For Keira Lathrop, the most nerve-wracking part of the Class 3A/2A/1A state gymnastics meet wasn’t actually performing. It came afterward.
Lathrop was one of three gymnasts to compete for Capital on Friday, and she had to wait until the team rotation ended to know if she would advance to today’s individual competition at the Tacoma Dome.
Lathrop, a junior, scored 36.05 points in the all-around competition, good for 11th place and a trip to today’s individual finals in a trio of events. Her score was buoyed by a seventh-place finish on the floor (9.5) and eighth place on the vault (9.3). She also will compete on the uneven bars.
“I’m proud I was able to hold three scores through the second session,” she said. “I had a good routine on the bars … then on the floor, it just got better, and the vault was even better than that.”
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Lathrop said that Saturday she is going to “come in and do exactly what I did (Friday): hit three solid routines.”
She added that being the lone competitor left from her school adds some pressure, “but at the same time, it feels really good.”
Also representing Thurston County on Saturday is Timberline’s Kourtney Belarde, who scored 8.975 on the beam.
Kamiakin won the team competition with 181.70 points, ahead of two-time defending champion Enumclaw, with 178.425. North Kitsap finished eighth, with 154.825.
Kamiakin junior Alexis Lawrence, a Level 10 (highest ranking) club gymnast in her first year of high school gymnastics, won the all-around title with 38.30 points.
“I’m proud I could come out here with my team and show everyone what I’ve got,” said Lawrence, who topped the standings in two events, scoring 9.675 points on the vault and 9.5 on the uneven bars. “I just tried my hardest and worked at what I do at practice and was confident.”
Kamiakin coach Sarah Garrett said that like the 2011 team that won a state title, this year’s group has a competitive spirit.
“Our team knows it’s team first and then individual,” she said, “so they have to want their teammates to score high, and then they score high.”
Enumclaw senior Olivia Bannerot was the South Sound’s highest finisher, placing third in the all-around with 37.95 points.
“I was hoping I would do well, but I knew I wouldn’t win,” she said. “There are girls competing at Level 10 and I haven’t competed in four years, but I’m proud of myself and the meet I had today.”
Bannerot’s score was buoyed by a 9.55 on the vault, the second highest of the day. She also will compete in all four individual events today.
“Vault has always been one of my favorites,” said Bannerot, who also finished second on the floor routine (9.675). “I don’t have the most difficult one here, but I have a lot of power.”
Although the Capital High boys swim team didn’t register any top preliminary times Friday afternoon at the Class 2A state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center, the Cougars will have a busy Saturday featuring a couple of chances to nab a state title.
Leading the way is the Capital 200-yard freestyle relay team, which will swim in the final after finishing in 1 minute, 35.36 seconds, the sixth-fastest time of the day.
The Cougars’ 400 relay team will swim in the consolation final after registering a 3:34.00. The River Ridge relay team (3:39.31) also will compete in the consolation final.
Capital’s Phillip Reece will have a shot at an individual title in the 100 butterfly, as he clocked the eighth-fastest time of the day (55.17). Cougars teammate Collin Mattson will swim in the 200 free consolation final, as his 1:55.91 was 15th fastest on the day. He also will swim in the 500 free consolation final (5:28.22).
River Ridge’s Logan Field will swim in the 200 free final after finishing in 1:52.01, the fifth fastest time.
In Class 4A, area qualifiers for consolation heats included Curtis sophomore Ryan St. John in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.74; 12th fastest), Olympia sophomore Andrew Wright in the 200 individual medley (2:00.45; 14th fastest) and Olympia senior Timothy Ward in the 100 yard backstroke (55.67; 14th fastest).
The Olympia 200 medley relay team also will swim in a consolation final after clocking a 1:44.08 finish in the preliminaries.
In Class 3A, Shelton’s Harri MacAlevy will compete in the 50 free final, after clocking a 21.72, the third fastest of the meet.