The Hilliard Bradley High School gymnastics team is looking to repeat as OCC-Capital Division champion.
The Jaguars, who finished 6-1 in league duals, will compete in the league meet Saturday, Feb. 8, at Darby. The overall league champion is determined by the combination of points earned in dual meets and the league meet.
Last season, Bradley scored 128.925 points in the OCC-Capital meet 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) and went 5-0 in league duals to finish with 24 points.
Orange (18, 4-1) and Jerome (18, 3-2) tied for second, followed by Franklin Heights (10, 1-4), Central Crossing (8, 2-3) and Big Walnut (6, 0-5).
The OCC-Capital increased to eight teams this season with the additions of Marysville and Westerville Central. Entering the week, many of the teams in the OCC-Capital had not completed their league duals.
Ally Duckworth is the defending OCC-Capital champion in the all-around and, according to coach Carol Eskay, has increased her personal-best scores in all four events -- balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars and vault -- this year.
Eskay, who also coaches Darby and Davidson, said she also expects strong performances by Laney Colaiacovo, Grace Jones and Hannah Richards in the league meet.
Wildcats seek another strong OCC showing
Davidson heads into the OCC-Central meet on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Darby after going 3-2 in league duals.
Last season, the Wildcats placed second (127.225) in the league meet behind Kilbourne (137.45) and ahead of Liberty (125.525), Delaware (111.25), Westland (101.525) and Scioto (89.25).
Davidson also went 3-2 in OCC-Central duals last season and tied Liberty (4-1) for second with 18 points, behind champion Kilbourne (24, 5-0).
Eskay expects the Wildcats to be led in the league meet by Sonya Zaguzina, Dianna Petty and Caitlin Johnson.
Panthers getting set for home OCC meet
Darby will be looking to move up in the OCC-Ohio standings when it competes in the league meet Saturday, Feb. 8, at home.
The Panthers went 1-4 in league duals.
Last season, Darby finished fifth (123.85) in the OCC-Ohio meet, behind Dublin Coffman (141.2), Thomas Worthington (134.8), Olentangy (131.7) and Upper Arlington (131.7) and ahead of Grove City (108.5).
The Panthers tied Grove City (1-4, 6 points) for fifth in the overall standings behind champion Coffman (24, 5-0).
Audrey Craddick had the Panthers' best all-around total in the league meet a year ago, finishing 13th with a 32.175, and Janel Kuebler finished ninth on floor (8.525).
Eskay expects Craddick, Kuebler and Nicole Norris to lead the Panthers. Last year, Norris missed the league meet because of an ankle injury.