Eagles fail to qualify for finals
February 23, 2009
By Ryan Piersol
The Issaquah gymnastics team placed several athletes in the top 20, yet wasn’t able to advance anyone to the finals at the Class 4A championships Feb. 20 at the Tacoma Dome.
Several Eagles just missed moving on to the finals at the event, won by fellow KingCo foe Woodinville.
“I’m happy. I think they all did pretty well,” Issaquah head coach Ryan Fleisher said. “We had a couple of girls right there on the edge and they just missed qualifying. But everybody was in the top 20, so I’m pleased.”
Risa Fukuda and Olivia Goree were the Eagles who came closest to qualifying for the finals. Goree placed 12th on the bars with an 8.65, 1.25 off the last finals qualifying score. Fukuda placed 12th on the beam with a 9.125, less than a point off the last finals qualifying score.
Woodinville won the team competition with a score of 182.975. Kentlake’s Kayla Shira was the all-around champ, scoring a 38.05.
This was Issaquah’s first season competing in 4A, after years of being a powerhouse in 3A.
“It was anybody’s game. Being our first year in 4A, we didn’t really know what to expect,” Fleisher said. “We just came out and wanted to do well, and we did that.”
Fukuda ended up 24th in the all-around with 27.25 points, while Goree was right behind her at 26th with 26.975 points.
They were each in the top 20 on the vault, as Goree was 19th with an 8.975 and Fukuda was 20th with an 8.95. Goree also placed 14th on the floor with a 9.35, while Fukuda took 19th in that event with a 9.175
Stephanie Harms had the other top-20 finish for Issaquah, taking 19th on the beam with a score of 8.8. Though the Eagles weren’t able to get themselves into the mix for a team title this season, they finished the year as a team to watch for next season. That’s because a slew of gymnasts — including Goree and Fukuda — are expected to return.
“Risa and Olivia will both be back, so we should be pretty good,” Fleisher said. “We’ll just have to wait and see. You never know who is going to walk through the door at the beginning of the season.”
At the awards ceremony Feb. 21, it was announced that Liberty’s Danielle Kemmerer and Issaquah’s Kelly Richards were named to academic all-state teams.
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