The Woodinville High School varsity gymnastics team found momentum at the beginning of the season, and they plan to keep it going as the last two meets quickly approach.

Head coach Kathie Koch said the Lady Falcons dominated in both December competitions over North Creek, Skyline and Inglemoor high schools.

“I think the biggest strength of this team is their friendship and their commitment to each other,” Koch said. “They all work really hard in the gym because they don't want to let down their teammates. They push each other in the best of ways.”

Woodinville walked away with a win against Skyline on Dec. 14. WHS junior Katie Barker exceled in the vault (first place), floor routine (first place) and bars (second place), according to the WHS gymnastics website.

Dec. 14 - Team Scores:

  • Woodinville:  165.4
  • Skyline:  155.5

Woodinville Individual All-Around Results:

  • 1st- Junior Katie Barker 
  • 3rd- Junior Gigi Calozza 
  • 4th- Freshman Ainsley Mann
  • 5th- Sophomore Sophie Brittingham 
  • 6th- Senior Keilee McElrath
  • 8th- Sophomore Sarah Ruana

The Lady Falcons kicked off the season with a meet against league rivals North Creek and Inglemoor on Dec. 9. Sophomore Emily Brouwers earned first place in the bars and beam. Barker took first for vault and floor. 

Dec. 9 - Team Scores:

  • Woodinville: 174.85
  • North Creek: 161.65
  • Inglemoor: 153.95

Woodinville Individual All-Around Results:

  • 1st- Sophomore Emily Brouwers 
  • 2nd- Junior Katie Barker 
  • 3rd- Freshman Ainsley Mann
  • 4th- Junior Gigi Calozza 
  • 6th- Senior Emma Mann
  • 8th- Senior Keilee McElrath
  • Koch said some team members were injured early in the season, which allowed for other athletes to step up and fill the open spots in the lineup.

On Jan. 5, the meet against Mount Si and Lake Washington high schools was cancelled because of severe winter weather, Koch said. The team couldn’t practice at the gym, she said, so the cancellation was a relief for some gymnasts.

“They were disappointed not to compete but glad to get in some practice time to prepare for our next competition,” she said.

Koch said the largest challenge this season has been practicing and competing during a pandemic. Some teammates couldn’t participate because of close contacts with COVID-19, which interrupted their practice time. She added that others couldn’t participate in meets, which put pressure on their teammates to fill their spots. 

“I am so impressed with the resiliency the girls have shown this year and that they always have each other’s back,” Koch said.

She added that the team is working to become more consistent on both the beam and bars. It is not enough in gymnastics to do well in your basic skills occasionally, Koch said. The athletes need to complete them correctly on the day that counts, she added. 

Koch said she looks forward to seeing the team’s hard work pay off during the last meets and postseason competition. 

“I think the girls have worked out a few things in our first few meets and are ready to really ‘hit’ in the upcoming meets,” Koch said. “We haven't had a meet yet where all the girls could compete, so fingers crossed that will happen soon.”

Woodinville competed against Bothell and Eastlake High Schools on Jan. 11 at Bothell. The scores for the meet were not available by the time of publication. Visit for updated scores.       

Coming up, the Lady Falcons will compete against Inglemoor, Bothell and North Creek high schools at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. The meet takes place at Inglemoor High School, 15500 Simonds Road NE, Kenmore. 

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.