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NK's Seferos takes 6th on beam | Gymnastics
TACOMA — Chloe Seferos was just out of reach of placing in the top 10 of the beam event during the first round of the 2A/3A State Gymnastics Championships Feb. 21.
Seferos finished the event in 12th place on the first day of the championship meet in the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Her score of 9.100 was enough to advance to the second round.
Seferos had one more shot to earn a better score and move up in the ranking. She took it.
“She did really well on [Feb. 22],” North Kitsap head coach Kris Goodfellow said.
Seferos was able to move up six places in the ranking during the finals, taking sixth with a score of 8.825. Though she scored lower than her first attempt, it was enough to move up during the finals.
Sammamish’s NyKaela Dodson took first in the beam event with a score of 9.425.
The last time a North Kitsap gymnast placed in the top 10 on beam at state was 2007, when Kai Morrow finished fifth. North Kitsap was competing as a 4A school then.
Seferos’ finish on beam follows her sixth place finish on vault in 2013. Because she’s “been having trouble” with vault, Seferos did not perform to her highest level during the state event this year, Goodfellow said. It wasn’t worth risking an injury on vault, when Seferos had three other events to compete in, Goodfellow added.
Seferos missed a shot at competing on floor in the finals by hundredths. She finished with a score of 9.350. Three athletes tied for 15th with scores of 9.400.
Seferos’ finish compliments the North Kitsap’s feat of attending state as a team. Carah Brown and Jessica Dimof — along with Seferos — competed in all events.
Team captain Sarah Zimmerman, Mara Ong, Grace DeMeurisse, Alison Pariera, and Brienne Palmer all competed as well. The team finished eighth out of eight with a score of 154.825 — up from its district score. It was the third time the North Kitsap team qualified for state.
Qualifying for state after a rough start to the season may be award enough. The Kingston and North Kitsap teams were without much — if any — equipment to practice on after Zero Gravity in Kingston closed. The teams then borrowed equipment, practicing in the North Kitsap Commons and facilities in Silverdale when they could.
“Despite all of that, still did well enough to go to state,” Goodfellow said.