Behind the all-around performances of Lexi and Lizzy McKnight, Kentridge qualified as a team for state following a solid performance in the 4A West Central District gymnastics finals at Auburn Mountainview High School on Saturday.
Lexi McKnight delivered an all-around score of 36.6, fourth best among all competitors, and her sister Lizzy was sixth (35.175) as the Chargers racked up a score of 157.9 to finish fourth in the team chase.
Emerald Ridge (162.600) won the district title followed by Kentlake (162.350) and Auburn Mountainview (161.7).
The top four teams, 19 individual performers and seven all-around gymnasts earned tickets to this Friday and Saturday’s state meet at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.
Auburn’s Ali Tate captured the all-around title with a score of 37.375 on the strength of a dazzling and winning 9.375 on the uneven bars, a second on the vault (9.625), a fourth in the floor exercise (9.4) and a fifth on the balance beam (8.975).
Lexi McKnight won the beam (9.425), took second on the floor (9.5), finished fourth on the bars (8.725) and was seventh on the vault (8.95),
Lizzy McKnight posted fifths on the vault (9.075) and floor (9.375) and a seventh on the bars (8.175).
For Kentlake, Cecelia Loudermilk had the seventh-best all-around score (35.025) with the help of a 9.075 on the floor and an 8.75 on the bar (third), and Cassie Padilla was ninth (34.075) boosted by a 9.15 on the floor.