Four Auburn Mountainview gymnasts, one Auburn athlete advance to state meet

Auburn senior Ashley Bechard. - Rachel Ciampi/Reporter
Auburn senior Ashley Bechard.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/Reporter

Auburn Mountainview advanced four gymnasts to this weekend's state 3A championships at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Senior Hanna Houck, a returning state competitor, earned the chance to compete in three individual events with her performance at this past weekend's West Central District III/Southwest District 4 3A meet at Mount Rainier High School.

Houck scored an 8.625 on the beam, a 7.225 on bars and a 8.100 on the vault.

Houck did not make the cut in the all-around competition despite a 32.475 score.

Also moving on for the Lions is senior Kelly Watrous who will compete on the floor, vault and beam. Watrous had an 8.500 on the floor, an 8.100 on the vault and a 7.765 on beam.

Senior Delaney Ralph also moves on to state with a 7.400 on beam and senior Emily Morgan qualified with a 6.300 on bars.

Now it's all about preparing for the final meet of the girls' prep career, Auburn Mountainview head coach Andrew Stranack said.

"This week we run through their routines and fine tune the details," he said. "The skill learning is over at this point so we need to do what we do and do it clean. Mentally I keep them from getting too stressed, keep them having fun. My goals for the kids at state are to do their best and have fun with it. They are all seniors so they need to make it a memorable meet."

Enumclaw won the district team competition with a 172.375 team score.

Victoria Hernandez posted a first-place 36.725 in the all-around, edging her Enumclaw teammates Olivia Bannerot – second with a 36.175 – and Emily Berte – third with a 34.800.

The state championship meet gets under way at 9 a.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall and continues at 11 a.m. Saturday.

ALSO: In the 4A district meet Auburn senior Ashley Bechard qualified for the state meet with a 8.700 score on the beam. Mead's Jenna Schlosser was first in the district all-around with a 37.575 score. Mead won the team competition with a 170.025 team points.

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