SNOQUALMIE — The Woodinville express rolls on.
Led by all-around champ Marisa Savage, the Woodinville gymnastics team closed in on the school’s fifth 4A state title in eight years with a decisive win Saturday night in a 4A district meet (Districts 2 and 4) at Mount Si High School.
The Falcons (177.225 points) will be joined at the state meet Friday at the Tacoma Dome by Newport (169.85), a surprise second-place finisher at Mount Si, plus Mead (170.025) and Puyallup (169.85), the top finishers in the Districts 3 and 8 meet at Mount Rainier High School.
In 3A/2A competition, Mount Si (164.125), Holy Names (157.125) and Lake Washington (149.925) qualified at Mount Si for the eight-team 3A/2A state field in Tacoma. At Mount Rainier, two-time state champ Enumclaw (172.375) easily advanced along with Decatur (160.05) and North Kitsap (153.425).
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Dominant all season, Woodinville soared Saturday thanks to standout efforts by Savage (37.35 in all-around) and Emily Paratore (35.375, placing sixth). Savage, a sophomore and a former level 8 club competitor, finished in the top five of all four events, winning bars with a glittering 9.6.
“I struggled on it a little bit in warmups,” she said. “I thought my routine might be off, but it turned into a good one.”
Paratore won on beam (9.45) and placed second to Savage on bars (9.15). Woodinville had four gymnasts in the top 10 on bars, three each on beam and floor.
“We’re a really deep team,” said coach Kim Smothermon.
Newport’s Candace Ho (37.1) and Jenna Hayes of Eastlake (36.325) finished second and third in all-around. Hayes won the vault with a 9.5.
After twice finishing behind Bothell in previous meets, Newport claimed the meet’s second berth to state by edging Bothell (168.225) by a narrow margin.
“We feel like won the Super Bowl,” Newport coach Melissa Baker said. “We knew after KingCo we were the underdogs, so we adopted a slogan for our postseason mentality. Russell Wilson, even though he was short, said his dad always told him, ‘Why not you, Russell?’ So we adopted the idea. Why not us?”
Earlier in the 3A/2A meet, Mount Si junior Jenn Rogers won the all-around by edging Sammamish junior Nykaela Dodson 36.0 to 35.975.
Hannah Walsh (34.7) placed third in all-around. Elena Fowler of Holy Names and Sarah Rice of Bainbridge tied for fourth at 34.245. Bellevue’s Michelle Louie, the winner on bars (8.775), took sixth in all-around (34.35).
First-place finishers included Fowler (vault, 9.325), Rogers (beam, 9.05) and Walsh (floor, 9.575). Rogers placed second on bars and floor, fourth on vault.
In the 4A district meet at Mount Rainier, defending 4A champion Emerald Ridge (168.0) placed third in team scores, barely missing the cut for a state berth.
Mead’s Jenna Schlosser won the all-around (37.575), followed by Kate Jacobsen of Puyallup (36.575), Kentlake’s Ashley Pernell (36.075), McKinzie Carter of Central Valley (35.675) and Mount Rainier’s Ava Welch (34.95). Schlosser took first in three events: bars (9.275), beam (9.4) and floor (9.65). Puyallup’s Summer Barrett won vault (9.45).
In the 3A/2A meet, Enumclaw took the top three spots in all-around, with Victoria Hernandez (36.725) surprising senior Olivia Bannerot (36.175) to take first. Teammate Emily Berte took third (34.8), followed by Kiley McCain of Sumner (34.475) and Decatur’s Anna Paradee (34.275).