Newcomer anchors Mount Si in season-opening gymnastics victory

Mount Si High School’s gymnastics team, backed by one of their newcomers, started out the season strong last Thursday night, scoring a big Kingco 4A win over Issaquah.

Sidney Aspinall led the way for the Wildcats in the 161.3-147.4 victory over the Eagles at Issaquah High School. Aspinall won the all-around competition, scoring a 34.75, and her big performance was anchored by an event win in the uneven bars and strong scores in the beam and floor events. The junior scored a 9.0 on the bars to win that event; she was the only athlete to hit that 9.0 score in that competition. Aspinall also scored 9.05 on the floor to finish fourth in that event and took second on beam with a solid 8.6.

Once again, as has been the custom in past years, floor exercise proved to be the bread and butter for Mount Si, helping them get the win. Five Wildcats placed in the top ten, led by Aspinall, and also anchored by a 9.0 from Tylor Zwiefelhofer which was good for fifth. Shelby Johnson (8.7, seventh), Anna Steenvoorde (8.5, eighth) and Lauren Bennetts (7.8, 10th) also made the top ten for Mount Si.

Mount Si also had five top-tens in the bars, led by Aspinall. Morgan Lowell took fourth with a 7.05, followed in fifth through seventh by Zwiefelhofer, Johnson and Sarah Christopherson. It was the same story on vault, except Johnson won the event as opposed to Aspinall; she scored a 9.2. Lauren Bennetts took fourth scoring 8.2, followed by a two-way tie for fifth from Aspinall and Zwiefelhofer, who both had 8.1’s. Christopherson rounded it out with a seventh-place 8.0.

Lowell had an 8.2 on beam to take third in that event, behind Aspinall, to close out the highlights on the meet.

Mount Si is home Thursday hosting Newport. The meet begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be a big one as the Wildcats before the season in our preview identified the Knights as the team they most likely have to beat in order to earn a postseason berth. Getting that head-to-head meeting will be very critical, so get out and support the girls on Thursday. The meet is at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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