Mount Si gymnasts make school history
February 16, 2009
By Ryan Piersol
Wildcats send entire team to the Class 3A state championships
Mount Si’s gymnasts are going to the state championships — all of them.
For the first time in school history, the Wildcats qualified the entire team for the state meet, thanks to a second-place finish at a Class 3A district at Sammamish High School Feb. 14.
Mount Si finished with 162.85 points, right behind district champion Bainbridge’s 167.125. Only the top three teams moved on.
“It is amazing,” Wildcats head coach Jessica Easthope said. “It was not about winning districts for us. Our goal was to go to state as a team, and here we go.”
Mount Si will compete at the Tacoma Dome Feb. 20-21.
Junior standout Georgia Reynolds — who took third in the all-around competition at state last season, competing as an individual — finished second overall. Her 36.40 point total was barely clipped by Katie Rock of Holy Names, who had a 36.35.
Even still, there was plenty of reason for Reynolds to celebrate.
“It’s really, really exciting,” she said of the team qualifying for state. “It’s like we’re making school history.
“We were confident coming in. We knew Bainbridge was our best competition and we thought we’d do well.”
Reynolds finished in the top three in every single category. Her lowest finish was third in the bars, where she slipped to the floor twice. Still, she had an 8.475.
Reynolds also tied Rock for first in the vault with a 9.25, was second in the beam with a 9.175 and won the floor competition with a 9.45. Rock won the beam with a 9.45, was second in the floor and won both the vault and bars.
Mount Si had four other top-10 finishes on the day. Kennedy Richmond took ninth in the vault with an 8.5, while Rachel Karavias was 10th on the bars with a 7.2. In the floor event — the Wildcats’ best event of the day — Brittany Cragin was eighth with 9.05 points and Richmond was third with 9.35 points, adding to Reynolds’ win.
Shorecrest took the final team state-qualifying spot with 156.825 points. Sammamish was fourth with 147.675 and Mercer Island fifth with 146.15.
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