Skyline High School gymnasts earn No. 2 spot at meet

February 5, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

The Skyline High School Spartans faced off against Eastlake, Garfield and Newport in their second-to-last league gymnastics meet Jan. 24, where they eventually took second place with 130.77 points.

Even with a few of their top performers missing Jan. 24, the Spartans had 10 girls in each event.

“They did great. I thought they did fantastic tonight,” Skyline coach Michelle McCombs said. “We were trying to reach 145, but because we were down a couple of our key players, we knew that it wasn’t going to happen. But we still got close to 130, which is good.”

After all was said and done, Skyline had 12 top 10 scores.

4A KingCo results

The KingCo 4A championships were held Feb. 2 at Roosevelt High School, where after scoring 147.575 points, Skyline took seventh place out 11 teams.

Rikki Uhrich finished fourth in the all-around category with a total score of 34.3. She also tied for third place in beam after racking up 9.075 points.

This was the Skyline gymnastics team’s final competition, as only the top three teams advance to the district meet.

In vault, Rikki Uhrich took third place with a score of 8.1; Kelly Lin finished in sixth at 7.7; and right behind her was Alyssa Holt with 7.5. Kamryn Brandt, with a score of 7.4, tied with Newport for ninth place.

On bars, Lin took seventh place after earning a 6.15 and finished in sixth again, this time on beam, with a score of 7.7. On beam, Ayse Raymond, with a 7.35, took ninth place. In the floor competition, Holt placed seventh with a score of 7.95, and Lin, who had just added a front semi the day before, earned a 7.05 to take ninth.

“I was pretty happy with her,” said McCombs, explaining the difficulty of a front semi. “I thought we did very well on floor, and we did very well on beam. We had a lot more girls this meet not fall … we had four girls not fall at all on the beam, and we are usually around one or two.”

With all those top 10 finishes, Lin earned third in the all-around competition, in which a gymnast has to compete in all four events. Daniela Batiz placed fifth and Raymond took sixth.

“I think all of us did a pretty good job today, especially on beam. There’s obviously places to improve, but I’m proud of us as a whole,” Lin said.

Her highlight of the night, she added, was completing her beam routine without falling.

“That was only the second time I have done that this season,” she said. “Seeing my teammates go up there and stick their routines really inspired me to go up there and fight for every move and try to stick it too.”

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