Eagles snare another district title


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The Federal Way gymnastics squad solidified themselves as one of the better teams in the state Saturday by winning the West Central District meet in their home gym.

But now, without one of their top gymnasts competing, they are not one of the top contenders — like they would have been.

Junior Leslie McKinnon dislocated her elbow in a fall last week during practice, ending her season a critical two weeks early. The void of McKinnon significantly handicaps the Eagles in the state competition coming up Friday and Saturday inside the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

“Things are a lot tougher without Lindsay being here,” said Federal Way coach Bev McIrvin. “Though today, we counted on the kids we brought up and they did very well.”

Federal Way ended up taking the district trophy for the second year in a row with a score of 171.050 even without McKinnon. The Sumner Spartans finished second with 170.500 points. But the Spartans also didn’t have one of their top guns. Andrea Peterson broke her ankle last week in practice, leveling the playing field for Federal Way at Saturday’s district meet.

Sumner had a first-place finisher in each event, but the Eagles had more girls garner higher places in each event to score more team points. Federal Way, Sumner and third-place Rogers all qualified and will compete at the state championships at the Tacoma Dome.

“There are going to be a lot other teams there with higher scores than us, so we are not the favorites,” McIrvin said. “I’m surprised we won this meet though, so anything can happen.”

At districts, Federal Way’s top finisher was Lauren Webb. The senior finished second in the all-around competition, behind only Sumner’s Bri Schwartz. Webb was second in the vault (9.35), third on the floor exercise (9.55), second on the balance beam (9.6) and fourth on the bars (9.525). She returns to the state meet as the defending champion in the uneven parallel bars.

Schwartz is the defending state all-around champion and this season has showed no signs of slowing down.

Other state qualifiers for the Eagles were Brianne Hall, Mykel Stivers and Keelin Crews. Hall and Stivers will compete in all events at state, while Crews will be solely on the uneven bars.

“It took a team effort to win today, so we did that and had a pretty good meet,” McIrvin said.

Jefferson finished in fifth place in the team competition at districts with 162.900 points, Beamer was 13th with 148.525 and Decatur was 14th with 148.050 points.

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