Olentangy Valley News


Tantari to represent Braves at state meet


Anna Tantari of the Olentangy High School gymnastics team will compete in the individual state meet Saturday, March 1, at Hilliard Bradley.

Tantari tied for fourth on uneven bars (8.775) in the district meet Feb. 22 at Worthington Kilbourne. The top eight individuals in each event, including the all-around, advanced to state.

Olentangy finished sixth (135.25) of 26 teams at district as Dublin Coffman (143.85), Worthington Kilbourne (141.025) and Upper Arlington (137.7) advanced to the team state meet Friday, Feb. 28, at Bradley.

Tantari also finished 16th all-around (34.175) at district, while Lexi Spence was ninth on balance beam (8.925) and 18th all-around (34.1) and tied for 20th on bars (8.15). Emma Morgan tied for 15th on floor exercise (8.9) and was 17th on bars (8.3).

Faircloth leads Patriots at district

Liberty finished 13th (126.9) at district and none of the Patriots placed in the top eight in individual events.

Katherine Faircloth placed 12th on bars (8.45), tied for 13th on floor (8.925) and tied for 21st on vault (8.85), and Alena Southwick tied for 15th on floor (8.9).

Faircloth reached state last season on beam and finished 24th (8.475) of 36 competitors.

Pioneers' season ends at district

Orange's season ended with a 15th-place finish (124.15) at district.

Danielle Chickerella tied for 30th on floor (8.75) and finished 35th on beam (8.25). Hanna Reeves tied for 30th on vault (8.425) and Natalie Herning tied for 36th on beam (8.2).

"I would have liked to have been in the top half, but we scored just below where we had been in the last two weeks," coach Jen Hedrick said. "We had one gymnast, Lauren Richards, not able to finish floor due to an ankle injury. I also had one, Natalie Herning, injured on bars at district, so things didn't go as smoothly as we had hoped. I was actually impressed with our team score due to the difficulties.

"I am hoping to keep many of the girls in a gym (in the) offseason so that we are ready for a successful season next year."