Eagle tumblers take third at KingCo

February 9, 2009

By Ryan Piersol

Olivia Goree performs her floor routine during the 4A KingCo Championships, tying for first in the event with 9.45 points. By Ryan Piersol

Olivia Goree performs her floor routine during the 4A KingCo Championships, tying for first in the event with 9.45 points. By Ryan Piersol

A pair of top-10 all-around performances weren’t enough to keep the Issaquah High School gymnastics team from stopping a Woodinville squad intent on dominating the newly revamped KingCo 4A championships.

Issaquah, which competed in 3A last season, picked up top-10 all-around finishes from both Olivia Goree and Risa Fukuda on Feb. 7 at Ballard High School. That push helped the Eagles finish with 172.7 points, good enough for third place. Woodinville was first with 181.6, while Bothell was runner-up with 177.

It was the first time this season for Issaquah to face Woodinville and Bothell in a 4A league that has four new teams.

The top three teams qualified for this weekend’s district meet.

“We went in knowing there would be six teams vying for three spots. And we knew that Woodinville would be the given and Bothell would be right behind them, so there were going to be a lot of teams going after that third spot,” Eagles coach Ryan Fleisher said. “We’re happy. It was a pretty good weekend.”

Goree placed seventh in the all-around standings with 35.95 points. She had Issaquah’s highest single-category finish, too, winning the floor competition with a score of 9.45. That score was identical to Bothell’s Molly Michaluk, but Goree won the tiebreaker due to her higher all-around score. She also placed fifth on the beam and ninth on the bars.

It was the first time this season Goree failed to win the all-around category, which went to Hailey Wells, of Woodinville.

“She’s a pretty strong, all-around gymnast. She’s very captivating on the floor, for a person of such small stature. She’s very clean, and I think that sells well,” Fleisher said about Goree. “But, from our very top person to our sixth, there’s not a whole lot of space. Fortunately, we have a lot of depth.”

Fukuda was ninth in the all-around with 35.575 points. Individually, she was 10th in the vault, 10th on the bars, 10th on the beam and sixth on the floor.

Other strong finishers for Issaquah included Taryn Chin at 12th place on the vault, Kelly Richards at eighth on the floor and Ashley Lester at 11th on the floor. Lester also was 19th in the all-around standings.

Skyline reached its team goal of 140 points and, in doing so, placed seventh in the team standings. The Spartans were led by Amy Beam, who qualified for the next round in all four events. Teammate Shelby Miller qualified in the vault and the bars, while Rachel Blyth was a qualifier in the floor competition.

Reach Reporter Ryan Piersol at 392-6434, ext. 246, or rpiersol@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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