The schedule and gymnasts to watch at the state gymnastics championships Friday and Saturday in Tacoma.
Where — Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall
Friday — Team and all-around finals. Class 4A teams and individual qualifiers at 9 a.m. Class 3A/2A individual qualifiers at 1:15 p.m., teams at 6:20 p.m.
Saturday — Individual event finals (4A/3A/2A), 11 a.m.
Tickets — Single-day: $15 (adult) and $11 (seniors, students). All-tournament: $23 and $17.
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Three to watch
CANDACE HO, Newport: The junior placed third in 4A all-around at state last year, and last week at district posted a career-best prep score (37.975). She’ll be pushed by Emerald Ridge seniors CaroLyne Schmidt (37.425 at district) and Elizabeth Clemens (36.65) and the Woodinville duo of Madison Engel and Emily Paratore (both with 36.275).
NYKAELA DODSON, Sammamish: High-flying sophomore managed a modest 36.25 while winning 3A/2A district in her home gym last week but was a misstep away from a 38.5 the week before at KingCo meet. Watch for her full gainer dismount on beam.
OLIVIA BANNEROT, Enumclaw: State 3A/2A all-around runner-up last year as a sophomore will be in the thick of a crowded battle for top spot this year with Dodson and Highline senior Kristen Rodal (a district winner last week with 38.2). Others in the fray: Maddison Ward and Molly Mattheis, Enumclaw; Mia Alvarez, Highline; Sarah Rice, Bainbridge.
Woodinville, with a deep roster that posted a season-best 177.3 points at district last week, is shooting for fifth 4A state title in seven seasons. Falcons won four straight 2007-10. Emerald Ridge of Puyallup (176.375 at district) has the talent to win in its state-meet debut.
Defending 3A/2A champ Enumclaw posted season-high 179.425 at district, more than 10 points higher than any other state qualifier. Top contenders to produce an upset: Mount Si (169.175 at district), Decatur (168.65) and Vancouver’s Columbia River (164.15).
More meet info: wiaa.com