Ally Duckworth repeated as all-around champion to lead the Hilliard Bradley High School gymnastics team to a first-place finish in the eight-team OCC-Capital Division meet Feb. 8 at Darby.
The Jaguars also secured the overall OCC-Capital championship, which is determined by the combination of points earned from league duals and the league meet.
"I just went out there and had fun and tried not to think about defending the title," Duckworth said. "It's easier when you don't let those thoughts in. What I needed to do was just focus on doing the things I need to do to have success in each event. If I refocus for each event and do my best, things will work out OK."
Duckworth scored a 35.8 in the all-around, fueled by wins on uneven bars (8.9), balance beam (9.15) and floor exercise (9.25) and a third-place finish on vault (8.5).
The Jaguars scored a 133.85 in the meet to finish ahead of Dublin Jerome (131.65), Westerville Central (131.025), Olentangy Orange (125.325), Big Walnut (125.325), Marysville (121.4), Central Crossing (117.125) and Franklin Heights (99.025).
Bradley went 6-1 in league duals and totaled 30 points in the overall standings to edge Jerome (28, 6-1). Central (26, 6-1) was third, followed by Orange (20, 4-3), Big Walnut (16, 3-4) Central Crossing (10, 2-5), Marysville (10, 1-6) and Franklin Heights (4, 0-7).
"Bradley has become a much better team because the girls behind Ally have really stepped up and gotten more consistent," said Carol Eskay, who coaches the Bradley, Darby and Davidson teams. "Ally had a great day and Grace Jones had a super day, too, with a season high in the all-around. She was very consistent with no falls. She hit all of her routines."
Jones placed third in the all-around (33.9), second on bars (8.4) and third on beam (8.7). She also finished seventh on floor (8.75) and tied for 10th on vault (8.05).
Hannah Richards finished ninth in the all-around (32.6), seventh on bars (8.05) and tied for 10th on vault (8.05), and Laney Colaiacovo finished 18th in the all-around (31.1) and eighth on beam (8.2).
"Bradley had a team-high (overall) score and everyone contributed," Eskay said. "I couldn't be happier for them to have their best meet of the season. They're on the right track to where they want to be for district. We just need to work on cleaning up a few things."
Bradley, Darby and Davidson will compete next in 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 at Bradley. The team competition is Feb. 28 and the individual competition is March 1.
Wildcats place third in OCC meet, overall
In the six-team OCC-Central, the order of finish in the league meet Feb. 8 at Darby matched the final overall league standings.
Davidson finished third (122.95) in the meet behind Kilbourne (141.975) and Olentangy Liberty (132.55) and third in the overall standings (16, 3-2) behind the Wolves (24, 5-0) and the Patriots (20, 4-1).
Delaware was fourth (120.25) in the meet, followed by Dublin Scioto (115.5) and Westland (110.875), and the Pacers were fourth (12, 2-3) in the overall standings, followed by Scioto (8, 1-4) and Westland (4, 0-5).
Finishing in the top 10 in the all-around for the Wildcats were Sonya Zaguzina (sixth, 32.425), Dianna Petty (ninth, 31.25) and Caitlin Johnson (10th, 31.15). Kilbourne's Allie Guist won the all-around with a 35.625.
Also placing in the top 10 for Davidson were Zaguzina on floor (sixth, 8.625), beam (tied for ninth, 8.5) and bars (10th, 7.45), Petty on floor (eighth, 8.55) and Johnson on vault (eighth, 8.1).
Panthers impacted by injuries in OCC meet
Darby entered the six-team OCC-Ohio meet Feb. 8 at home in fifth place, ahead of Thomas Worthington.
However, the Panthers finished sixth (128.3) in the meet, behind Dublin Coffman (143.425), Grove City (137.75), Upper Arlington (136.8), Olentangy (134.65) and Thomas (131.825), to drop into a fifth-place tie with the Cardinals in the overall league standings.
Darby (1-4) and Thomas (0-5) both totaled six points to finish behind Coffman (24, 5-0), UA (20, 4-1), Grove City (18, 3-2) and Olentangy (12, 2-3).
Coffman won its third consecutive league title.
"Janel Kuebler, one of Darby's better all-arounders, was injured in practice and could only compete in bars and beam," Eskay said. "They also were without Hannah Donovan due to an injury. Despite that, the girls had good routines and their attitudes were really great."
Nicole Norris led the Panthers on floor (12th, 8.875), beam (17th, 8.4) and the all-around (19th, 32.9). Audrey Craddick led the team on vault (15th, 8.1) and finished 20th in the all-around (32.525), and Kuebler led the team on bars (14th, 8.15).
Also for Darby, Marissa Huffman (31.025) and Priya Mehra (29.575) finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively, in the all-around and Huffman tied for 19th on vault (8.0).