The Central Crossing gymnastics team fine-tuned its routines in the OCC-Central Division meet Feb. 12 at Marysville as part of its preparation for district competition.
The Comets finished fifth (117.25) behind first-place Upper Arlington (131.875) in the league meet. They tied Hilliard Davidson for fourth (18 points, 7-7) in the overall standings behind champion UA (32, 14-0).
"I think the girls did well," said Lavon Maynard, who was named league Coach of the Year. "They didn't try any new skills, they just cleaned up their routines and they were pretty consistent."
The Comets were led by Hope Groves, who was 10th in the all-around (30.475) behind champion Emily Yoshino (35.6) of Dublin Coffman. The sophomore was 10th on balance beam (8.0) and floor exercise (8.225), 19th on vault (7.6) and 23rd on uneven bars (6.65).
Taylor Redden was 12th in the all-around (29.475), led by her 17th-place effort in the vault (7.7) and placing 18th on beam (7.5). Hannah Jennings was 13th in the all-around (29.1) with a 13th on floor (7.65), and Andrea Norris was 16th in the all-around (28.2) led by a ninth-place performance on floor (8.25).
"They have been coming to practice and cleaning up their routines," Maynard said. "They are getting rid of the skills they don't need and perfecting the ones that count for something."
The district meet is Saturday, Feb. 22, at Worthington Kilbourne. The top three teams advance to state Feb. 28 at Hilliard Bradley, and the top eight individuals in each event and the all-around advance to state Feb. 29 at Bradley.
Last season, Groves led the Comets by finishing 73rd of 92 athletes in the all-around with a 29.225. She tied for 56th on vault (8.0) and tied for 69th on bars (7.2).
"I think they have a little more confidence now (going into district), and they know what they are capable of doing," Maynard said.
Swimmers end season at district
The season ended for the boys and girls swimming and diving teams in the Division I district meet Feb. 13 at Ohio State.
Haylee Howard was the lone individual qualifier for either team. The sophomore was seeded 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle and finished 28th in 25.55 seconds. In a sectional Feb. 8 at UA, she placed eighth in a program-record 25.41.
Howard also joined seniors Madison Studt and Emma Thompson and junior Haley Kumfer on three district relays. The 200 free relay finished 28th in 1:51.67, the 400 free relay was 28th in 4:04.49 and the 200 medley relay was disqualified.
The boys team had three relays qualify for district, but none competed. Coach Robert Boggs, who completed his 14th season, said all four members of the relays "came down with the flu (Feb. 11) so we had to scratch all three relays."
Junior Mason Smith, sophomores Jacob Archer and Matt Groom and freshman Mitchel Smith swam on the relays at sectional.
Green captures title for wrestlers
Omari Green of the wrestling team won the heavyweight championship Feb. 15 in the 22-team Canal Winchester Indian Invitational.
The Comets tied Bellefontaine for ninth (96) behind champion Pickerington North (153).
Derek Layne (145 pounds) and Nate VanHouten (170) both placed fourth, Patrick Hughes (132) finished fifth and Jayden Vazquez (138) was sixth.
Central Crossing next competes in a Division I sectional Feb. 29 at Watkins Memorial.
The boys basketball team opens its postseason this week, playing at Bradley on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the first round of the Division I district tournament. The winner plays Lancaster on Feb. 28.