Dublin Coffman High School senior gymnast Bethany Hurt accomplished everything she wanted to achieve in the individual state meet March 4 at Hilliard Bradley.
After sharing the district title in the all-around with Worthington Kilbourne senior Bethany Lange on Feb. 25, neither Hurt nor Lange expected high finishes at state, where northern Ohio schools traditionally dominate.
“I didn’t expect anything coming in,” Hurt said. “As long as I hit my routines and didn’t have any falls, I was going to be happy. I did that and my scores were high, which was special.”
Hurt had central Ohio’s best all-around score (35.975) to place 13th of 33 competitors, topping her district total (35.925). It was the second-best score among participants from the Central District, behind the 36.25 posted by Thornville Sheridan’s Madison Snider, who placed ninth.
Brecksville-Broadview Heights’ Tessa Phillips won the all-around title (37.625), ahead of teammate Emily Huffman (35.575).
“Bethany was nervous for vault because she struggled at district and vault was the only event she didn’t compete in individually today,” Coffman coach Kristin Willms said. “But she had a 9.2 (as part of the all-around), which was her best score today. She had her best (uneven) bars all season and hit all four routines, so it was a great day.”
Hurt had the area’s top scores on bars (8.875, 14th) and floor exercise (9.0, 13th) and the area’s second-best score on balance beam (8.9, 16th).
Lange twisted her left ankle in practice March 2 and was scratched from vault, preventing her from posting an all-around score. She had an area-best 8.925 on beam to place 15th and had the area’s second-best score on bars (8.85, tied for 15th).
“I had a great beam routine, but the pain grew during my floor routine, so I decided to play it safe and not do the vault,” Lange said. “But I had fun and gave it my all, and that’s what I came to do.”Videos •Dublin Coffman's Bethany Hurt competes on uneven bars. •Worthington Kilbourne's Bethany Lange competes on floor exercise. •Hilliard Darby's Chloe Shook competes on floor exercise.
Westerville Central sophomore Gianna Brooks had the area’s second-best score in the all-around (35.325, tied for 18th) and the area’s top score on vault (9.225, tied for 13th), while Central senior Taylor Stills had the area’s second-best score on floor (8.925, 15th).
“I’m super happy because my goal was to just get here and compete in this exciting and awesome environment,” Brooks said.
“It was a great day for my two girls,” Central coach Shea Stammen said. “Gianna went 4-for-4 on her routines with no falls and I couldn’t ask for more. Taylor has been here all four years and holds the school record in beam and floor. It puts a lot of pressure on you when you make it as a freshman to be able to return, and Taylor had major back surgery after her sophomore year and still made it back two more times after that.”
Dublin Jerome sophomore Anna Majni had the area’s second-best score on vault (9.125, 18th), while Hilliard Darby junior Chloe Shook had the area’s third-best score in the all-around (34.95, 23rd) as well as on floor (8.875, tied for 17th), beam (8.85, tied for 17th) and bars (8.725, 19th).
Big Walnut junior Mary Dimitroff had the area’s third-best score on vault (9.075, tied for 19th).