the team.
“We’re scoring pretty well on the floor. That’s been our most dominant event,” the coach said. “We have more depth there than we’ve had in the past, plus we have a strong top four.”
Junior Rachel Karavias earned a top-five finish for the Wildcats in the balance beam, while sophomore teammate Kennedy Richmond was fourth in the floor competition with a score of 9.35. Richmond’s finish also helped her place ninth in the all-around standings.
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