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Mercer Island gymnastics | Winter sports previews
Coach: Lenny Lewis
Number of athletes: 63
Last season: The Islanders finished second at the KingCo meet, fell to league rival Mount Si and finished fifth at the district meet, just short of qualifying as a team for the state meet. Four athletes competed at the state gymnastics meet in February.
Strengths: “We’re stronger than I thought we were going to be,” said head coach Lenny Lewis. “We lost several strong girls last year, and I didn’t know who was going to step up to take that place, but we have a couple girls. It looks like we’ll be able to put something together.”
Focus: “We’re super young — we only have two seniors,” said Lewis. “Pretty much, we’re getting into shape and looking at the girls and moving some into the second practice for varsity.”
Captains: Senior Monica Aruit-Murphy and juniors Emily Lightfoot and Tonayo Crow.
Meet to watch: “I want to see how we post up against Mount Si,” said Lewis. “I know they’re going to be strong again. Juanita is supposed to have a team for the first time in a couple of years.”