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1978-79 SCC Gymnastics Team

The 1978-79 SCC women’s gymnastics team placed third at the NJCAA National Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Coach Rick Harrison, assisted by Jo McDonald, was named Coach of the Year at the end of the meet. The team was led by All-Americans Shawn Roberts, who placed sixth in the All-Around, third on Floor Exercise and Balance beam, and by Toni Swanson, who placed second on the Uneven Bars. Dauphyne Yocom placed sixth on Uneven Bars. Helen Balabanis, Suzy Barrett, Karla Everett, Tracey Hildebrand, and Suzy Hutchinson were the other team members who contributed to the third-place finish.

1979-80 CCS Gymnastics Team

1979-80 CCS Gymnastics teamThe 1979-80 CCS women’s gymnastics team won the NJCAA National Championship and set a new championship meet team scoring record in the process. Coaches Rick Harrison and Jo McDonald were named Coaches of the Year at the end of the meet. The team was led by All-Americans Kerri Kanegae who won the floor exercise and all-around championships and Dauphyne Yocom who won on the uneven bars. Jennifer Moseman and Shelli Waddell were also named All-Americans for their performance in the championship meet. Helen Balabanis, Suzy Barrett, Karla Everett, Tracey Hildebrand, Suzy Hutchinson, and Becky McWilliams were the other team members who contributed to the championship effort.

1980-81 CCS Gymnastics Team

1980-81 CCS Gymnastics teamThe 1980-81 CCS women’s gymnastics team won the NJCAA National Championship for the second straight year and set a new team scoring record as well. Head Coach Rick Harrison was named the Coach of the Year for his effort with the team. The team was led by All-Americans Lisa Bollinger (floor exercise and all-around), Kerri Kanegae (uneven bars), Rhona Roberts (beam and all-around), Theresa Peterson (beam), and Gail Thieman who won the individual vault medal. Other team members who helped win the championship included DeAnn Brewer, Shelly Bolton, Tracy Flanigan, Shelli Waddell and Assistant Coach Jo McDonald.

1981-82 CCS Gymnastics Team 

1981-82 CCS Gymnastics TeamThe 1981-82 CCS women’s gymnastics team won the National NJCAA Championship for the third straight year and again set a national team scoring record. Rick Harrison was named the National Coach of the Year at the end of the meet for the fourth year in a row. Four Spokane gymnasts were named All-American for their performance in the championship meet; Lisa Bollinger (all-around), Rhona Roberts (all-around), Gail Thieman (vault) and Karen Erickson who won both the beam and floor exercise championships. Debbie Gettig, Tracy Grant, Vivian Norby, Jolene Olson, Theresa Peterson, and Assistant Coach Jo McDonald all contributed to the championship effort.

1982-83 CCS Gymnastics Team

The 1982-83 CCS women’s gymnastics team took second place at the National NJCAA Championship held in Farmingdale, New York with the smallest margin in history. Only 1/2 a point separated the top three teams with Spokane taking second by only 5 one-hundredths of a point. All-Americans Karen Erickson and Pam Sinclair lead the team as National Individual Champions with Karen winning her second Beam championship while Pam won Bars and Vault. Jodie Lilienkamp and Jolene Olson also made Finals. Cindy Chapin, Debbie Gettig, Kim Galley, Lynn McLaughlin, and Coaches Rick Harrison and Jo McDonald completed the team.

1984-85 CCS Gymnastics Team

The 1984-85 CCS women’s gymnastics team took second place at the National NJCAA Championship in Camden, Arkansas. Four Spokane gymnasts were named All-American for their performance in the championship meet; Melanie Vacca (Floor Exercise), Kerri Chong (Balance Beam), Shelli Anderson (All-Around, Vault, Bars and Beam) and Paulene Anderson (All-Around, Vault, Bars and Beam), was named NJCAA Gymnast of the Year. DeAnn Tschantre, Sue Swoboda, Kristie Robinson, Danette Hautala, Chris Tongue, and Coaches Rick and Kathy Harrison all contributed to the effort.

1985-86 CCS Gymnastics Team

The 1985-86 CCS women’s gymnastics team took second place at the National NJCAA Championship for the third straight time. The event was held in Spokane, Washington, and four Spokane gymnasts were named All-American for their performance in the meet; Kerri Chong (All-Around, Bars and Floor), Melanie Vacca (All-Around, Vault, Beam, and Floor), Deidre Cherry (Vault and Floor) and Shelli Anderson (All-Around and Vault) also became Vaulting Champion. Other team members included Lisa Beery, Beth Jessup, Lori Ohl, Angela Pappel, Kris Shagina and Karen Smith, with Coaches Rick and Kathy Harrison.