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State Gymnastics Meet
The Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics team posted its best finish in more than a decade to lead central Ohio at the state team meet Feb. 28 at Hilliard Bradley. Making their third consecutive appearance at state, the Shamrocks followed their district championship Feb. 22 by scoring 139.5 to place fifth at the 12-team meet. It represents Coffman’s best state placement since it took fourth in 2000.
Coffman's Alexa Markulis is hugged by teammate Anna Pitts following her floor routine during the state team gymnastics championships.
Upper Arlington's Emily Jones, center, gets a hug from Mary Kate Keethler and Rebecca Jaskot following her bars routine during the state team gymnastics championships. The Golden Bears were making their first state appearance since 2003.
Worthington Kilbourne assistant coach Missy Kott, right, calms Kayla Rice's nerves before she competes on the bars during the team gymnastics championships. The Wolves had their best performances on vault (35.15) and beam (35.625). Rice (left) scored 8.625 on bars and a 9.0 on floor.
The top area placer during the state individual meet March 1 was Dublin Coffman sophomore Shannon Downie, who was fifth with a 9.15 on bars.
Dublin Coffman’s Alexa Markulis tied Worthington Kilbourne’s Jaclyn Turner for sixth on the balance beam as each scored 9.05 to tie for sixth. Markulis, a sophomore who finished one spot away from the podium with a seventh-place finish (36.15), was the top central Ohio performer in the all-around competition.
Worthington Kilbourne’s Jaclyn Turner tied Dublin Coffman’s Alexa Markulis for sixth on the balance beam as each scored 9.05 to tie for sixth.
Upper Arlington’s Rebecca Jaskot (9.325) placed sixth on floor.
Thomas Worthington's Leah Carloni, right, gets a hug from assistant coach Matt Hower after competing on the bars. Carloni just missed the podium on bars as she tied for eighth (8.925).
Hilliard Bradley's Ally Duckworth competes on the beam. It was her second appearance at state and is the only Hilliard gymnast to qualify for state.
Grove City's Erin Maynard competes on the floor exercise. She scored an 8.800.
In its first season, Westerville Central freshman Taylor Stills qualified for state on the floor exercise. She scored an 8.875.
Marysville's Selena Sorensen was the program’s first state qualifier as she competed on the floor. She scored a 9.125.
Olentangy's Anna Tantari, right, gets a hug from Upper Arlington's Becca Jaskot after competing on the bars. Tantari scored an 8.800.
Watterson's Becca McManamon competes on the vault. She scored an 8.975.
Dublin Jerome's Marisa Mangini warms up on the vault. She scored an 8.650