Greg McCorkle
The winners at the Chief Sealth gymnastics meet in the team catagory were from left to right- Holy Names second, West Seattle first, and Chief Sealth third. CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE TO SEE MORE OR SEE THE GALLERY BELOW THE STORY.

SLIDESHOW: Sealth hosts first gymnastics meet in three decades; West Seattle HS wins

In the 1970’s, with declining enrollment, Chief Sealth High School could no longer support a gymnastics team. The option taken was to merge the team with West Seattle high School. Sealth practiced and competed at West Seattle.

That long absence ended Jan. 25 when Chief Sealth hosted their first home meet in three decades.

Sam Reed, Chief Sealth’s Athletic Director, said that with Sealth’s increased enrollment last year the school began the process of rebuilding, with the goal of returning the team to their rightful location. The results of that effort- student body and family members showed up en mass to support their nimble athletes.
Chief Sealth made a good showing for a team that hadn't played a home meet in almost three decades. Friends and family will no longer have to travel north to see the flexible lady Seahawks compete in a “Home Meet”.

There’s still a long way to go in completing the program. Chief Sealth is still lacking in some equipment and must borrow gear from West Seattle for home meets.

Meet results-
The girl’s gymnastics team of West Seattle won the evening with a score of 147.2.
The other visiting team, Holy Names, scored 136.8.
The Chief Sealth girls finished in third place with a score of 119.5

This meet opened a new chapter in the long history of sports at Chief Sealth High School.

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