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February 17, 2015 at 8:26 PM

State gymnastics preview: storylines/athletes to watch

Where: Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall
Friday: Team and all-around championships
9 a.m.: 4A teams and individual qualifiers
1 p.m.: 3A/2A individual qualifiers
6:20 p.m.: 3A/2A teams

Saturday: Individual championships
11 a.m.: All classifications
Tickets: Adults: $15 single day, $23 tournament. Seniors/students: $11 single day, $17 tournament.

Storylines
– Can Woodinville break the state meet scoring record? Sehome, a past dynasty in this sport, holds the mark (185.45, set in 1993). Woodinville put up 185.45 in a regular-season meet this season.

– Can Nykaela Dodson three-peat on beam? Since 1969 only 15 times has a gymnast won three individual titles in a single event. The two-time defending 3A/2A beam champ from Sammamish posted the best beam score in last weekend’s three 3A/2A district meets.

– Who will win the Savage vs. Schlosser 4A all-around rematch? As juniors, Woodinville’s Marisa Savage edged Mead’s Jenna Schlosser in the 2014 4A all-around standings, 37.95-37.525. Their 2015 district scores (37.725-37.3) are separated by an identical 0.425.

– Who is the 3A/2A favorite in all-around? Prime contenders in a crowded field are sophomore Kayla Porter of Auburn Mountainview, Kiya Borge of Southridge, the 2012 champ who did not compete at the prep level last year, and Dodson, a top-four finisher the past two years.

– What is the feel-good story of the state meet? Juanita senior Millie Andrilenas, born with a congenital defect that left her without a left hand, qualified as an individual for state on both floor and vault for the third straight year.

Gymnasts to watch:
Marisa Savage, Woodinville: Bounced back from an early-season concussion to be the state’s dominant 4A competitor.

Ali McManus, Woodinville: Sat out the league meet with an injury but placed third in last week’s 4A district all-around.

Kayla Porter, Auburn Mountainview: Swept all four events and won the all-around titles in both her league and district meets.

Elena Fowler, Holy Names: The sophomore’s high-flying execution of a Tsukahara pike on vault is an eye-popper.

Kiya Bjorge, Southridge: The level 10 club gymnast won the 3A/2A all-around, floor and vault titles the last time she competed at state (2012).

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