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Gymnasts spring to season’s top mark

Brooke Nall vaults during recent competition. - JESSE BEALS/Staff photo
Brooke Nall vaults during recent competition.
— image credit: JESSE BEALS/Staff photo

The Spartans enter the new year close to perfection in two of the five events.

The Bainbridge gymnastics team got back into full swing last week.

And they did it in grand style, reaching an all-time team high with a score of 175.65.

The Spartans also set the record for the highest gymnastics score in the state on the year, while winning the dual meet over Chief Sealth and West Seattle.

“We had a great meet,” said coach Cindy Guy. “All of the kids did really well. We scored well and had fun.”

By winning their first competition in the new year, they used every gymnast and every performance to set a school record 175.65 over Metro Conference foes West Seattle, with 146.85, and Chief Sealth, which finished at 56.15.

The Spartan girls had setting the school mark among their yearly goals, and have more on the horizon with the postseason a month away.

They came close to the perfect 45 score as a team in two of the five events,

The Spartans scored 44.1 in the balance beam, with Marie Welsh taking first with a 9.30, and Sophie Wenzlau claiming third on an 8.9 performance.

The pair stepped in for teammate Brooke Nall, who finished in sixth on a rare slip that dropped her score. Wenzlau nudged past Brittany Belt, who had 8.85 in the event.

Their top event score on the day was in the floor exercises. Bainbridge amassed 44.85 from the nine gymnasts who participated – just 15 hundredths off a perfect score.

Bainbridge medaled four on the floor, led by Nall’s 9.45 and Welsh scoring 9.3 for third. Brittany Belt and Wenzlau claimed fifth and sixth, respectively.

Junior Liz Annis finished with 32.8 on the day, nine hundredths off a sixth-place overall finish.

Bainbridge swept the first three spots in three events, finishing 1-2-3 and four in the parallel bars while scoring 42.9. Emily Basile earned sixth.

They took the top three spots in vault, with Corrine Wise of West Seattle who tied Wenzlau for third at 8.60, the only interruption across six medal placements.

Guy called the results a team win on the basis of everyone’s performance and “an incredibly high level” of team support.

“I am especially proud of Marie and Stella,” Guy said of Welsh and Wilson who are in their first year. “Both did great as freshmen.”

The uncharacteristic slip by Nall in the beam competition exemplified the force of team for the Spartans. She was picked up by Welsh, who nailed a 9.3 to take first in that event.

Later, Nall was nearly perfect with a 9.45 on her floor exercises. And she claimed first in the vault with a 9.35, and the bars with a 9.2 scoring.

“We’ve come back from the break focused, which is tough,” Guy said. “But we’ve asked each of the girls to add some twists, to add points for difficulty.”

The Spartans had a chance to perfect those new moves last night in a dual meet at Ingraham against Nathan Hale.

The Bainbridge gymnasts’ next home meet is at 6 p.m. Jan. 21.

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