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Stivers, McKinnon lead list of state-bound FWay gymnasts
By CASEY OLSON
For the first time in four years, the Federal Way gymnastics team will not be competing for a state title.
The Eagles failed to finish as one of the top-three teams at Saturdays Class 4A West Central District Gymnastics Meet at Federal Way High School. The Eagles have placed third as a team at the last three state meets.
Federal Way finished up in fifth place Saturday behind district-champion Rogers (175.025 points), Sumner (171.55), Auburn (167.575) and Olympia (166.45). Jefferson finished up in seventh place with 161.80 points.
The Eagles, however, will be well represented in the all-around competition and individual events Friday and Saturday at the Class 4A State Gymnastics Meet inside the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.
Seniors Leslie McKinnon and Mykel Stivers did qualify for the all-around competition at the state meet by finishing in the top-five at districts. Stivers ended up in third place with 36.225 points and McKinnon was fifth with 36.1. Sumners Bri Schwartz won the all-around with 37.725 points.
Federal Ways Heather Penor and Keelin Crews will join McKinnon and Stivers at state. Penor will compete on the vault, beam and floor exercise and Crews qualified on the uneven parallel bars. The top-14 individual placers on the events at Saturdays district meet all qualified for state.
Federal Ways best chance at a podium might be from McKinnon on the uneven parallel bars, as well as Stivers on the balance beam and floor exercise, according to Eagle coach Bev McIrvin.
Beamers Kaylyn Borden will be participating in all four individual event finals at state after placing on the vault, beam, bars and floor exercise. Borden ended up eighth in the all-around competition with 35.95 points.
Jefferson picked up individual qualifiers in Jennifer McCreery on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise and Nicora Long on the floor exercise. Decaturs lone state qualifier was Chantael Duke on the bars.
The state meet kicks off from 9 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Friday with preliminary individual competition. All-around and team finals will run from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Individual event finals will run begin at 12:20 p.m. Saturday.