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January 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Gymnasts begin to eye state meet; see complete postseason schedule

BY TERRY WOOD
Special to The Seattle Times

Gymnastics teams statewide are shifting into postseason mode as the final meets of the regular season for Seattle-area schools wrap up this week.

Some familiar names are poised to be leading title contenders when the top teams convene for the 4A and 3A/2A state meets at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall Feb. 21 and 22.

One conference championship is already in the books. Mead won the Greater Spokane League 4A title in its home gym Wednesday night with a score of 169.0.

Mead, the 2012 state 4A champion, advances to the Feb. 15 district meet at Mount Rainier to compete for a berth in this year’s state finals. Four 4A schools will compete at state; eight 3A/2A teams will advance.

Top 4A scores posted during the regular season are led by Woodinville’s 179.15 from Jan. 23. Mead recorded a season-best 172.8 in January and Newport, which owns 10 state titles (most recently in 2011), has recorded a 171.1.

Woodinville finishes its regular season Thursday night at Bothell. Two of the South Puget Sound League’s top 4A teams, Emerald Ridge (the defending 4A champ with a season high of 170.85 this year) and Puyallup (with a 168 this season), face off Thursday night at Puyallup.

The dominant 3A/2A teams remain dominant. Two-time state champ Enumclaw put up a season-best 175.8 Wednesday night in a four-way meet at home. Enumclaw senior Olivia Bannerot posted a dazzling 38.05 all-around score at that meet.

Kamiakin, the 2011 3A/2A state champ and runner-up to Enumclaw last year, also has a 175 this year.

As the march to Tacoma gets underway, the complete lineup of statewide postseason gymnastic competitions is shown below:

Thursday

Greater Spokane League 3A championships (Mount Spokane, North Central, Rogers, Shadle Park, University) at Mead, 6 p.m.

Friday

Sub-district meet for 3A/2A schools in District 1 (Bellingham, Sehome, Shorecrest, Shorewood, Squalicum) at Cascade Elite Gymnastics, Mountake Terrace, 5 p.m.

Feb. 6

Olympic League championships (North Kitsap, Kingston, Port Angeles, Timberline, Black Hills) at Mount Rainier, 6:50 p.m.

Feb. 7

Seamount League championships at Mount Rainier, 6 p.m.

Metro League championships at Bainbridge, 6 p.m.

District 5 meet (Hanford, Kamiakin, Southridge) at Garland’s Gym, Kennewick, 7 p.m.

Feb. 8

KingCo 3A championships at Mercer Island; two sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., 4 teams (TBD) each session.

KingCo 4A championships at Woodinville; two sessions at 3:20 p.m. (6 teams TBD) and 7 p.m. (5 teams).

SPSL 3A/2A championships (Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, Decatur, Enumclaw, Sumner) at Mount Rainier, 9 a.m.

SPSL 4A championships (plus Olympia) at Mount Rainier; two session at 1:20 p.m. (Auburn Riverside, Emerald Ridge, Federal Way, Kentlake, Kentwood, Jefferson, Olympia, Rogers) and
6:20 p.m. (Auburn, Beamer, Kent Meridian, Kentridge, Mount Rainier, Puyallup, Tahoma).

District 4 sub-district 4A meet (Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Heritage, Skyview, Union) at Northpointe Gym, Vancouver, 3 p.m.

District 4 sub-district 3A/2A meet (Capital, Columbia River, Fort Vancouver, Hudson’s Bay, Mountain View, Prairie, River Ridge) at Naydenov Gymnastics, Vancouver, 11 a.m. Note: Winning team and top two all-arounds advance directly to state.

Feb. 15

District meet at Mount Si involving 4A teams from KingCo and Greater St. Helens League, 3A/2A teams from KingCo, Metro League and District 1:

• 3A individual qualifiers: 10:45 a.m.
• 3A teams: 1 p.m.

• 4A individual qualifiers: 3:15 p.m.
• 4A teams: 5:15 p.m.

District meet at Mount Rainier:

• 4A (SPSL and Greater Spokane League schools): 9:40 a.m.
• 3A/2A (SPSL, Olympic and Seamount League schools): 4:20 p.m.

District/Regional meet involving 3A/2A teams from the Greater Spokane League (District 8) and Tri-City schools (District 5) at University (Spokane), noon.

Note: In 4A, the top two teams at the Mount Si and Mount Rainier district meets advance to state. Eight 3A/2A teams (three each from the Mount Si and Mount Rainier district meets; one each from Spokane and Vancouver) advance to state.

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