With pillars adorning the walls and signs wishing the outgoing gymnastics team members well, the Mercer Island seniors came out donning togas and laurel wreathes for their final regular season gymnastics meet against Mount Si Thursday, Jan. 30 at Mercer Island High School. Despite gifts and warm words from coach Lenny Lewis, the Islanders lost to the Wildcats 169.45 - 157.2.
Mount Si’s Jenn Rogers had the top all-around score with a 35.55, as she won the bars, beam and floor competitions. Mercer Island’s Catherine Seifert had the highest all-around score for the Islanders, placing fourth with a score of 33.05. Senior Emily Lightfoot was seventh, scoring 32.3 and Cara Bell was tenth, scoring 22.3.
In the bars competition, Lightfoot, Seifert and senior co-captain Tonayo Crow all tied for fifth with a score of 7. Bell was seventh with a score of 6.5, and senior co-captain Cheyanne Lewis was eighth with a score of 6.2. Mount Si’s Rogers and Carissa Castagna tied with a score of 8.5 to win the event.
Crow had the top score for the Islanders in the beam competition, placing third with a score of 8.2. Lightfoot was seventh with a score of 7.7 and Rachel Hicks was ninth with a score of 7.2. Rogers had the winning score at 8.65.
In the floor competition, Stephanie Prince came in third for the Islanders with a score of 9.3. Seifert's score of 9.1 placed fifth, Lightfoot was sixth with a score of 8.9 and Lewis was eighth with a score of 8.7. Rogers led the field with a score of 9.65.
Mount Si’s Hailey Johnson won the vault competition with a score of 8.9. Lightfoot tied for third with a score of 8.7, while Seifert placed seventh with a score of 8.35 and Esther Leung finished eighth with a score of 8.1.
Next, the Mercer Island gymnastics team will compete in the 2014 KingCo Gymnastics Championships, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Mercer Island High School. The top two teams, as well as the top three all-around and top eight individuals, will advance to districts.