The Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 143.425 in the six-team OCC-Ohio Division meet Feb. 8 at Hilliard Darby to capture its third consecutive league championship.
Led by sophomore Alexa Markulis and senior Claire Edwards, the Shamrocks finished first in the league meet, ahead of Grove City (137.75), Upper Arlington (136.8), Olentangy (134.65), Thomas Worthington (131.825) and Darby (128.3).
"That's close to our program record for points (144.3)," coach Julie Kayser said. "There's a reason for that. One girl can't do it on her own. It takes a strong and balanced team to approach those numbers.
"I was really happy to see everyone contribute. Our five all-around girls all placed in at least one event, so it was a special day."
The meet marked the fourth time this season that the Shamrocks have posted a score of 140 or better. Their previous high this season was 141.9, which was set Feb. 3 in a quad-meet with Big Walnut, Marysville and Olentangy.
Coffman won the overall OCC-Ohio championship, which is determined by the combination of points earned from league duals and the league meet, by going 5-0 in league duals and finishing with 24 points. UA (20, 4-1) was second, followed by Grove City (18, 3-2), Olentangy (12, 2-3), Darby (6, 1-4) and Thomas (6, 0-5).
According to Edwards, this is the best group of gymnasts the Shamrocks have had during their championship run.
"I am just so proud of this team because we all support each other and the camaraderie has been unbelievable," Edwards said. "Three in a row is amazing, but this is the best team of the three because of the depth and the closeness we have."
In the league meet, Edwards placed fifth in the all-around (35.575) and on uneven bars (8.8) and tied for fourth on balance beam (9.0), which she called her weakest event.
Markulis, who is in her first varsity season after competing in club last winter, was all-around champion with a 36.35. She won floor exercise (9.35), placed second on bars (9.1) and placed third on vault (9.1).
"It's a tremendous feeling to win the (team) championship," Markulis said. "My teammates push me hard, but they're so supportive. It's a big difference from club, where you're competing against your teammates.
"This is so much fun. You're so much more relaxed and confident knowing that everyone is rooting for you. You're a part of something bigger than yourself."
The Shamrocks took three of the top four spots on beam, including Edwards tying for fourth. Nicole Fusco tied Grove City's Stephanie Fisher for first with a 9.15, and Anna Pitts placed third with a 9.05.
Pitts also tied teammate Shannon Downie for fourth on floor with a 9.125, and Downie was fourth on vault (9.0).
In addition to Markulis and Edwards, finishing in the top 10 in the all-around were Fusco (35.3, seventh), Downie (34.725, ninth) and Pitts (34.65, 10th).
Coffman, along with Jerome and Scioto, is preparing for the district meet Feb. 22 at Worthington Kilbourne.
The top three teams and the top eight finishers in each event and the all-around at district advance to the state meet.
Celtics place second in OCC-Capital
Junior Marissa Mangini finished first on vault and fifth in the all-around to help Jerome place second in the eight-team OCC-Capital meet Feb. 8.
The Celtics scored 131.65 points to finish behind Bradley (133.85) and ahead of Westerville Central (131.025), Olentangy Orange (125.325), Big Walnut (125.325), Marysville (121.4), Central Crossing (117.125) and Franklin Heights (99.025).
Jerome (28, 6-1) also finished second in the overall standings, behind Bradley (30, 6-1) and ahead of Central (26, 6-1), Orange (20, 4-3), Big Walnut (16, 3-4) Central Crossing (10, 2-5), Marysville (10, 1-6) and Franklin Heights (4, 0-7).
Mangini won vault with an 8.8, placed second on floor (9.075) and finished sixth on beam (8.35) to help her post a season-best 33.825 in the all-around. Bradley's Ally Duckworth repeated as all-around champion with a 35.8.
Mangini's score on vault tied the program record.
"I had a season high on vault and that really helped the all-around," she said. "We had a team season-high on vault, too. It was a very good meet. I'm so proud of this team."
Mangini said the team has improved significantly on beam over the course of the season as a result of changes coach Kristen Willms made to the team approach.
"We would all watch each other and any slip or fall would psych us out before we got our turn," Mangini said. "Now, we're only allowed to watch our teammates until we're up to third in line. Then we have to turn away and focus on our own routine. It is definitely starting to help."
Also, freshman Megan Harty placed sixth in the all-around (33.25), fourth on vault (8.2), fifth on beam (8.55) and 10th on floor (8.6) and tied for ninth on bars (7.9).
Maddy Haab led the Shamrocks on bars by placing sixth (8.125). She tied for 10th on floor (8.6), tied for 11th on beam (8.05) and finished 10th in the all-around (32.575).
Monica Grauer finished 11th on bars (7.85) and 14th in the all-around (31.775).
"We were solid and just missed putting it all together for a season-high score," Willms said. "But I'm confident going into district. We counted a couple of falls on beam. Because we lack depth, our top four need to hit every routine, but our fifth and sixth scorers are getting better and better."
Irish post highest score of season
Scioto scored a season-high 115.5 points to finish fifth in the six-team OCC-Central meet Feb. 8 and fifth in the overall league standings.
The Irish finished behind Kilbourne (141.975), Olentangy Liberty (132.55), Hilliard Davidson (122.95) and Delaware (120.25) and ahead of Westland (110.875) in the league meet.
Scioto went 1-4 in league duals and totaled eight points in the overall standings to finish behind Kilbourne (24, 5-0), Liberty (20, 4-1), Davidson (16, 3-2) and Delaware (12, 2-3) and ahead of Westland (4, 0-5).
"The girls did incredibly well," coach Erin Mulcahey said. "It was their best meet of the season. They all did extremely well."
Seniors Monica Xu (11th, 30.725) and Bree Rooney (16th, 29.2) led the Irish in the all-around. Xu tied for 10th on vault (8.0), was 13th on bars (7.125) and finished 15th on floor (8.0). Rooney was 15th on bars (6.7) and 16th on floor (7.7).
The high scores for Megan Leonard (7.8), Sonia Pattisam (7.1) and Kayla Brown (7.0) in the league meet were on vault and the high score for Carina Guzman was on floor (7.3).