Gymnastics: Sequim-PA squad takes second at home meet

A strong effort from the Wolves and Roughriders in their lone home meet of the season helped them to a second place finish out of four teams on Jan. 15, with only North Thurston finishing ahead of the host crew.

The combined Sequim-Port Angeles crews tallied 148.45 team points, second in each event to champ North Thurston (153.9).

Led by all-around event champion Mikka Yamane — a top-20 placer at state last season — Kingston was second with 143.5 points and north Kitsap fourth with 135 points.

Cassii Middlestead of Port Angeles placed second in all-around scoring with 33.0 point and Sequim’s Emma Sharp was fourth, with 31.35 points.

Sequim’s Lesea Pfeffer was 12th (27.60 points) and teammate Elizabeth Sweet was 13th (27.40).

Sharp and Pfeffer shone on the balance beam, with Sharp second (8.7) only to Kingston’s Yamane, and Pfeffer placing sixth (7.8).

Sweet took fifth place in the floor exercise and Sharp was sixth, with 9.0 and 8.95 marks, respectively.

Sharp placed second on the vault with a score of 8.4, second only to Yamane.

Yamane took first in each individual category except the floor exercise where she placed third.

Sequim athletes compete with Port Angeles during the regular season since Sequim high does not offer the sport; Sequim athletes then represent their own district at postseason tournaments.

Peninsula squad edges Vikings

Less than a point separated this pair of evenly-matched teams.

The Sequim-Port Angeles squad had just enough to slip by North Kitsap with a 139.85-139.2 victory in Poulsbo on Jan. 10.

Sequim’s Sharp led the way with top honors in all-around scoring with 32.2 points; she placed first in vault (8.21), second on bars (6.5) and fourth on both beam (7.9) and floor exercise (7.7).

Port Angeles teammate Cassidy Tamburro was second with 29.35 points after earning a top score on the floor exercise and second on beam.

Sequim’s Pfeffer placed eight in all-around scoring with 25.4 points, including a sixth-place finish on the balance beam (7.3) and eighth on the floor exercise (7.4).

Looking ahead

The Sequim-Port Angeles gymnastics team is at Kingston on Jan. 23.

Top area gymnasts and teams compete in the 2A/3A sub-regional meet in Fife on Feb. 1.

The West Central District meet is slated for Feb. 10 in Auburn, with top athletes from that advancing to the state championships in Tacoma on Feb. 15-17.

Sequim’s Emma Sharp finishes her floor routine with a flourish. She placed sixth in the event and fourth in all-around scoring at the “home” meet in Jan. 15. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Emma Sharp finishes her floor routine with a flourish. She placed sixth in the event and fourth in all-around scoring at the “home” meet in Jan. 15. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Elizabeth Sweet competes in the bars portion of a Jan. 15 home meet against North Thurston, Kingston and North Kitsap. Sweet placed 13th in all-around scoring. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Elizabeth Sweet competes in the bars portion of a Jan. 15 home meet against North Thurston, Kingston and North Kitsap. Sweet placed 13th in all-around scoring. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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