Webb wins title, FW short of team goal


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Although the Federal Way team came up short for a state title Friday, junior Lauren Webb captured an individual state championship on the uneven parallel bars Saturday.

Webb, who was second place on the bars after the preliminary round, scored a 9.725 to win in Saturday’s finals.

“She had an incredible routine,” Federal Way coach Bev McIrivin said. “Just everything was on. To at least walk away with one state championship brought our spirits up.”

Federal Way was a favorite to contend for the team title Friday and led after three events, but didn’t score enough points on its final event, the beam. The Eagles scored 176.3 total points and ended up in third place in one of the closest team competitions anyone at the meet could remember. Only seven-tenths of a point separated first place from fourth. Inglemoor won the state team title with 176.975 points.

“To have to come down to sticking beam is of course the hardest,” McIrvin said. “We had really high expectations and things don’t always work out the way you hope they would. We still had a great experience there and it’s still a pretty major accomplishment.”

Webb’s 37.775 points was good enough for second in the all-around competition. Sumner’s Brianne Schwartz won Friday’s all-around with 38.075 points.

“We were pretty confident,” Webb said. “We worked hard all week. We knew what to expect. Everyone did their best. I know we tried hard.”

The Eagles, who had been nearly perfect all season on their way to an undefeated record and a district championship, had three falls in the state meet. Each fall automatically deducts a half point.

“We had way too many falls,” Federal Way senior Robin Luedke said. “We counted falls on the vault, bars and beam. That’s a point and a half, which puts us up where we should be. This meet doesn’t show where we were this season. It’s disappointing, but we’re Ok.”

Luedke was eighth in the all-around with a 36.535. She also was one of seven gymnasts chose for the academic all-state team. Decatur senior Kelly Miller was 10th in the all-around with a 36.5.

“We had a great season, we were 41-2 so there shouldn’t be any tears over that,” McIrivin said. “I’m very proud of my kids.”

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