Jerome already looking forward to next year
Dublin Jerome High School gymnastics coach Kristen Willms has high hopes for next season given that each member of the team who competed this winter is expected to return.
The Celtics lose only one senior in Jacqueline Schroeder, who underwent season-ending knee surgery in November, weeks before the opening meet.
"I'm really looking forward to next season," Willms said. "I had to do a lot of teaching about high school gymnastics and teach the girls new routines. They'll come back knowing what this is all about, what to expect. We won't have to start them from scratch with new routines."
Jerome ended its season in the district meet Feb. 23 at Worthington Kilbourne, as it placed 11th (128.45) of 24 teams and did not have any state qualifiers.
Kilbourne (140.625), Coffman (138.925) and Thomas Worthington (136.125) secured the three qualifying spots for the team state meet held March 1 at Hilliard Bradley, and the top nine finishers in each district event and the all-around qualified for the individual state meet March 2 at Bradley.
Turning in the Celtics' highest finishes at district were freshman Maddy Haab on uneven bars (8.45, 20th), balance beam (8.35, tied for 25th) and in the all-around (33.2, tied for 25th) and sophomore Marisa Mangini on floor exercise (8.725, tied for 17th) and vault (8.225, tied for 29th).
The four events had between 131-135 competitors and there were 97 competitors in the all-around.
"We finished in the top half of district and Maddy and Marisa did very well and grew a lot," Willms said. "They'll only get better and we'll only get better as a whole, too."
Jerome finished second (122.85) in the OCC-Capital Division meet Feb. 9 at Thomas, behind Bradley (128.925) and ahead of Olentangy Orange (120.05), Franklin Heights (107.525), Big Walnut (105.5) and Central Crossing (104.35).
Haab was league runner-up in the all-around (32.95) and Mangini placed fifth (31.725).
Jerome went 3-2 in OCC-Capital duals and tied Orange (4-1) for second in the overall league standings with 18 points, behind Bradley (24, 5-0) and ahead of Franklin Heights (10, 1-4), Central Crossing (8, 2-3) and Big Walnut (6, 0-5).
In addition to Haab and Mangini, others expected to return include sophomore Faith Pearson and freshmen Elizabeth Holden, Amy Luo, Lauren Stephanic, Kelsey Sweatt and Madisson Whitmer.
"I think we have a strong freshman class," Willms said. "I thought Holden, Stephanic and Whitmer made a lot of progress. They all did well and I can't wait to get them back and add some more freshmen next year."
Irish expect to be better next season
Scioto has no seniors on its roster and expects to return its entire team.
The Irish also ended their season at district, as they finished 21st (107.15) and did not have any state qualifiers.
"Two of our top all-around performers didn't compete at district or in the (OCC-Central) meet," coach Elizabeth Back said.
"We were without (junior) Breanne Rooney and (freshman) Asia Evans. We didn't even have a full team for the OCCs."
Junior Monica Xu led the Irish at district in the all-around (56th, 29.85), bars (70th, 6.825), beam (tied for 75th, 7.4), floor (tied for 70th, 7.85) and vault (tied for 74th, 7.775). Also competing in the all-around were freshman Sonia Pattisam (85th, 26.075), junior Priyanka Pandey (89th, 24.875) and sophomore Kayla Brown (92nd, 24.1).
"I'm proud of the girls because even without Breanne and Asia, our best meet was at district," Back said. "That shows you how much they all improved."
Scioto finished sixth (89.25) in the OCC-Central meet Feb. 9 at Thomas, behind Kilbourne (137.45), Hilliard Davidson (127.225), Olentangy Liberty (125.525), Delaware (111.25) and Westland (101.525).
Xu placed 12th on beam (7.2) and 17th on vault (7.55) and was 13th in the all-around (27.85), and Pattisam finished 18th on bars (5.9) and 22nd on vault (7.15) and was 17th in the all-around (24.65).
Scioto went 0-5 in OCC-Central duals and finished sixth in the overall league standings, behind Kilbourne (24, 5-0), Liberty (18, 4-1), Davidson (18, 3-2), Delaware (12, 2-3) and Westland (1-4).
Among those expected to return are Brown, Evans, Pandey, Pattisam, Rooney and Xu.
"With the amount of improvement we made, if everyone comes back, I expect us to be much better next season," Back said. "I'm looking forward to it."