Woodinville Gymnastics second at State

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Back row from left are Mina Rothaus, Sidney Mays and Hana Roberto. Front row from left are Lexi Bernhoft, Emma Mann, Tena Heys and Katie Barker. Photo by Krystie Pilukas

BELLEVUE—The Lady Falcons gave it their best shot at the state gymnastics championship held at Sammamish High Scholl over the weekend but came up shy in their bid for another title, finishing runner-up to Camas High for the third straight year.

“We had a great day for the team competition,” Coach Kathie Koch said. “We had some very specific goals going into this meet, and we were able to meet every one of them. I am extremely pleased with the team’s performance. The girls stayed mentally focused throughout the competition and that really showed. They really worked as a team to build each other’s confidence and remain calm in stressful situations. It has been really fun to see the tight bond these girls have built during these post season weeks.”

Woodinville had five girls competing in the individual event finals. Senior Teana Heys was the highest placer finishing seventh in the Floor exercise.

“Floor was the last event and Teana was the very last gymnast to compete in the entire competition,” Koch said. “When she saluted the judge at the end of her routine she knew after a long a successful gymnastics career (at Woodinville High School) that was her last routine ever.  As our lone senior, Teana is retiring from gymnastics. She hopes to continue with cheer in college so her gymnastics skills will be helpful in that pursuit.”  

Sidney Mays tied for ninth in All-Around, Heys was eleventh. Lexi Bernhoft placed ninth on Beam, Katie Barker finished eleventh on Bars.

Reflecting back over the course of the season Koch said the team met all of her expectations.

“I really could not be prouder of these girls,” Koch said. “They went undefeated through regular season and Districts. They pushed each other to learn new skills and get stronger and cleaner with current skills. But most importantly, they’ve worked hard, had fun, and have built solid friendships with their teammates. I feel very blessed to work with such amazing kids.”

Woodinville may not have finished in the ideal spot this time round, but the team has been on an amazing run winning four straight Class 4A state titles twice, 2014-17 and 2007-10, and placing first or second at state every year except one for the past 14 seasons.

No doubt Koch will have her girls vying for another successful season in 2020.

“We’ll have a strong group starting out next season,” Koch said. “We are only graduating one senior so we have a lot of experienced kids coming back.”

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