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February 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Talented field awaits Woodinville in 4A district gymnastics meet

BY TERRY WOOD
Special to The Seattle Times

Camas will join Woodinville, Bothell and Newport in a district meet Saturday night at Mount Si to battle for two team berths to the state 4A gymnastics meet.

Wednesday night Camas won its 4A sub-district meet (delayed due to snowy conditions last weekend in Vancouver), posting a score of 166.65 to top Heritage (159.9). The five-team gathering of Greater St. Helens League schools was held at Northpointe Gym in Vancouver.

Woodinville (181.675), Bothell (174.35) and Newport (173.55) posted the top three scores during the start of postseason competition last weekend, so coaches at Mount Si district meet Saturday will be busy monitoring scores as the night progresses.

Defending 4A champ Emerald Ridge will face seven challengers at its district meet at Mount Rainier on Saturday morning. Woodinville placed second last year and ran off a string of four straight 4A titles from 2007 to 2010.

Here’s how this year’s competitive landscape looks:

Top team scores (posted by qualifying 4A teams in the first round of postseason meets):

1, Woodinville 181.675; 2, Bothell 174.375; 3, Newport 173.55; 4, Emerald Ridge 171.15; 5, Mead 169.0; 6, Puyallup 169.325; 7, Camus 166.65; 8, 9, Kentlake 166.2; 10, Central Valley 163.25; 11, Jefferson 158.475; 12, Rogers (Puyallup) 157.325; 13, Federal Way 155.65.

Top all-around scores (posted in the first round of postseason meets by 4A competitors, minimum of 35.0):

1, Marisa Savage, Woodinville, 37.95; 2, Candace Ho, Newport, 37.675; 3, Nicole Moss Heritage 37.25; 4, Ashley Pernell, Kentlake, 37.025; 5, Jenna Schlosser, Mead, 36.7; 6, Kate Jacobsen, Puyallup, 36.625; 7, Jenna Hayes, Eastlake, 36.4; 8, Breanne Buren, Garfield, 36.1; 9, Emily Paratore, Woodinville, 35.8; 9, Elise Groh, Newport, 35.475; 10, Brooke Atwell, Heritage, 35.45; 11 (tie), Ava Welch, Mount Rainier, and Clara Yardley, Ballard, 35.4; 13 (tie), McKinzie Carter, Central Valley, and Izzy Erdem, Central Valley, 35.35; 15, Alyssa Armstrong, Emerald Ridge, 35.2; 16; Zoe Krembule, Kentwood, 35.15.

This weekend’s gymnastics schedule:

District meets at Mount Si

Involves 4A teams from KingCo and Greater St. Helens League, 3A/2A teams from KingCo, Metro League and Northwest District 1:

• 3A individual qualifiers: 10:45 a.m.
• 3A teams: 1 p.m. (top three teams advance to state)

• 4A individual qualifiers: 3:15 p.m.
• 4A teams: 5:15 p.m. (top two teams advance to state)

District meets at Mount Rainier

• 4A (SPSL and Greater Spokane League schools): 9:40 a.m. (top two teams advance to state)

• 3A/2A (SPSL, Narrows, Olympic and Seamount League schools): 4:20 p.m. (top three teams advance to state)

Regional meet at University (Spokane)

Involves 3A/2A teams from the Greater Spokane League (District 8) and Mid-Columbia schools (District 5), noon (top team advances to state).

Note: 3A/2A teams and all-around performers were assessed in this blog in a post published Wednesday.

Why do an uneven number of 4A and 3A/2A schools get to advance to the state gymnastics meet? It’s because fewer 4A schools (36) sponsor gymnastics as a varsity sport than do 3A/2A schools (51). Thus just four 4A teams qualify for state while eight 3A/2A schools get to compete.

This is done to keep the keep the one-day team completion at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall manageable. The Friday session (slated for Feb.21 this year) already lasts close to 13 hours with 12 teams and dozens of individual qualifiers participating.

The downside to this policy: 4A schools usually have deeper talent pools and higher average scores than 3A/2A schools, so some high-scoring 4A bubble teams (perhaps Newport this year) invariably miss the cut.

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