Junko Ketch scored a 31.1 in the All Around at the 1A/2A/3A state gymnastics meet. Her best score was an 8.675 in the floor exercise. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Junko Ketch scored a 31.1 in the All Around at the 1A/2A/3A state gymnastics meet. Her best score was an 8.675 in the floor exercise. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

North Kitsap gymnasts finish fifth at 1A/2A/3A state meet

BELLEVUE — The North Kitsap gymnastics team capped a successful year, finishing fifth in the state in 1A/2A/3A after capturing subdistrict and district championships.

The Vikings totaled 159 points on Thursday at Sammamish High School, putting them just outside the top four.

Mount Spokane finished fourth with 171. Lake Washington was the overall winner.

North Kitsap last qualified a full gymnastics team in 2014. The program also went to state in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010.

The cheers were a little louder for the Vikings as the full group of gymnasts traveled from one apparatus to another, helping one another prepare for their routine and providing plenty of enthusiastic encouragement.

“It was pretty cool,” said junior Grace Billings. “We got to have a full van this time — two vans, instead of just a handful of us.”

The Vikings were able to bring a number of freshmen to their first state meet, including Kelsey Derr, who was the team’s top All Around gymnast. Her four-event score of 32.7 placed her 34th overall.

In addition, ninth graders Alivia Palmer, Sienna Taylor, Wren Mason-Todd and Jordynn Lovett also got their first taste of state.

“We have a ton of freshmen, which is really nice,” Goodfellow said. “It sets up well [for the future], and most of them competed today.”

Junko Ketch finished 42nd in the All Around with a 31.1 and Billings was right behind in 43rd with a 30.75.

Derr had the top score for North Kitsap in any individual event, picking up an 8.9 in the balance beam. That was the Vikings’ best event as Billings scored an 8.675, followed by Lovett (8.65), Ketch (8.25) and Mason-Todd (8.25).

“Our beam set was the best this season,” Goodfellow said.

The Vikings also performed well in the floor exercise, scoring a 42.45 as a team, which was the sixth best among the full or partial teams participating. Derr once again had the top score with an 8.7, followed by Ketch (8.675), Palmer (8.525), Billings (8.3) and Taylor (8.25).

1A/2A/3A state gymnastics meet

Team scores (top eight) — Lake Washington, first, 185.725; Sammamish, second, 180.950; Kamiakin, third, 176.425; Mt. Spokane, fourth, 171.900; North Kitsap, fifth, 159.125; Sehome, sixth, 156.025; Columbia River, seventh, 155.550; Timberline, eighth, 142.950.

North Kitsap top five event scores:

Vault — Alivia Palmer, 8.150; Sienna Taylor, 8.075; Kelsey Derr, 7.950; Grace Billings, 7.800; Junko Ketch, 7.725.

Uneven bars — Jordynn Lovett, 7.400; Kelsey Derr, 7.150; Alivia Palmer, 6.950; Junko Ketch, 6.450; Grace Billings, 6.300.

Balance beam — Kelsey Derr, 8.900; Grace Billings, 8.675; Jordyn Lovett, 8.650; Junko Ketch, 8.250; Wren Mason-Todd, 8.250.

Floor exercise — Kelsey Derr, 8.700; Junko Ketch, 8.675; Alivia Palmer, 8.525; Grace Billings, 8.300; Sienna Taylor, 8.250.

Kelsey Derr was the top All Around finisher for North Kitsap, scoring 32.7 over four events. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Kelsey Derr was the top All Around finisher for North Kitsap, scoring 32.7 over four events. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Sienna Taylor competes in the floor exercise where she scored 8.250. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Sienna Taylor competes in the floor exercise where she scored 8.250. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Kelli Stevens leaps for the high bar during her routine on the uneven bars. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Kelli Stevens leaps for the high bar during her routine on the uneven bars. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Grace Billings competed in all four events for North Kitsap and finished 43rd overall in the All Around. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Grace Billings competed in all four events for North Kitsap and finished 43rd overall in the All Around. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

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