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Vikes hand Spartans first home loss since 2000 | Gymnastics

BAINBRIDGE — The Bainbridge Spartans gymnastics team had lofty goals this season.

The team didn’t have a regular season loss since 2001 and hadn’t lost at home since 2000 — two records the 2012-13 team wanted to maintain.

Those goals were stopped short Jan. 25, when the North Kitsap Vikings defeated the Spartans at home 155.45 to 154.7. The non-league meet was the last of the regular season.

“Whoops,” North Kitsap coach Kris Goodfellow said after finding out about Bainbridge’s goal to hold onto those records.

The Kingston Buccaneers came in third at the meet, scoring 139.75.

It was a good feeling to win as a team, senior D’Anne Davidson said. Davidson, who qualified for all events at the 2012 2A State Championships, said having beaten the Spartans at home may show the Vikings they can accomplish more than they thought.

“It was pretty exciting,” Davidson said.

North Kitsap freshman Chloe Seferos scored the highest against the Spartans, earning a 9.4 on vault. Though it was good to see her home team win, it was also slightly uncomfortable.

“It was fun, because of winning on my home team,” Seferos said. “But it’s weird, because I workout with all the girls [on Bainbridge] and it felt like — I don’t know — I was butting heads with them.”

Seferos participates in club gymnastics on Bainbridge, so the high school’s gymnasium could also be considered her home gym. Kingston and North Kitsap use Zero Gravity Athletics in Kingston.

Throughout the season, Seferos has been practicing a handspring vault at Zero Gravity; a handspring vault requires hands to touch the table and flip. However, Seferos was able to throw a suke during the Jan. 25 meet — a suke requires hands to touch the table, the body to rotate and do a backflip before landing. The different vault table setup may have allowed her to perform the suke, Goodfellow said.

The Vikings have momentum, which could help the team see its first State appearance since 2010, when the Vikings took eighth in the 2A finals.

Individual Viking gymnasts have qualified for State since 2001.

The Bucs and Vikings competed in the league meet Thursday against Port Angeles, North Thurston and Timberline. Two teams, seven individuals and three all-arounds advance to the West Central District III meet Feb. 9.

The league meet and Districts are both held at Mount Rainier High School this season. Competing in the same location for both could give the Vikings an advantage over those schools who haven’t competed in the venue this season and aren’t as comfortable, Goodfellow said.

Goodfellow would like to see the Vikings make State as a team. The team’s highest score is that from the Jan. 25 meet against Bainbridge. Goodfellow said team’s such as Enumclaw and Decatur will be difficult to compete with.

Enumclaw, for example is achieving scores in the 170s. During the 1A/2A/3A State finals in 2012, Enumclaw took first as a team scoring 177.6. Bainbridge took third with 167.525.

But Goodfellow is working with a team with talent goes deeper than the top athletes. She said it’s been difficult to decide who will be competing in the top five spots for each event — only five scores are counted in each event.

“We just have to keep working hard and be more confident in ourselves and know we are able to do it,” Davidson said of making State.

 

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