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Gymnastics on top of their game

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

Of all the acrobatic and athletic moves Federal Way junior Lauren Webb performed at Friday’s gymnastics meet, the one repeated most often was her jump to the top of the awards podium.

Webb swept all four individual events to win the all-around title with a season-best and league-leading total of 38.4.

More importantly, she helped the Eagles hold onto their No. 1 state ranking and continue their undefeated season.

“We were pretty confident going in,” Webb said. “We’ve been working really hard the past couple weeks, trying to perfect things. It paid off. I’m really proud of the team.”

Federal Way scored 174.7 points to top Sumner’s 173.25 and Kentridge’s 169.9. Non-league opponent Port Angeles scored 159.95.

The 1.45 point margin of victory was the closest meet Federal Way has had this season.

The Eagles look to clinch the South Puget Sound League championship in today’s All-City Meet.

Federal Way will face Jefferson and No. 6 state-ranked Decatur at 7 p.m. today at Jefferson.

Of the top six teams in the state, as ranked by the gymnastic coaches association, five are from the SPSL.

Federal Way faced two of them Friday: Sumner was ranked No. 3 in the state and Kentridge was ranked No. 5.

Federal Way beat the No. 2 ranked team in the state, Auburn, by more than three points in the first meet of the season.

“It’s a confidence booster,” Webb said of the state ranking. “But for us, we try not to focus on that. We block it out when we compete.”

On Friday, Webb scored a league-best 9.7 on vault, 9.55 on bars, 9.5 on beam and 9.65 on floor.

Sumner’s Briana Schwartz was second in the all-around with a 37.35 and Federal Way’s Robin Luedke was third with a 36.3, her season best.

“I was real pleased with the kids,” Federal Way coach Bev McIrvin said. “They had total confidence coming in.”

Luedke’s best event was the beam, where she finished third with a 9.15. Federal Way’s Kellie Horrocks was third on the vault with a 9.1.

“I loved it,” Luedke said of the meet. “This whole week we’ve been spending four hours a day in the gym preparing for this. That we even have energy for a Friday meet is amazing.”

Also amazing is that the Eagles are continuing to win without their sophomore standout, Leslie McKinnon, who is out for the season after breaking her toe two weeks ago.

“They started working harder when they knew they were without me,” McKinnon said.

McKinnon was one of the top three all-around gymnasts for the Eagles, McIrvin said.

“It’s a big loss, but it’s affected us for the better,” Luedke said. “We’ve stepped it up five notches.”

Along with Webb and Luedke, Federal Way’s all-around competitors include Horrocks, Brianne Hall and Jodie Spillner.

“We just want to keep winning,” McIrvin said. “We have our sites set pretty high.”

Federal Way finished third in the team standings at last year’s state meet and is looking to improve this year.

Said Luedke: “We want to take state.”

Associate editor Cole Cosgrove: 925-5565 and sports@fedwaymirror.com

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