Looking Back, May 5, 1988
Looking Back, May 5, 1988: Hunt off to state gymnastics meet
It’s on to the state meet for Quincy gymnast Kacy Hunt.
Hunt qualified for the state youth gymnastics meet this Saturday in Vancouver by exceeding the qualifying score for the 9-11 year old age group at the zone meet.
In that zone meet for Eastern Washington, the Quincy sixth-grader competed in the uneven bars, balance beam, vault, and floor exercise events. In each event, Hunt had her highest score ever a total of 30.85.
“I was pretty nervous and excited before the start. But I started out pretty good and that made it better,” said Hunt, who is in her third year of gymnastics. “It’s been a goal of mine to go to the state meet.”
Hunt tied for first in the floor exercise with an 8.4 out of a possible 9.0. She was third in the vault with an 8.25 score on a front handspring with a full twist maneuver. Hunt was also fourth on the balance beam with 7.15 score and fourth on the uneven bars with a 7.05 score.
Fellow Columbia Basin Gymnastics club member Sara Wiersma, of Ephrata, qualified for the state meet as well.
Both Hunt and Wiersma were competing in the optionals format for the first time at the zone meet. The optional format allows each gymnast the freedom to create a routine as long as it includes certain required types of moves.
This format is similar to the short or long programs in freestyle skating. Before, Hunt and Wiersma competed in the compulsories format, which is a set routine for everybody.
“Optionals allow the gymnast to do what they can do best,” instructor Marjorie Lane said.
Only 13 gymnasts at the zone meet in Yakima qualified for the state meet.
Hunt and the other members of the Columbia Basin club had prepared for the zone meet by participating in club meets earlier this year. Those included meets in Yakima, Puyallup and Federal Way.