Gymnastics: Sequim, PA athletes cap season at state finals

Teammates during the regular season, athletes from Sequim and Port Angeles high schools finished their 2018-2019 seasons at the state 1A-2A-3A meet at Sammamish High School in Bellevue last week.

Sequim sophomore Emma Sharp took 40th place in all-around scoring with 29.575 points — the ninth-best mark among competitors from 2A schools.

Sharp, competing at state for the first time, tied for 59th on the vault with an 8.10 mark, tied for 71st on floor exercise (8.25 points), tied for 73rd on bars (6.15) and was 80th on the balance beam with a 7.075 score.

Sequim teammate Lesea Pfeffer, a junior competing at state for the third time, tied for 76th on the vault (7.775 points), tied for 84th on the beam (6.875) and tied for 85th with 7.65 points on the floor exercise.

Danica Pierson, a Sequim High freshman, tied for 80th on bars with a 5.85 score.

Port Angeles’ freshmen Anne Edwards and Mei Ying Harper-Smith joined PAHS junior Aiesha LaTourette and senior Julienne Jacobs at state as well.

Edwards tied for 71st in floor (8.25), and was 72nd on bars (6.2) and 73rd on vault (7.85).

Harper-Smith tied for 75th on bars (6.05) and was 78th on beam (7.125) and 85th on vault (7.30).

LaTourette tied for 47th on the vault (8.275 points) and tied for 71st on floor (8.25).

Jacobs tied for 85th on floor exercise with 7.375 points and placed 86th on bars (5.15).

“The girls performed well and I am so proud of them,” coach Jacki Mangano said.

“Competing at this level is completely different than most of our girls are used to. Gymnastics is a physically but also mentally stressful sport and nerves certainly come into play.”

Mangano noted that three of the state qualifying girls are freshman and four of them had never competed in a postseason meet before.

“It was a really good experience for them to see so many high level gymnasts and all of them have new goals for next season,” Mangano said.

“I think they will be more relaxed and better prepared after having experienced the state meet this weekend.”

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