Some mistakes on the uneven bars and balance beam prevented the host Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics team from repeating as champion in the McGee Invitational on Jan. 18.
The Shamrocks, who were seeking their third championship in the 29th annual meet, finished second with 137.775 points behind Mentor (141.35) as 14 teams scored. Twenty-seven teams were represented.
"I thought we finished great and battled through some adversity after having some uncharacteristic falls on bars and beam," coach Julie Kayser said. "Despite not performing our best, we still finished second."
Entering the meet, Coffman and Mentor were the only teams in the field who had scored 140 or more points this season.
Shannon Downie, returning from an ankle injury, led the Shamrocks in the all-around. The sophomore placed seventh (34.575), fueled by a third-place finish on bars (9.0) and an eighth-place showing on the floor exercise (8.8).
"I'm so proud of this team," Downie said. "We pulled together and came back strong. We had some downs, but we stayed with it and had other girls step up. It was a great experience and we had fun."
Sophomore Alexa Markulis injured her back and was able to compete in only two events. She typically can be counted on to compete in all four events and provide steady scores with Downie and three other all-around performers in senior Claire Edwards and juniors Nicole Fusco and Anna Pitts.
Edwards finished 10th in the all-around (34.0), fifth on bars (8.55), tied for seventh on vault (8.7) and 10th on floor (8.75).
Fusco placed fourth on beam (8.9) and had a 33.75 in the all-around and Pitts placed seventh on beam (8.6) and scored 32.875 in the all-around. Sophomore Alaina Yost replaced Markulis in the all-around and scored 32.45, which included an eighth-place finish on beam (8.55). Markulis was eighth on bars (8.35).
"This was our first big meet this year, but we have two in the next few weeks that also will help us prepare for (the OCC-Ohio Division meet) and district meet," Kayser said. "We're at the (Worthington) Kilbourne Invitational (on Saturday, Jan. 25) and then we go to Cincinnati Turpin (for the FlipFest Invitational on Feb. 1)."
Rounding out the top 10 in the McGee Invitational were Upper Arlington (132.675), Olentangy (129.325), Chesterland West Geauga (127.6), Mayfield (126.975), Thomas Worthington (126.275), Jerome (125.15), Washington Court House Miami Trace (117.8) and Scioto (107.925).
Haab, Mangini lead Celtics at McGee
Sophomore Maddy Haab and junior Marisa Mangini led Jerome in the McGee Invitational.
Haab totaled 31.525 points in the all-around and Mangini had a 31.1. They were followed by sophomore Monica Grauer (30.775) and freshman Megan Harty (29.75).
Mangini was the only Jerome gymnast to finish in the top 10 in any event, placing seventh on floor (8.825). Her second-best score in the meet was an 8.3 on vault.
Haab had her best scores on floor (8.375) and vault (8.35). Grauer's top score was an 8.1 on vault and Harty's was an 8.0 on vault.
Also scoring 8.0 or better in an event for the Celtics were sophomore Amy Lou on vault (8.25) and sophomore Anna Beasley on floor (8.0).
Xu, Leonard post top scores for Irish
Senior Monica Xu and freshman Megan Leonard were Scioto's top scorers in the McGee Invitational.
Xu (29.85) and Leonard (28.625) led the Irish in the all-around, followed by sophomore Sonia Pattisam (24.45) and junior Cassidi Lee (22.85).
Scioto did not have any top 10 finishes in the meet.
Xu had the team's highest scores on bars (6.55), beam (7.65), floor (7.9) and vault (7.75).
Leonard had Scioto's second-best scores in all four events, scoring 7.6 on vault, 7.45 on floor, 7.05 on beam and 6.525 on bars.
The highest scores for Lee (7.3) and Pattisam (6.6) came on vault, and the highest score for junior Carina Guzman was on floor (7.05).