Gymnastics team has good start in home jamboree

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In the preseason opener for the Mount Si gymnastics team, the Wildcats showed promise. Among the top performers at this meet were Cassie Scruggs (7.1) and Lauren Paulus (6.7) on the uneven bars, and Kayla Jayne (8.35) on the balance beam.

Issaquah was strongest, though, with members of its team finishing first in three out of four events. The Indians' best event was the floor, where Kelly Lonager (8.65), Amy Vennar (8.6), and Shayna Larson (8.35) all had strong routines. The Indians looked as if they were in midseason form.

Bothell and Juanita, schools from KingCo 4A, also competed in the jamboree, and some of their gymnasts did well. Michelle Low (8.9) won on the uneven bars for the Rebels, the only event that Issaquah did not win. The Cougars were steady as well, having placed two gymnasts in the top four in the vault and on balance beam.

There were some moments, though, for the gymnasts. All of the teams had an especially tough time on the beam, with several falling off during their routines and hurting their scores. The 'Cats, though, stayed steady, and held their own in this event and the three other events as well.

Mount Si Coach Renee Tredo explained that Issaquah's strength was to be expected, saying that the Indians normally place in the top three in KingCo 3A.

As for her team's performance, she said that this year's start is its strongest, largely because the gymnasts are more prepared this year than in the past, and that they're ready to compete.

As for this week's opponents (Mercer Island and Liberty on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Si, which is the KingCo opener for all three teams), Tredo indicated that the Islanders would be tough to beat, but that the Patriots, with more individual strengths as opposed to overall team strengths, might be easier for the Wildcats to compete against.

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