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Spartans boast plenty of personal bests in Metro meet

Sarah Rice had her best score of the season in the vault event against Nathan Hale and West Seattle last week, and the Spartan standout also stayed undefeated as Bainbridge High’s all-around titlist. - Brian Kelly / Bainbridge Island Review
Sarah Rice had her best score of the season in the vault event against Nathan Hale and West Seattle last week, and the Spartan standout also stayed undefeated as Bainbridge High’s all-around titlist.
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The Spartans dodged any post-holiday letdown with an impressive win in girls gymnastics over West Seattle and Nathan Hale late last week.

Spartan Coach Cindy Guy said her Bainbridge team used the long holiday break to work on improving skills, rather than focusing much on their routines, and the plan paid off.

Bainbridge won the meet late last week with 153.35 points. West Seattle finished in second with 144.90; and Nathan Hale was third with 144.80.

“I thought the results were really great,” Guy said.

“We scored three points higher than our team goal. We were very happy about that,” she said.

Sarah Rice won the all-around title for the Spartans with a score of 34.90. She remains the team’s undefeated all-around champ this season.

Teammate Marielle Summers was third with 32.55, and Miller Shor claimed fourth for BHS with 32.15.

Rice also won the bars with a score of 8.10 — her highest score of the season in the event.

Shor placed fourth (7.20) and Summers — who challenged herself with an optional bar routine that was much harder than the compulsory routine — was sixth (7.0).

Overall, Guy liked how the Spartans performed their bar routines.

“We had four stick routines, which is good for us. That was an improvement,” the coach said.

Guy said Rice is looking to incorporate one more skill into her bar routine; a handstand, half twist that will push her from 9.5 to 10.

The Spartan standout won on beam as well, and Rice had a first-place score of 8.9.

Just behind in second place was Shor with 8.7 — the best score of her high school career. She was followed by Summers in third, who earned an 8.25.

The Spartans took second, third and fourth place in floor exercise.

Summers was second with 8.95, Shor had a personal best of 8.7 for third, and Rice finished fourth with 8.60.

Rice also won the vault event with a score of 9.30. It was her highest vault score of the season.

Summers was second with 8.35.

Bainbridge won three places in most events during the meet.

“I’m very happy,” Guy said. “We’re feeling really positive about the season and how we’re progressing.”

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