The injury-riddled Redmond High gymnastics team performed well at the Sea-King District meet at Sammamish High School last Saturday, but failed to advance anyone to the 4A state meet this weekend.
Team captain Ally Garcia, battling a foot injury she suffered last week during a vault, toughed it out to score a 9.025 in the floor, her best Districts performance of her prep career.
Unfortunately, Garcia placed ninth, just 0.025 of a point shy of her first state berth.
On the vault, Chelsea Polk’s solid front handspring netted her 8.25, and on the beam Rachel Lovitt was high for the Mustangs with a stellar 7.65 considering she only recently picked up the sport of gymnastics.
“That is extremely impressive since she isn’t a gymnast and doesn’t have the acrobatic skills that the other girls have,” said head coach Jason Farr on Lovitt’s performance. “She worked extremely hard all season and really showed what plain hard work and determination can accomplish.”
As a team, the Mustangs placed eighth in the league and will lose Polk and Garcia to graduation this spring, but Farr is already looking forward to working with his remaining girls again next season.
“I’m optimistic for next year,” he said. “As for this season I’m extremely proud of what the girls have been able to and overcome to get where they did.”