WIAA high school girls’ gymnastics began with a meet held in West Olympia at Ascend Gymnastics December 17, 2002. Olympia High School hosted the meet, which included Enumclaw; the joint team of North Thurston Schools – North Thurston, River Ridge, Timberline; and Puyallup, who was not able to attend the meet.

The North Thurston joint team won the meet, narrowing beating Olympia with 164.55 points to the Bears 160.3 points. Head coach for North Thurston Shannon Brigham, was happy with her team’s effort. “They really pulled it together and gave it their all,” Brigham remarked.

North Thurston High School was led by strong performances from sophomore Saide Mckune and junior Bella Burton. McKune won the all-around score and placed first on the vault. Burton was second all-around and placed first on the beam.

Olympia High School head coach Maggie O’Connor thought the meet was a good starting place for her team’s first meet. “We have a few strong returners and a lot of freshmen and we have a lot of kinks to work out but the girls have a lot of potential,” O’Connor stated after the meet. “We are trying to build consistency from some of our strong returning team members including Kat Castro, Claire Lee, Aubrey McBride and Lily Rose. Senior Jaden Lacy-Roberts is coming off a late season-2022-ending ACL tear and hopes to make a full comeback by the end of the 2023 season.”

Local teams compete in a combination of 3A and 4A WIAA team meets. Olympia and North Thurston Teams join Capital High School in the next meet January 6 hosted by North Thurston at Black Hills Gymnastics in Lacey.

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