TACOMA — Chloe Seferos hadn’t performed a suke on vault until the end of the regular season.
The suke (tsuk) was difficult to practice on the vault table at Zero Gravity Athletics. It wasn’t until North Kitsap defeated Bainbridge Island Jan. 25 that Seferos threw the suke to help hand Bainbridge its first home loss since 2000.
Though the suke — a rotating backflip — was not part of her arsenal for most of the season, it came in useful during the finals of the 1A/2A/3A State Championships Feb. 16.
“Her vault on Saturday was better than on Friday,” North Kitsap head coach Kris Goodfellow said.
Seferos placed sixth on Vault, scoring 9.450. She performed a tucked suke.
Kamiakin’s Kelsey Jaquish finished first on Vault with 9.675.
The last gymnast from North Kitsap that placed in the finals at State was Kai Morrow during the 2004-05 season, Goodfellow said.
Seferos qualified for the state championship in all-around. She finished 16th in all-around on the first day of the championships with a total score of 35.050.
Seferos was joined at State by Carah Brown (Vault, Uneven Bars, Floor), Jessica Dimof (Uneven Bars), D’Anne Davidson (Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor), Alison Pariera (Uneven Bars) and Sarah Zimmerman (Floor).
Kingston High School gymnasts at State included Megan Keller (Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor), Lizzy Garcia (Uneven Bars, Balance Beam), and Megan Kelly (Balance Beam, Floor).
Seferos was the only gymnast from the North Kitsap School District to advance to the finals.
“It was just a really good day,” Goodfellow said. “They all had a really good time.”
During the first day, Davidson had a good routine on Beam; she just didn’t score high enough to advance, Goodfellow said.
Though she wasn’t felling well, Brown did her best, Goodfellow said.
And Zimmerman had her own Super Bowl XLVII-esque moment. Zimmerman was preparing for her floor routine when a bank of lights went out. She was last to perform and waited 20 minutes for the lights to come back on. The routine didn’t work out in the end.
“It’s not the routine she wanted to do,” Goodfellow said.