The Hilliard Bradley High School gymnastics team has shown steady improvement so far this season.

The Hilliard Bradley High School gymnastics team has shown steady improvement so far this season.

The Jaguars scored 119.45 points in their first meet on Dec. 11. They then scored 124.55 points in their second meet two days later before scoring 125.35 points at the home Hilliard Invitational last Saturday.

Carol Eskay, who coaches the Jaguars as well as Hilliard Darby and Hilliard Davidson, said she expects to see all three of her teams make improvements during their winter training.

Darby and Davidson do not compete again until a quad-meet on Jan. 3 that includes host Thomas Worthington and Delaware.

Bradley will not compete again until Jan. 11 when it plays host to Grove City and Worthington Kilbourne.

"The teams all have some competition underneath their belt now and they know what they need to work on," Eskay said. "We're going to clean up some of those things we've struggled with and, hopefully, we're going to be more consistent after the holiday break."

All three teams got a chance to see what was working and what wasn't at the Hilliard Invitational.

The Jaguars finished third in the 17-team meet, behind champion DeSales (131.575) and Thomas Worthington (129.925). Both the Stallions and the Cardinals were state qualifiers last season.

Darby placed fifth (122.875) and Davidson was 14th (90.475).

"This (was) the first long meet of the season," Eskay said of the Hilliard Invitational, which began at 9 a.m. and concluded at 4:30 p.m. "There's a big difference between being done in two hours (in a dual meet) and seven-plus hours of competing. I saw a lot of perseverance out of the girls and a lot of positive attitudes."

Bradley's Kayla Malik was second on uneven bars with an 8.55, behind DeSales' Kate Miltko (8.7), and fourth in the all-around with a 33.0, behind champion Miltko (34.05), Darby's Meghan Parsley (33.775) and DeSales' Katy Vance (33.1).

A state qualifier on bars last season, Malik, a sophomore, was pleased with how her team performed on the floor exercise. The Jaguars had the third-best team score on floor with a 32.45.

"This was our first big invitational together and I thought we did great," Malik said. "We did a lot better on floor (last Saturday). I need to work on my (balance) beam routine because I've kind of struggled with that."

Malik (floor, 8.55) and teammates Vicki Horton (vault, 8.25) and Kate Roberts (beam, 8.3) all tied for sixth in their respective events.

Parsley, a state qualifier on floor and in the all around last season, placed first on floor (8.8) and second on vault (8.775), behind Miltko (9.0).

The Panthers had the second-best team score on vault (33.175) behind DeSales (33.825).

Darby had three gymnasts finish in the top 10 on vault, including Sierra Ridenour and Amy Wright, who tied for 10th (8.15).

Competing with just five gymnasts, Davidson struggled at the Hilliard Invitational, finishing without a gymnast in the top 10 in any event, including the all-around.

Overall, Eskay was pleased with how her teams competed.

"We're not quite consistent as I would like yet, but we're seeing improvements on some of the things we are working on," Eskay said. "We had that first push of practices and now we get a little bit of a rest from competition and have a chance to kind of regroup."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Bradley, Darby and Davidson gymnastics teams:

BRADLEY

Dec. 11 - Finished fourth (119.45) behind Darby (127.3), Olentangy Liberty (122.15) and Olentangy Orange (121.6) and ahead of Big Walnut (118.45), Davidson (76.2) and Dublin Scioto (70.5)

Dec. 13 - Finished first (124.55) ahead of Central Crossing (82.25) and Westland (46.5)

Last Saturday - Finished third (125.35) at 17-team Hilliard Invitational behind DeSales (131.575) and Thomas Worthington (129.925)

Jan. 11 - Home vs. Darby, Davidson, Grove City and Worthington Kilbourne

DARBY

Dec. 11 - Finished first (127.3) ahead of Liberty (122.15), Orange (121.6), Bradley (119.45), Big Walnut (118.45), Davidson (76.2) and Scioto (70.5)

Last Saturday - Finished fifth (122.875) at Hilliard Invitational

Jan. 3 - At Thomas Worthington with Davidson and Delaware

DAVIDSON

Dec. 11 - Finished fifth (76.2) behind Liberty (122.15), Orange (121.6), Bradley (119.45), Big Walnut (118.45) and ahead of Scioto (70.5)

Dec. 13 - Finished second (49.4) behind Central Crossing (82.25) and ahead of Westland (46.5)

Last Saturday - Finished 14th (90.475) at Hilliard Invitational

Jan. 3 - At Thomas Worthington with Darby and Delaware