Prep sports: Kent gymnastics teams get ready to vault into winter season

Coming up on the horizon for winter sports in Kent is gymnastics.

Kentridge and Kentlake both had athletes competing at the state tournament at Sammamish High School. Kentlake was represented by just one athlete and Kentridge was represented by two athletes.

Krystal Bell from Kentlake participated in two events at the 3A state championship. She tied for 68 on vault and cracked the top 50 on the beam, finishing tied for 47.

Kentridge had two athletes compete in at least three events, with that exception being Viki Nikolov, who competed in four. Nikolov placed tied for 37th on beam, tied for 31st on vault and tied for 33rd on bars. Her best event was the floor where she tied for fifth overall. Her teammate Elle Schlecht also did extremely well on the floor as well finishing in 11th. Schlecht also was tied for 33rd on vault and 28th on bars.

Kentlake’s first home meet this season is Dec. 14 as they welcome Tahoma and Kennedy Catholic. Kentwood does not have a home meet all year, but does play three of their six meets at Kent-Meridian. KM hosts Kentwood, Kentlake, and Kennedy Catholic on Dec. 7 to open up their season. Kentridge’s first home meet is in the new year on Jan. 4, when they take on Kennedy Catholic, Kentwood and Kent-Meridian. All meets start at 7 p.m.

About gymnastics

Gymnastics consists of four different events and one classification where athletes can compete in all four categories.

For the first category, we’ll start with the floor, in which an athlete will choose a routine paired with music. The routine is accomplished by doing a set of leaps, flips, twists and turns. The athlete is then judged based on their execution and form as well as staying in bounds through the duration of their routine.

The next category is the vault. The vault is set up with a runway that leads to a spring board to what is referred to as a vaulting table. The athlete runs down the runway, then leaps off the springboard. They then use the vault to help twist and turn off the table. The judges score the event based on the height and distance as well as the athlete’s stability when landing on the mat.

Following the vault, we move to the balance beam. The beam is four feet in the air. Gymnasts focus on keeping their balance while doing turns, flips and jumps. The judge scores the athlete by how stable they are on the beam, and the difficulty of the actions they do on the beam.

The uneven parallel bars are the last event for gymnasts. The lower set of bars is set at 5.4 feet and the higher bar is 7.8 feet in the air. While on the bars, gymnasts jump between bars and do flips and twists. They receive points based on the quality of skill and level of complexity. They are also scored on their dismount and keeping a straight line throughout their routine.

The final event is the all around. To be an all around athlete means that gymnasts will compete in every single event.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

Gonzaga women’s basketball to honor ex-Kentwood star Vandersloot

WNBA player to have Gonzaga jersey retired and hung at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane

Kentridge senior Dominic Randhawa plays tight defense on a Federal Way player. Photo Credit: Dee Torres
Federal Way drops Kentridge boys in heavyweight bout

Eagles pull away in second quarter en route to 76-62 victory

Kentwood High boys and girls basketball teams fall to Tahoma

Bears dominate Conquerors in both NPSL games

Kentwood senior Sarah Wright after her first win of the night. Photo Credit: Ben Ray/ The Reporter
Kentwood senior Sarah Wright after her first win of the night. Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Kentwood’s Sarah Wright goes undefeated at girls wrestling meet

Kentwood, Kentridge, Kent Meridian and Kentlake compete beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Kentwood High School.

Pickleball Rising license plate, designed by Laramie Studio in Seattle (Seattle Metro Pickleball Association)
Washington pickleball fans may may soon have special license plate

Enthusiasts are teaming up on a bill for a special plate. Proceeds would build and maintain courts.

Kentlake’s Omari Williams dishes a pass to a teammate. Photo Credit: Ben Ray/ The Reporter
King Showcase: Kentridge boys and Kentwood girls come out on top

Kent high school basketball teams went 2-1 in the accesso ShoWare Center… Continue reading

Kentwood freshman Brandon Tagle plays defense against Auburn. Photos by Ben Ray/The Reporter
Basketball: Kentwood drops close game to defending state champs

On Jan. 13, the Kentwood Conquerors fell to the Auburn Trojans, 65-61,… Continue reading

Martin Sortun and Lake Youngs win Kent elementary schools volleyball crown

Martin Sortun and Lake Youngs were crowned champions at the Kent elementary… Continue reading

Photos by Ben Ray/the Mirror
Titan wrestler Nazar Kharlanov stacks his opponent in the first round Dec. 7.
Todd Beamer wrestling team takes down Kentlake

Todd Beamer High School began their boys wrestling duel season Dec. 7… Continue reading

Kentridge seniors Xzavier Randhawa and Alex Connor running up the floor on offense against Auburn Mountainview. Photo by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Kentridge beats Lions by 18, extends win streak to three games | Basketball

The Kentridge Chargers took down the Lions of Auburn Mountainview 76-58 on… Continue reading

Seattle Thunderbirds move to No. 1 in Canadian Hockey League poll

First top ranking of the season for Kent-based team

565 participate in 40th Kent Christmas Rush 10K/5K run/walk

Tahoma High senior Daniel Castelluccio, 17, wins 10K