Eagles gymnasts third at state

The Federal Way gymnastics team tied for its best finish ever by taking third place at last weekend’s state gymnastics meet at the Tacoma Dome.

Federal Way scored 177.075 points. Kentwood took first place with 181.950 and Woodinville was second with 180.925.

“It’s real exciting,” said Federal Way coach Bev McIrvin. “We were hoping for top four and we did it. We went hard for everything and did it. It’s a nice reward for a long season.”

The last time Federal Way placed at state was when it took third in 1999.

As a team, Federal Way’s best event was the uneven parallel bars, in which it scored the second most points of all the teams at the meet.

“The whole competition we were consistent,” said Lauren Webb, a Federal Way sophomore. “I’m really proud of the team. They worked very hard for it and deserve it.”

The Eagles were led by strong individual performances by Webb, who finished second on the vault with a 9.325 during Saturday’s individual events round. Webb also placed fifth on the beam with a 9.575.

“Lauren has a lot of experience,” McIrvin said. “(Big competitions) aren’t anything new to her.”

Webb also competes on the Gymnastics Unlimited club team. She said the high school state meet is less nerve- racking for her.

“It’s more laid back and more fun,” Webb said.

Jefferson’s Alyssa Fox took second on the beam, missing first place by just .025 of a point.

“I’m happy. It’s nice to be up there,” Fox said. “I did what I needed to do. .025 is like pointing your toe.

Fox was fourth on the beam last year after a fall in the finals cost her a chance at first place.

“If I had fallen like last year I would have been mad,” Fox said. “Sticking it this year was a nice way to end it. It’s nice to end on that.”

Fox was also ninth on the bars.

Decatur’s Kelly Miller placed 10th on both the vault and the bars. She was eighth on the beam.

“Everyone did really well,” Miller said. “I was very happy I made it this far and I’m excited for next year.”

During Friday’s team competition, Miller placed fifth in the all-around with a 37.525. Webb was ninth in the all-around with a 36.9.

The good news for Federal Way is that it only loses one senior off its state gymnastics team. Vaulter Jennifer Stone will be gone next year, but Webb and Brianne Hall are sophomores, Kelly Horrocks, Robin Luedke and Jodie Spillner are juniors.

“They’re all coming back,” McIrvin said. “We’re looking to do a little better next year.”

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