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Slideshow | Mount Si gymnasts taking the lead, upping their game
When the alarm clock rings extra early this winter for Jessica Trotto, the high school junior hesitates and ponders a snooze. But only for a moment.
“I think of gym, or all the goals I want to get,” said Trotto, co-captain of the Mount Si gymnastics team. “I push myself to keep going.”
She’s been hitting the treadmill for mile runs and conditioning before school, one of several gymnasts upping their game on a young but impressive team this season.
“I feel so much more energy,” said Trotto, who had her season-best performance on the floor Thursday, Jan. 5, during Mount Si’s home meet with Interlake, Lake Washington and Sammamish.
Trotto had an 8.6 on floor, second overall behind outstanding freshman Jenn Rogers, who is also putting in work to improve her skills. Rogers had a 9.4 on floor, also leading Trotto’s 8.9 on beam with a 9.1. The freshman included a backhand spring in her beam routine, part of a plan to build a bigger series.
“I want to get as many skills as I can for districts, KingCo and state, the three big competitions,” Rogers said.
Why does she push herself? For Rogers as for many teammates, “Gym is my life,” she said. She’s competitive, lives for the team experience, and loves her teammates.
Head coach Jessica Easthope, who went over the prior night’s results with athletes as the girls reassembled their floor equipment Friday afternoon, said several athletes have been upgrading vaults, beam, bars and floor routines.
Mackenzie Brown, for example, is trying a new bar routine, while senior co-captain Lexi Swanson has made leaps of improvement—she chose to start at a 10.0 on the floor, an advanced challenge and a measure of her confidence.
Normally, she has to push, but “this year, they’ve wanted to do it themselves,” Easthope said. “All the kids want to improve skills.”
While the team has experienced a couple of injuries, others are stepping up and doing well. Easthope has the depth of a full nine starters who can compete strong, all around the gymnasium.
“I’m blessed,” she said.
Thursday’s results showed the team again dominating at home. All around, the top eight were Rogers, Trotto, Elizabeth Holmes, Brown, Carissa Castagno, Hailey Johnson, Swanson and Aubrey McMichael. Mount Si had a team score of 157, leading Lake Washington’s 142, Sammamish’s 134 and Interlake’s 115. Rogers led in beam and bars, Brown led on vault followed by Castagno at second. Castagno had second on bars, with Brown in third.
• Next, the Mount Si gymnastics team faces Lake Washington at Sammamish High School, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.
You can follow the Mount Si gymnastics team at http://mshsgymnastics.weebly.com/