EHS GYMNASTICS: EHS balances attack for state

The Enumclaw High gymnastics team, which made such a splash a year ago as a first-year program, is making a return trip to the state Class 2A/3A meet.

Based on a first-place finish at last week’s West Central District competition, the Hornets put themselves in position for another title run. Last year’s team, which also captured the WCD title, fell less than one point shy of a state championship.

This year’s squad took last week’s district championship with a point total of 173.75, cruising past second-place Auburn Mountainview’s 158.425. Both qualified entire teams for the state meet, to be staged Friday and Saturday in the Tacoma Dome’s exhibition hall.

The Hornets put four girls in the district all-around Top 10.

Olivia Bannerot was the all-around champion, totaling 37.2 in the four events. She was first in the bars, 9.3, and floor exercise, 9.675, and third in the vault, 9.3.

Joining her in the all-around list were Molly Mattheis, third place, 35.1; Maddison Ward, fifth place, 34.425; and Michelle McKinlay, 33.675. Individual placings showed Ward third in the bars with a score of 8.7.


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