Eagles finally return to home floor

January 18, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Olivia Goree leads Issaquah to second-place on senior night

 Olivia Goree, Issaquah High School senior, is way high and upside down while earning 9.8 on her floor routine Jan. 13 as teammates look on. By Greg Farrar

Olivia Goree capped off Issaquah High School’s first home gymnastics meet in a couple of years Jan. 13 by winning the floor competition.

Not only did her score of 9.8 help her garner a fourth-place finish in the all around rankings, but it put a nice little highlight on the team’s senior night of recognition, coach Ryan Fleisher said.

“It was a nice little neat and tidy bow at the end of the meet,” Fleisher said.

Bothell won the meet with 168.4 points, Issaquah took second with 167.85, Roosevelt scored 160.55 and Eastlake was fourth with its highest score of the year at 135.1.

The meet was Issaquah’s first and only home meet of the season.

“Getting that home meet was awesome,” Fleisher said.

Issaquah celebrated its senior night with strong performances from standout Goree, Anna Fairhart and A.J. Bowers. Goree placed fourth in the all-around competition after she tallied 35.35 total points in the four events. Fairhart took fifth with 33.95 and Bowers placed sixth with a score of 33.85.

Issaquah lost to Bothell by just 0.55 points.

“It’s always tight between us and Bothell,” said Fleisher. “Olivia is always a standout. But even she’s trying new things.”

Goree led the Eagles with a first-place finish in the floor competition (9.8 points). She tied for fourth place in the beam event after scoring a 9.05. She and Bowers both scored an 8.3 in the bars routine and tied for fourth place.

In the vault competition, Bowers, who was freshly recovered from an injury, placed third, finishing with a score of 9.2.

“She’s coming out with some great skills,” Fleisher said.

Overall, Fleisher said she was happy with Issaquah’s performance against the typically tough Bothell team. The Eagles have always done well on the floor exercise and are growing in the beam competition.

“We’re just continuing to build,” said Fleisher. “I feel like the things we tried worked out. But still lots of room for improvement.”

Eastlake has been working to improve in all areas this season, but it saw the greatest improvement in beam routines.

“I think our best event was beam,” Eastlake coach Jennette Fuller said. “It wasn’t the highest, score-wise, but we’ve improved on beam and it has been a confidence killer in past meets.”

No Eastlake gymnasts finished in the top three among the four-team competition, but Fuller said this meet, overall, was a confidence booster.

Senior Bianca Barr led Eastlake in every category. She scored an 8.2 in the vault and a 7.0 in the bars routine. In her beam performance, Barr scored a 7.7 and finished with an 8.4 in the floor competition.

Issaquah resumes 4A KingCo Conference action against Ballard, Inglemoor and Redmond at 7 p.m. Jan. 20, at Ballard.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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