The expanded Klahhane Gymnastics teams had a solid start to their season at the Pumpkin Fest Meet at Metropolitan Gymnastics in Kent on Nov. 5.
For the newly formed bronze team members, this was their first introduction to competition.
“We were looking for a relatively small meet but one with a high level of competition and this one was a great fit,” Klahhane director Jan Urfer said.
The team exceeded expectations, she said, with five out of the eight gymnasts achieving or exceeding the 35.0 qualifying score to advance to the state meet in the spring.
Bronze Division gymnastics only receive all-around awards and are awarded an event ribbon for individual events. No team awards were given.
Receiving medals were CarlyMae Riggs, first, Junior A (37.35 all-around); Sequim’s Paytynn Lindley, third, Senior A (36.20); Lainey Depiro, fourth, Senior B (35.95); and Charlotte Nevil, fifth, Junior B (35.50).
Also receiving a state-qualifying score was Raeleigh Thomason, Senior B (35.20). McKinlee Thomason, Junior C; Morgan Smith, Senior A; and Harper Waterkotte, Senior A, round out the bronze team roster.
Returning team members competing in the gold and platinum divisions in the afternoon session also turned in solid performances. The qualifying score for state in the gold and platinum divisions is a 34.0 all-around.
Gracelyn Goss finished third all-around in Junior A (35.125) and finished first on uneven bars (9.40). Harper Hilliker of Sequim was fifth in junior A (34.250) and second in the floor exercise (9.30).
In the Junior B age group, Elyse Brown and Sequim’s Daylen Williams tied for fourth (35.225). Brown picked up second in the vault (9.125) and third on the bars (9.150). Williams finished first on the bars (9.20). Raynee Ciarlo also competed for the gold team.
Scarlett Sullivan achieved a state-qualifying score of 34.575 in the platinum division. Also competing in the platinum division were Kira Hartman and Lucy Spelker of Sequim.