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Gymnastics

Finneran pleased with state showing

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Erin Finneran of the Hilliard Davidson High School gymnastics team had the second-highest score in the all-around among central Ohio competitors in the individual state meet March 2 at Bradley.

The sophomore finished 13th with a 35.825. Alecia Farina of Brecksville-Broadview Heights won the state title with a 38.35 and Thomas Worthington's Leah Carloni had an area-best 36.2 to place eighth.

Finneran also placed 13th on the floor exercise (9.025) and finished 17th on vault (9.075). She scored an 8.875 on uneven bars and an 8.85 on balance beam as part of competing in the all-around.

There were 36 competitors in each event and 35 in the all-around.

"I was happy with all my routines and just did what I could do," Finneran said. "I had my best score all season on bars."

Davidson also was represented at state by junior Mackenzie Brown, who placed ninth on bars (8.8), tied for 22nd on vault (9.0) and placed 36th on beam (7.3) and 32nd in the all-around (33.375). She scored an 8.275 on floor as part of the all-around.

"Both of them did well, although Mackenzie was upset with her slips on beam," said Carol Eskay, who coaches the Davidson, Bradley and Darby teams. "The honor of it is getting here. You're already among the best in the state when you get here. I wanted them to have their best performances, but mostly I wanted them to enjoy it. This is the icing on the cake."

In the district meet Feb. 23 at Worthington Kilbourne, Brown placed fourth (35.6) in the all-around, tied for fifth on vault (9.175) and placed seventh on beam (8.975) and eighth on bars (8.675).

Finneran won the district title on vault (9.275) and placed fourth on floor (9.025) and seventh in the all-around (35.225).

The top nine finishers in each event and the all-around advanced to state.

Davidson finished eighth (132.525) in the 24-team district as champion Kilbourne (140.625), Dublin Coffman (138.925) and Thomas (136.125) earned the three berths for the state team meet held March 1 at Bradley.

Brown led Davidson to a second-place finish in the OCC-Central Division meet Feb. 9 at Thomas.

The Wildcats scored a 127.225 to finish behind Kilbourne (137.45) and ahead of Olentangy Liberty (125.525), Delaware (111.25), Westland (101.525) and Dublin Scioto (89.25).

Brown won league titles on vault (9.025) and beam (8.975) and tied Kilbourne's Kayla Rice for first on floor (9.1). She also placed second in the all-around (34.775) behind Rice (34.85) and was sixth on bars (7.675).

Davidson went 3-2 in league duals and tied Liberty (4-1) for second in the overall OCC-Central standings with 18 points, behind Kilbourne (24, 5-0). Delaware (12, 2-3) was fourth, followed by Westland (1-4) and Scioto (0-5).

The Wildcats lose one senior in Ali Byrer, who placed seventh on floor (8.4) and eighth on bars (7.325) in the league meet.

The expected returnees include Brown, Finneran, junior Dianna Petty and sophomores Katie Huffman and Sonya Zaguzina.

"Davidson had its highest team score by several points at district to end a really great season and they will have lots of talent returning," Eskay said.

Jaguars finished season on high note

Bradley ended its season at district, where it finished ninth (131.35).

The Jaguars did not have any state qualifiers. Their top performer at district was senior Kayla Malik, who tied for 11th on floor (8.8) and finished 12th on bars (8.6) and 13th in the all-around (34.65).

"Bradley set a school record for points at district and Kayla had her best meet of the year by far," Eskay said. "Unfortunately, she just missed qualifying for state. Bradley loses good seniors in Kayla and Gabby Colaiacovo, but they also should have plenty back. That's the good thing about Hilliard gymnastics right now. We're in a real good position and good place because we've got depth with all three teams."

Bradley won the OCC-Capital meet Feb. 9 at Thomas, scoring 128.925 to finish ahead of Dublin Jerome (122.85), Olentangy Orange (120.05), Franklin Heights (107.525), Big Walnut (105.5) and Central Crossing (104.35).

The Jaguars went 5-0 in league duals and finished first in the overall league standings with 24 points, ahead of Orange (18, 4-1), Jerome (18, 3-2), Franklin Heights (10, 1-4), Central Crossing (8, 2-3) and Big Walnut (6, 0-5).

In the league meet, sophomore Ally Duckworth won beam (9.05) and the all-around (33.4) and placed second on vault (8.175), third on bars (8.05) and sixth on floor (8.125). Malik won vault (8.275), placed second on bars (8.425) and floor (32.55) and placed third in the all-around (32.55).

Expected returnees include Duckworth and sophomores Hannah Richards and Erin Lee.

In the league meet, Richards placed second on beam (8.325), third on floor (8.425), fifth on vault (8.0) and fourth in the all-around (32.0). Lee was sixth on floor (8.125).

Panthers also finished strong

Darby also ended its season at district, as it finished 12th (127.5) and didn't have any state qualifiers.

The Panthers was led at district by junior Nicole Norris, who placed 14th on beam (8.775).

Darby finished fifth (123.85) in the OCC-Ohio meet Feb. 9 at Thomas, behind Coffman (141.2), Thomas (134.8), Olentangy (131.7) and Upper Arlington (131.7) and ahead of Grove City (108.5).

The Panthers went 0-5 in league duals and tied Grove City (1-4) for fifth in the overall league standings with six points, behind Coffman (24, 5-0), Thomas (20, 4-1), Olentangy (15, 3-2) and UA (13, 2-3).

In the league meet, senior Carrie Snider placed eighth on floor (8.55), senior Sierra Ridenour finished eighth on vault (8.2), sophomore Janel Kuebler was ninth on floor (8.525) and freshman Audrey Craddick was 13th in the all-around (32.175).

"Darby also had their season-best total at district, and that's what you want to have," Eskay said. "You want to be peaking for district and they did. With Norris, Kuebler and Craddick coming back, they're in good position to step up even more next season."

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