Coffman places eighth at state
Competing in both the team and individual state meets was special for senior Meigan Way and three of her teammates on the Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics team.
The team competition was March 1 at Hilliard Bradley and the individual competition was March 2 at the same site.
The Shamrocks finished eighth (136.28) of 12 teams, behind champion Brecksville-Broadview Heights (148.33). Worthington Kilbourne placed sixth (137.525) and Thomas Worthington was 10th (133.95).
"We did great as a team all season and this was a good reward for that," Way said. "We wanted to do better in the team (meet), but we didn't do well on our floor routines. But I couldn't be happier for how well we did this year. I'm proud to be a part of this team."
The Shamrocks were sixth on the uneven bars (33.85), seventh on vault (34.55), eighth on balance beam (34.05) and 10th on floor exercise (33.83).
"We were very strong on bars and then we went to beam and did a lot better than we did at district, so we were feeling pretty good," coach Julie Kayser said. "But we made mistakes on floor that we don't usually make. We're typically strong on floor. We were able to finish up super strong on vault.
"It was the culmination of a great season and I'm so proud of all the girls. We did some great things this year and I anticipate even better things down the road."
In the team competition, freshman Shannon Downie had the Shamrocks' top scores on bars (8.875) and beam (8.725), junior Claire Edwards led on vault (8.850) and Way (8.925) led on floor.
Sophomore Nicole Fusco had Coffman's second-best scores on vault (8.8), beam (8.725) and bars (8.5) and Edwards was second-best on floor (8.475).
Also competing were seniors Alina Carpenter (bars) and Shana McFadden (bars), junior Allison Downie (floor), sophomore Anna Pitts (bars, beam, floor and vault) and freshmen Sumire Minagawa (beam and vault) and Alaina Yost (beam).
"Nicole hit her beam routine and finished the season without having a single fall on beam," Kayser said. "Claire had a super score on vault and we had two beautiful bar routines."
Way was joined by Edwards, Fusco and Shannon Downie in the individual state meet.
"What's special about this team is the depth," Kayser said. "We've got a number of talented gymnasts in every class and the girls get along so well together."
Downie tied for 15th on bars (8.675) and finished 35th on floor (8.05), as there were 36 competitors in each event and 35 in the all-around.
"I did the best I could and was happy with my score on bars, but not on floor," she said. "I was just happy to qualify for state. I want to come back and do better next year."
Way tied for 21st on floor (8.75), Fusco finished 22nd on beam (8.5) and Edwards placed 26th on vault (8.925) and 28th on bars (8.325).
Coffman qualified for state as a team by placing second (138.925) of 24 teams in the district meet Feb. 23, behind champion and host Kilbourne (140.625). Thomas (136.125) secured the third and final state-qualifying berth.
The top nine finishers in each event and the all-around qualified for state.
Shannon Downie placed third on bars (8.85), tied for ninth on floor (8.825), finished 11th on vault (8.875) and was 10th in the all-around (34.975). Edwards tied for fifth on vault (9.175) and tied for ninth on bars (8.65) and was 11th in the all-around (34.825). Way placed third on floor (9.1) and Fusco placed eighth on beam (8.95), tied for 10th on bars (8.625) and was 12th in the all-around (34.7).
Coffman won the OCC-Ohio Division meet Feb. 9, scoring 141.2 points to finish ahead of host Thomas (134.8), Olentangy (131.7), Upper Arlington (131.7), Hilliard Darby (123.85) and Grove City (108.5).
The Shamrocks, who are losing six seniors, went 5-0 in league duals and won the overall league title with 24 points, ahead of Thomas (20, 4-1), Olentangy (15, 3-2), UA (13, 2-3), Darby (6, 0-5) and Grove City (6, 1-4).
"We're losing some very good seniors, but we've got good depth and a lot of young talent," Kayser said. "We're going to continue to have high goals and work hard to achieve them."