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State Gymnastics Glance

A glance at Friday’s and Saturday’s Class AAA state gymnastics meet in the Tacoma Dome. Team competition is Friday, individual finals are Saturday:

Class AAA

Defending team champion: Newport of Bellevue, ending Sehome’s six-year reign.

Defending individual champions: Farrah Fabian, Newport, vault.

Team title favorites: Newport, which scored 176.45 at district, and Sehome, which scored 175.75. GSL team qualifiers:

University, which scored 169.0 to win regional, and Central Valley, which scored 166.2 to finish second.

All-around contenders: Dana Riste, Kamiakin, 37.1 at regional; Stefanie Thompson, Sehome, 37.0; Mandy Witmer, Sehome, 36.65; Fabian, 36.6; Holly McGuire, Columbia River, 36.575; Shana Staples, Columbia River, 35.4; Tracy Lyne, Decatur, 36.05; Jen-ai DeCano, Newport, 35.95.

University all-around contenders: Kim Meyers, 34.55, third at regional; Amber Hulbert, 33.65, seventh; Kalie Cossette, 33.25, ninth.

Central Valley all-around contenders: Angie Giroux, 35.05, second at regional; Michelle Gharst, 34.50, fourth; Bethany Porter, 33.4, eighth.

Other top 10 district placers for University and Central Valley: Coleen Pierce, Rachelle Quinn from U-Hi; Lindsay Linerud from CV.

GSL individual qualifiers: Kelly Herron (floor, beam, bars), Amanda Dibble (floor), Heather Salo (vault), Kelsie Slack (beam) from Mead; Leah Dodge (bars), Angela Jensen (beam), Lisa Becker (beam) from North Central; Mary Bass (bars), Shadle Park. Kacey Frederickson (beam), Melanie Wild (vault) and Shannon George (bars) from Ferris.

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