Kamiakin gymnastics shines at Washington Open Winter Invite

By the Tri-City HeraldJanuary 6, 2013 

The Kamiakin gymnastics team turned in a commanding performance Saturday at the Washington Open Winter Invitational in Seattle.

Competing in the second session of the day at Roosevelt High School, the Braves finished 1-2-3 in each of the top categories in vault, bars and beam.

Kelsey Jaquish earned first place on the vault (9.700), bars (9.300) and beam (9.550). Danielle Brandon took second on the vault and floor, and was third on the bars and beam.

Hanford’s Kayla Lasater was three spots below Brandon on the bars.

In lower divisions, Southridge’s Shwe Zin (floor) and Shannalee McCarthy (beam) were second in their categories, while Mikaela Thepvongsa tied for third on the floor.

(top 3 from top divisions) Teams—Roosevelt, Columbia River, Holy Names, Southridge, Kamiakin, Port Angeles, Ballard, Olympia, Hanford.
Vault (Svetlana Division)—1, Kelsey Jaquish (K) 9.700; 2, Danielle Brandon (K) 9.600; 3, Michelle Fletcher (K) 9.400.
Bars (Optional)—1, Kelsey Jaquish (K) 9.300; 2, Michelle Fletcher (K) 8.800; 3, Danielle Brandon (K) 8.400.
Beam (Nastia Division)—1, Kelsey Jaquish (K) 9.550; 2, Rachel Cooke (K) 9.000; 3, Danielle Brandon (K) 8.700.
Floor (Nastia Division)—1, Haylee Castro (CR) 9.450; 2, Danielle Brandon (K) 9.425; 3, Shaylan Hawthorne (CR) 9.400.

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