Jenny Seibert, Alana Freeman and Lily Reed missed most or all of last season with injuries and were forced to watch as the Grove City High School gymnastics team struggled.
With those three healthy and back in the lineup, the Greyhounds have thrived this season, posting a 12-1 record in dual meets.
Last season, Seibert and Freeman each had a strained back and Reed had a sprained ankle.
"It was really frustrating to miss all of last season and not be able to help our team at all," Seibert said. "But we have everyone back and we're doing really well again."
The Greyhounds posted their highest team score of the season Dec. 20 when they defeated Olentangy 135.45-131.5 in an OCC-Ohio Division dual.
Erin Maynard won uneven bars (9.1), vault (9.15) and the all-around (35.65) and was second on floor exercise (8.85). Stephanie Fisher won vault (8.8) and was second in the all-around (34.45), and Seibert won balance beam (8.65) and was third in the all-around (34.35).
On Jan. 17, Grove City scored 129.2 to win a six-team meet ahead of runner-up Hilliard Bradley (125.875).
Maynard won bars (9.175) and was second on vault (8.775) and in the all-around (34.775) for the Greyhounds, who are 3-1 in the OCC-Ohio.
"Me, Erin and Stephanie have been scoring well and we're really excited about our record and team scores," Seibert said. "My doctors didn't think I was going to be able to compete again when I was hurt last year and I thought I was done with gymnastics, so I'm happy and grateful to have the chance to do this again. My back still hurts sometimes, but it's something I've been able to work through and I'm feeling a lot better overall."
Fisher, a former level 9 club gymnast, has given Grove City's scores a boost.
"Stephanie's got a lot of experience and she's finishing high in a lot of events and really helping our team do well," Maynard said. "Last year wasn't nearly as fun as this season because our team wasn't doing so well. It feels great to win meets this year, especially after everything our team went through."
The Greyhounds compete Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Worthington Kilbourne Invitational, a meet that Findlay won (139.925) last season ahead of runner-up Dublin Coffman (137.925).
Also competing this year will be Beavercreek, Coffman, Delaware, DeSales, Dublin Jerome, Findlay, Kilbourne, Mason, Olentangy Liberty, Oregon Clay and Westerville Central.
"I think we can finish in the top three if everyone hits that day and we raise our team score," Maynard said.
Comets getting boost from Mattox
With Makayla Mattox leading the way, Central Crossing scored a 121.55 to win a quad meet Jan. 14 ahead of Marys-ville (110), Westland (102) and Franklin Heights (93.1).
Mattox finished first on bars (7.6), beam (8.9) and in the all-around (33.7).
Central Crossing has been boosted by the return of Mattox, who finished 10th on floor (9.175) and tied for 23rd on beam (8.625) in the individual state meet in 2012 but chose to focus solely on cheerleading last season.
Trina Evanoff also is back after missing the second half of last season with a sore back.
The Comets, who were 2-3 in the OCC-Capital before competing against Big Walnut on Jan. 17, conclude league duals against Westerville Central in a match Feb. 5 at Kilbourne.