Gymnasts set for annual All-City meet

Gymnasts from Decatur, Federal Way, and Jefferson are set to square off tonight in the annual All-City gymnastics meet.

It’s the final meet of the regular season and it gives gymnasts a chance for bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Decatur, winner of last year’s All-City trophy, is hosting this year’s event at 7 p.m. today.

“We’re looking to bring that trophy back here,”said Federal Way coach Bev McIrvin. “It will be a good meet with good head-on competition. We’re feeling pretty good going into it as long as we can stay healthy this week. I feel good about my team going into it.”

McIrvin has reason for high hopes. The Eagles set a school record of 176.85 points in last week’s meet against Sumner, Kentridge and Port Angeles.

“That’s not just one or two of our kids,” McIrvin said. “That’s the whole team. They did very well.”

At last year’s All-City meet, Federal Way’s team score was 167, nearly 10 points lower than the mark it set last week.

Al three high schools’ teams are improved over last year’s teams.

Last year, Decatur scored a 169.7, Federal Way posted a 167 and Jefferson scored a 164.55.

This year, Decatur has scored as high as 173.15, Federal Way has scored a 176.85 and Jefferson scored a 169.7.

Five out of the top six all-around placers at last season’s All-City meet are returning this year, including Jefferson’s Alyssa Fox, who won last year’s all-around title.

Fox will be challenged by Federal Way sophomore Lauren Webb, who is coming off last week’s meet where she won all four events en route to the all-around title.

“I knew she was an outstanding gymnast coming in,” McIrvin said. “ For the first couple of weeks, she was testing the waters. But she is coming on stronger and stronger with every meet. She is a very nice girl who works very hard. We’re looking for her to do big things at state.”

Other gymnasts to watch include Decatur’s Kelly Miller and Kelly McKay, Federal Way’s Kellie Horrocks, Brianne Hall and Robin Luedke, and Jefferson’s Danielle Freeman.

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