By her own admission, it wasn’t Makayla Waggoner’s best performance — but there is consolation.
“I was expecting to do better, but it’s OK,” the Olympia High School junior said. “I made it to finals in one event, so I’m excited about that. I’ll go in there and finish strong for my school.”
Waggoner took sixth in the all-around competition at the Class 4A state gymnastics championships at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall on Friday.
She finished with a score of 36.600 — 1.875 points off of Woodinville’s Marisa Savage, who took first.
“I’m not very impressed with myself today,” Waggoner said. “My first event (floor exercise) I messed up on. I caught back up on vault, but after that I didn’t hit bars very well, as well as beam. I normally don’t perform like that.”
Vault, Waggoner’s best event, is the only one she qualified for in Saturday’s individual finals. She placed third with a score of 9.725.
“It’s a pretty solid event for me,” Waggoner said. “I don’t have to worry about it that much.
“I’m just going to go out and do my best like I have all season, and go as hard as I can. It’s going to be a more stress-free meet, so I’m excited about that.”
Olympia placed fourth in the 4A team competition, after qualifying for the meet as a team for the first time since 1999. The Bears totaled 168.825 points.
Woodinville took first, and posted a state-meet record 187.375.
“I’m really proud of my team,” Waggoner said. “It was really awesome to be a part of something that hasn’t happened for a long time. I wouldn’t have wanted any other teammates to do it with.
“I’m so excited and proud of my team for doing what we did this year and all of our accomplishments.”