High Hopes for experienced Shorewood gymnastics team

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Led by two senior co-captains, Kyla Riley (third year captain) and Kat Alexander, the 2011-2012 girls gymnastics team is looking to be the strongest at Shorewood in many years. A few talented newcomers join a cast of experienced returners that were the 2010/2011 WESCO 3A Gymnastics Champions. Shorewood gymnastics opens the season with high hopes, and a lot of promise.

Shorewood Captains Seniors Kat Alexander and Kyla Riley
Photo by Susan Riley

Experience leads this years’ team. Kyla Riley has been a strong All Around competitor for Shorewood since her freshman year, earning numerous honors along the way, including: three time 1st Team All Wesco honors and All American Honorable Mention. 

Senior Yvonne Chan, Sophomore Juliet Fisher, and Sophomore Stephanie Spee were named to the 2011 2nd Team All Wesco. Add to the success of the returners is some new talent. Freshman Diana Catinas, Freshman Morgan Ramsden, and Senior Katie Holloway come to the team with a lot of club gymnastics experience. “All three gymnasts should add a lot to our line up this season” said head coach Susan Riley.

Shorewood’s team is rounded out by Seniors Kat Alexander, Kristie Wong, and Megan Lapham; Juniors: Kiera Strong and Emily Ramsden; Sophomores Mercedes Belka, Brianna Huntamer, Ali Jackson, and Kathryn Malchow; Freshman: Elly Anderson, Sophie Sando, and Marina Papus.

On Saturday, November 26, 2011 Shorewood gymnastics held a practice meet to get geared up for the season.
“I was very pleased with their performances this past weekend.” Coach Riley said. “Three weeks of practice to prepare for your first competition is quite difficult. Although the gymnasts only competed in one or two events, I was very impressed with their performance.” 
Top Shorewood performers include Kyla Riley (Vault and Floor) Diana Catinas (Vault and Floor) Yvonne Chan (Bars and Beam), Katie Holloway (Bars and Beam), Morgan Ramsden (Vault) and Emily Ramsden (Floor).

Shorewood’s next meet is Friday December 9, 2011 at Bainbridge High School at 6:00 pm, then Saturday December 11, 2011 at Cascade Elite Gymnastics in Mountlake Terrace at 5:30 pm.


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