Grove City gymnast Bailey Bennett loved interacting with her senior teammates during her first three years with the program.
She made sure each senior gymnast received proper recognition, which included collecting special moments via photos.
Now as a senior, Bennett received the same treatment before a meet Jan. 28 at Dublin Coffman.
"I used to be the one taking the pictures," she said. "It's weird being on the other end. I'm happy, but I'm also sad, because it's the end. I try to have fun every meet and just cheer everyone on the best I can."
The Greyhounds' seniors are recognized each season at an opponent's site because they don't have a home facility to hold meets. Bennett, Makayla Miller, Madison Pepper and Anna Stoll were recognized at Coffman.
Bennett, who competes primarily on the balance beam, floor exercise and vault, has turned in a career-best score this season on beam (8.15) and matched a career high on vault (8.0). She had a career-best 8.0 on floor last season.
"Bailey is an extremely hard worker," coach Mark Hartley said. "She's an all-around great kid. ... She's my only four-year senior. When she came in, she was that quiet kid and didn't say anything. Now she's developed into an outspoken team leader who is not afraid to assert herself and be a positive influence on everybody."
Bennett's career began with Capitol City Gymnastics and Cheerleading before joining Universal Gymnastics and Elite Gymnastics, followed by joining the Grove City program her freshman year.
Elite Gymnastics is now known as the Vitality Athletic Center.
"I really wanted to make the most of high school," she said. "There's never a boring day with (my teammates). Coach Hartley has been so much help. He's always encouraging me to do my best."
Grove City's late-season schedule included competing in the seven-team meet at Coffman. The Greyhounds finished second (125) behind Dublin Jerome (138.9) as Stoll led with a 32.4 all-around score.
Grove City finished fourth (124.85) in the seven-team Westerville Central Invitational on Jan. 24 at Worthington Youth Boosters behind champion Upper Arlington (130.05).
"We have a good time," Hartley said. "It's nice having numbers. We have a lot of good, fun kids this year."
Grove City will conclude OCC-Central Division competition in the eight-team league meet Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Marysville.
The Greyhounds then will prepare for district Feb. 22 at Worthington Kilbourne.
The top three teams advance to the state team meet Feb. 28 and the top eight individuals in each event and the all-around advance to the state individual meet Feb. 29, both at Hilliard Bradley.
"I like seeing everyone compete," Bennett said of the district meet. "I try my hardest. I've gotten better each year. I just want to end on a high note."
Wrestling team cruises past Reynoldsburg
The wrestling team improved to 2-2 in the OCC-Ohio with a 59-18 win at Reynoldsburg on Jan. 30.
Winners by pin for the Greyhounds were Regan Mitchell at 106 pounds (3 minutes, 32 seconds), Slade Waller at 113 (1:07), Sean Burns at 120 (2:56), Camron Berio at 132 (5:35), Trent Vanderwerf at 145 (2:19), Brayden Benson at 195 (2:21) and Isaac Carter at 220 (3:30).
Boys basketball team winding down season
The boys basketball team was 9-8 overall before playing Westland on Feb. 4.
The Greyhounds lost at DeSales 61-44 on Feb. 1 as Brock Waits scored 14 points and Alex Coffey added 13.
Waits scored 27 points in a 57-47 loss to visiting Gahanna on Jan. 31.
Grove City is 2-6 in the OCC-Ohio with league games remaining against Pickerington Central on Friday, Feb. 7, and Pickerington North on Feb. 14.
The Division I district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 9.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 7 -- At Pickerington Central. The Greyhounds lost to the Tigers 65-42 on Jan. 3.
Feb. 11 -- Home vs New Albany
*Feb. 7 -- Home vs. Central. The Greyhounds lost to the Tigers 71-30 on Jan. 3.
Feb. 15 -- At sixth-seeded Westerville North in first round of Division I district tournament. The Greyhounds are seeded 37th.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 8 -- Division I sectional at Upper Arlington. Winner of each event and 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites advance to district Feb. 13 at Ohio State. There is no diving at sectional.
Feb. 8 -- Eighth-seeded New Carlisle Tecumseh in second round of Division I, Region 6 team dual tournament at Hilliard Darby. Winner faces top-seeded UA in quarterfinal. Semifinals and final will be later that day. Regional champion advances to state Feb. 16 at Ohio State. The Greyhounds are seeded ninth.