Dublin Jerome High School freshman Raegan Ernst saved her best performance at the state individual gymnastics meet for her final event March 2 at Hilliard Bradley.
After turning in respectable scores in her first three events, Ernst scored 9.375 points to place fifth on floor exercise behind champion Jordyn Thomas of Brunswick (9.475).
The district all-around champion, Ernst tied North Royalton’s Avery Keller for 12th with a 36.225 behind champion Sydney Bradley of Thornville Sheridan (37.8).
“It was pretty good and really fun, too,” Ernst said.
Ernst, who also led the Celtics to their second state team appearance in program history, scored 8.975 on vault, 8.825 on uneven bars and 9.05 on balance beam.
Also posting all-around scores were Olentangy Berlin’s Olivia Boone (tied for 27th, 34.9) and Hilliard Darby’s Anne Hassay (34th, 34.325).
Boone scored 9.275 to place seventh on beam and 9.275 to tie for eighth on floor.
“I’m actually very happy,” Boone said. “I could have done better, but for states, I couldn’t ask for more.”
Hassay scored 9.15 on floor and 8.85 on beam.
“Floor was pretty good for me, but I had a few mistakes on every other event,” Hassay said. “It’s been pretty crazy, but it’s pretty amazing to make it to state as a freshman.”
Delaware’s Rachel White tied for eighth on beam (9.25) and Olentangy’s Jaedyn Tucker tied for eighth on floor (9.275).
Other area competitors were Berlin’s Abby Marks (bars), Jerome’s Izzy Willms (bars), Olentangy’s Wen Holmes (vault), Madeline Vouis (beam) and Lillian Towles (all-around) and Worthington Kilbourne’s Emily Mosic (vault, beam).
Jerome’s Grace Krouse also qualified for state but was unable to compete because of injury.