Mercer Island fourth at KingCo championships | Prep gymnastics

The MIHS gymnastics team meets with the bars judge before the bears portion of the 3A KingCo championships on Saturday, Feb. 2. - Megan Managan/Staff photo
The MIHS gymnastics team meets with the bars judge before the bears portion of the 3A KingCo championships on Saturday, Feb. 2.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Staff photo

The Mercer Island gymnastics team finished in fourth place as a team on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the 3A KingCo championships.

Mercer Island earned 155.375 points for fourth place. Mount Si won the championship with 168.05. The Wildcats, along with second place Sammamish earned spots as a team in the SeaKing championships on Saturday, Feb. 9.

For Mercer Island, Tonayo Crow was fifth overall in the bars competition, earning a 7.525 score, while she also finished in ninth place on the beam and 10th overall on the vault. Catherine Seifert earned 10th place finish in the beam competition.

Sammamish's Nykaela Dodson swept the individual events, and also won the all-around competition with a 38.075 score. Crow finished 10th in the all-around with a score of 32.475.

"They did ok, the falls on beam hurt us a little bit, but overall I think they did a good job," said head coach Lenny Lewis after the meet. "Depending on whether it's an individual or team I don't think we're going to change much. Trying to stay healthy, not getting injured. The bigger the meet the bigger the move they want to throw."

He also said he felt the team's best event of the night was floor, despite scores being slightly lower than expected.

The top eight individuals from KingCo earned a spot in the SeaKing competition. The top 13 individuals at districts will compete in the state championships Feb. 15-16.

Mercer Island will be represented by Crow and Seifert, along with Cheyanne Lewis, Emily Lightfoot, Stephanie Price and Carena Toy.

The SeaKing District championships will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Sammamish High School. The individual competition begins at 5 p.m. Awards will be handed out after the team competition around 8:45 p.m. on Saturday.

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