Led in part by Erin McGinnis, the White River Hornets made their mark on the state gymnastics meet during the Feb. 21-23 tournament. Joining McGinnis was Annelyse Anderson, Chylye Schillen, and Makenzie Hale, below. Photos by Kevin Hanson

Led in part by Erin McGinnis, the White River Hornets made their mark on the state gymnastics meet during the Feb. 21-23 tournament. Joining McGinnis was Annelyse Anderson, Chylye Schillen, and Makenzie Hale, below. Photos by Kevin Hanson

White River leads local contingent at state gymnastics

Athletes from Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, and Sumner also competed.

A White River quartet joined the state’s top high school gymnasts last week for the Class 2A state championships.

The Hornets had qualified the entire team for the state meet by virtue of placing second at districts a week earlier.

Heading to Sammamish High School for the combined 1A/2A/3A competition on Feb. 21-22 were Chylye Schillen, Erin McGinnes, Mackenzie Hale and Annelyse Anderson.

The Thursday portion of the 2A meet brought team competition and Friday brought individual performances. At the close of Thursday, White River was not on the team leader board, but Schillen sat in a tie for 13th in all-around competition. McGinnes was 18th, Hale 38th and Anderson 42nd.

The highlight of the day was Schillen’s mark of 9.675 in the floor exercise, which left her first among 93 competitors. McGinnes also fared well, scoring 9.35 to tie for 15th place.

In the uneven bars, Schillen scored an 8.2 to place 40th. McGinnes had a 7.9 and tied for 45th, while Hale and Anderson were further down the line with a 6.725 and 6.25, respectively.

On the balance beam, McGinnes was awarded a score of 9.3 and tied for 14th. Schillen had a 9.05, good for a tie for 23rd, Hale’s 8.3 was tied for 56th and Anderson’s 7.150 was good for 77th. Hale posted a 7.85 and Anderson a 7.725.

In the vault, Schillen had a 9.025, 16th; McGinnes, 8.9, 19th; Hale, 8.0, tie for 65th; and Anderson, 7.4, 84th.

Top individuals in each event advanced to Friday’s finals, where the top eight were awarded medals. Schillen was sixth in the vault and tied for eighth in the floor exercise; McGinnes wound up seventh on the balance beam and 17th in the floor exercise. No Hornets advanced to the finals on bars.


Jasmine McQueen competed Thursday in the bars, scoring 6.4 to tie for 67th. Also in bars, Lara Ceccoli had a 5.2 and was 85th.

On the balance beam, Serena Chun’s score of 8.625 left her tied for 41st. Ceccoli’s score of 7.475 left her in 71st and Evelyn Hradil scored 7.375 to sit 74th.

In the floor exercise, Hayley Ryan scored 8.6 to place 65th, Hradil’s 7.65 left her tied for 82nd and Cecolli had a 7.125 and placed 87th.

In the vault, McQueen’s 7.95 left her tied for 69th and Ryan had a 7.8, tie for 74th.


On Friday, Katie Hardman scored 8.4 on the beam, placing 57th. Payton Mapes had a score of 6.475 in the bars, placing 83rd.


During Friday’s first round of competition, Taylor Holmes tied for 47th in the vault with a score of 8.65, tied for 54th in the bars with a mark of 7.45 and tied for 65th in the floor exercise with a 9.0.

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