High school gymnastics teams spring into action

Cindy Linker
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Mountain View High’s Cindy Linker competes in last week’s season-opening meet that also included gymnasts from Los Altos and St. Francis.

A gymnastics dynasty may be forming at Los Altos High.

Coach Sarah Wallace said her Eagles have the potential to do what St. Francis did – claim consecutive Central Coast Section championships. The Lancers are the last team to accomplish this, winning their 16th title in as many years in 2015.

Hills resident Reichert runs away with Napa Valley Marathon

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Liza Reichert of Los Altos Hills crosses the finish line at the 41st annual Napa Valley Marathon March 3. She won the women’s division with a time of 2 hours, 44 minutes, 6 seconds, which was nearly 8 minutes faster than the runner-up. Reichert’s time qualified her for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta. She also made it to the trials in 2016.

Liza Reichert approached her first Napa Valley Marathon more concerned with her time than where she placed.

“I knew I had a good shot at winning,” the Los Altos Hills resident said, “but my primary goal was to get the mark I needed to qualify for the Olympic Trials.”

MV cheer team claims state crown

Courtesy of Tara Williamson
Mountain View High’s competitive cheer team commemorates its Feb. 9 win at the JAMZ State Championships in Bakersfield.

The Mountain View High competitive cheer team is on a roll, placing first at two competitions and third at another in the past month.

The Spartans won the Varsity Show Cheer Level 1 at the JAMZ State Championships Feb. 9, a week after placing third in the same division at the Central Coast Section championships. They opened the season by winning the Novice Large Division with Tumbling at the TCC Invitational Jan. 26 at Wilcox High.

Cal-bound Carter has Olympic aspirations

Courtesy of Danielle Carter
Danielle Carter dives into the pool at a recent swim meet. Recruited by several colleges, the Los Altos High senior signed a National Letter of Intent with UC Berkeley last month.

For most of the population, five seconds is a small and irrelevant amount of time. For Danielle Carter, 5.24 seconds were all that separated her from the Australian Olympian who took first place in the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup in October.

The Los Altos High senior, who placed 13th in the race, should have several more opportunities to swim against elite-level competition – she’s headed to UC Berkeley next year. Carter verbally committed to Cal in September and officially signed her National Letter of Intent Nov. 14 at a signing ceremony on campus.

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