Minutes after standing tall on the podium and recieving the first-place medal in the 4A state all-around, Shea McGee was posed a question.
How did she plan to celebrate?
Take a nap and eat some food, she said.
The pizza and cake she enjoyed shortly thereafter was certainly satisfying. McGee had spent a year chasing the taste of victory after a runner-up finish in the all-around as a freshman by a margin of less than a tenth of a point.
“I had a lot more motivation this year to do better than last year,” McGee said.
This time around, McGee’s victory was as convincing as it was triumphant. She posted a 38.175 to edge Puyallup’s Rylye Anderson by almost a half a point. And she did it through flawless execution. She did not fall once in any event.
Camas coach Carol Willson called it McGee’s best-ever all-around.
The last event, the apogee of McGee’s season, was the vault. She was the last Papermaker to go in the team’s final event of the day. Up until that point, no Camas gymnast has fallen on the day. The team was on its way to a performance for the record books.