Given that her team was shorthanded entering the team state meet March 6 at Hilliard Bradley, Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics coach Julie Kayser might not have foreseen her team's best state finish in 15 years.

Given that her team was shorthanded entering the team state meet March 6 at Hilliard Bradley, Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics coach Julie Kayser might not have foreseen her team's best state finish in 15 years.

Led by Shannon Downie's 9.125 score on uneven bars and Nicole Fusco's 8.975 score on balance beam, the Shamrocks scored 141.525 points and placed fourth of 12 teams.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights (148.7) won its 12th consecutive state championship, 14th in 16 years and 17th overall.

Coffman, which also finished fourth in 2000, was without one of its top competitors, Alexa Markulis, because of illness.

The Shamrocks scored 35.725 on floor exercise, 35.575 on bars, 35.325 on vault and 35.2 on beam.

"We had a great floor routine," Kayser said. "It was probably our best one of the season, considering how they judge so tightly here."

Worthington Kilbourne finished ninth (135) and Upper Arlington was 11th(131.725).

Kilbourne scored 34.375 on floor, 34.2 on vault, 33.425 on beam and 33.0 on floor. Kayla Rice scored 8.95 on floor and Allie Guist had 8.9 on vault to lead the Wolves.

After a slow start on beam (30.675), UA rebounded to post scores of 34.45 on floor, 33.475 on vault and 33.125 on bars. Mary Kate Keethler scored 8.8 on bars and Anna Tzagournis scored 8.725 on floor to lead the Golden Bears.

The state individual meet is March 7 at Bradley.