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Five Bonney Lake and Sumner gymnasts qualify for WIAA state tournament

Spartans Ashley Tarro, Sierra Tinsley and Ally Erkers; Panthers Alix Brown and Samantha McCurley; and Spartan Kimi Nakayama qualified for the state gymnastics tournament.  - Tonya Tinsley
Spartans Ashley Tarro, Sierra Tinsley and Ally Erkers; Panthers Alix Brown and Samantha McCurley; and Spartan Kimi Nakayama qualified for the state gymnastics tournament.
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Sumner and Bonney Lake's gymnastics teams are sending three and two gymnasts, respectively, to the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome this weekend.

Both teams competed Saturday at the West Central District III meet at Mount Rainier High in Des Moines.

The Spartans sent four athletes — Kimi Nakayama, Sierra Tinsley, Ally Erkers and Ashlee Tarro — to Mount Rainier. Of those, Nakayama, Tinsley and Erkers moved on to state.

Nakayama qualified in the all-around to compete in all four events at state. She earned an all-around score of 33.05 points, with 8.35 in the vault, 7.3 on the uneven bars, 8.4 on the balance beam and 9 on floor work. She tied for 13th place with Decatur's Victoria Braun.

Tinsley was also a four-way qualifier. She earned a 32.375 all-around score, with 8.425 in vault, 6.65 on the bars, 8.4 on the beam and 8.9 on floor work.

Tarro competed on the beam and bars, but did not qualify into the state tournament.

Erkers qualified to compete in the vault at state, with an 8.125 in the event.

The Panthers sent three athletes to Districts: Alix Brown, Samantha McCurley and Jessica Mitchell. Brown and McCurley moved on to state.

Brown qualified for vault, bars and the beam. She earned an 8.425 on the vault, 7.675 on the uneven bars, and 8.4 on the beam.

McCurley qualified to compete on the bars and the vault, with scores of 6.575 and 8.325, respectively.

Mitchell competed in vault and bars, but did not qualify into the state tournament.

The state gymnastics competition begins Friday and continues through Saturday.

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