Stomach pains turned into uncertainty for Makayla Waggoner’s high school gymnastics season.
Needing an appendectomy Jan. 19, the Olympia High School sophomore assumed the worst: that her season was abruptly over.
“I didn’t know how long it would take to recover,” she said.
Fortunately, the recovery was swift. And Waggoner hasn’t missed a beat, either, as she qualified for this weekend’s state gymnastics championships at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall in three events – uneven bars, floor exercise and vault, which is her best event. She scored a 9.625 at district last weekend to win the vault just three weeks after surgery.
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Two weeks ago at subdistrict, in her first meet back and still a little sore, Waggoner scored a 9.7 on her best event – “and my favorite,” she added — which has her with high hopes for this weekend.
“Vault is one of the easier events for me and I’m pretty consistent,” Waggoner said. “I’m hoping for the same score, if not better, if I can pull out a stick (landing). That would be awesome.”