Lady Falcons are second, again

  • Written by Don Mann
Photo by Douglas Smith The 2013 Lady Falcons take the podium following a second place finish. From left to right: Maddie Thoma, Kate Bailey, Emily Paratore, Kara Barton, Samantha Jensen, Madison Engel, Tessa King, Abby Webb, Candace Nelson, Katherine Smith and Sabrina Nelson.
Second place at state. By half a point.

That’s how close it was for the Woodinville gymnastics team, which entered the Tacoma Dome for the Class 4A championships with high hopes and brimming confidence on the heels of its finest performance of the season at Districts, ready to reclaim the state title after a second place finish last year — and four in a row from 2007-2010.

But evidently Emerald Ridge didn’t get the memo.

The Jaguars from Puyallup, in its maiden voyage to state, overcame a two-point deficit with a clutch vault performance in the final rotation to defeat the Lady Falcons 174.05 to 173.475 Friday at the Exhibition Hall.

Woodinville finished second to Mead last year by 0.875 point.

“Really close,” Woodinville coach Kim Smothermon told the Seattle Times. “We had a few wobbles on each event, and when the difference is just half a point, that matters. But overall the girls did really well and I’m proud.”

Woodinville sophomore Emily Paratore (35.825) took sixth in all-around and Madison Engel, the Falcons’ lone senior, finished ninth at 35.2.

In the Day 2 Individual Championships, Paratore finished fourth on bars while Engel and Katherine Smith placed fourth and fifth on beam.

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