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Wildcat gymnasts in front of home fans repeat as Kingco 3A Champions
Mount Si’s gymnastics program showed all of the Kingco league why they are among the best in the state last Saturday, Feb. 5, as they overcame a solid performance from a league rival to repeat as 3A champions.
The Wildcats outlasted the Bellevue Wolverines 163.05-154.675 in the Kingco championships, held at Mount Si High School. Those two teams, along with third place Liberty (144.075) qualified for this weekend’s SeaKing district meet at Sammamish High School. Fourth place Mercer Island, fifth place Interlake and last place Sammamish rounded things out.
“We know that last year wasn’t a fluke. We carry on to have another strong season, so we’re extremely happy,” said an elated Mount Si coach Jessica Easthope.
Mount Si competed in the early session, and saw their senior star, Georgia Reynolds, lead the way. She won the all-around competition scoring 36.5 points. Kennedy Richmond took fifth with 34.0 and Rachel Karavias finished sixth scoring a 32.75. Karavias said the team was looking to take it easy.
“We weren’t really stressed out this week. We just wanted to go out there and have fun. I think we had a pretty clean day and we did a pretty good job out there,” she said.
Reynolds, Karavias and Richmond all held up well on the vault, but it was freshman Jessica Trotto who was the story for the Wildcats in this event, taking a personal best 8.175 for seventh place. It was a great accomplishment for Trotto.
“I’m very happy,” she said.
“That was a very solid score for her,” Easthope added. “We’ve been scoring in the sevens for her, so an eight was awesome.”
Reynolds took second with a 8.8, while Karavias (8.375, fourth) and Richmond (tie-fifth, 8.325) also got excellent scores.
Reynolds blew away the field in the bars event, which turned out to be the decider in the meet. The Wildcat won that event with a 9.175, as Bellevue struggled in their turn. Mount Si ended up beating the Wolverines 35-8-31.25 in that competition, sealing the meet for the Wildcats.
“Bars is our weakest event,” Easthope said. “To start off on bars and do well gave us a good confidence booster.”
The aforementioned Wildcat threesome of Reynolds, Karavias and Richmond swept the top three spots on beam, with Karavias winning the event by a narrow margin with a score of 9.275. Reynolds finished right behind, followed by Richmond. Trotto took ninth with a 7.85.
Richmond and Reynolds finished in the top five on the floor, with Richmond’s 9.4 leading the Wildcat effort; the junior finished second. Reynolds finished fourth with a 9.325.
Does competing in front of the home fans add to the pressure for the Wildcats?
“There’s a little bit, but I mostly think it just pumps us up and it makes us do better,” Trotto said.
That said, the fans have been a key ingredient this year.
“Wildcat fans have been extremely supportive of us all season long,” Easthope said. “I just want to say a big thanks from the Wildcat gymnastics team. We appreciate their support and we hope to see them at districts.”
That meet is Saturday, Feb. 13, time to be announced.