BOWLING GREEN — Henry County advanced three gymnasts to the state meet Thursday at the district meet at Anderson Arena on the campus of Bowling Green State University, as Holgate’s Rylie Schuller and the Liberty Center duo of Bailey Johnson and Meredith Zeiter each moved on.
Schuller placed second on the beam to move on to state for the second year in a row.
Johnson placed first in the beam and seventh in the all-around, while Zeiter finished eighth in the all-around and third on the bars. Johnson turned in a seventh-place finish on the floor, while Zeiter was eighth and Samantha Engler was 10th.
Schuller and Johnson were both awarded with the sportsmanship award, while Johnson and Zeiter both represented LC as scholar-athletes.
Perrysburg won the team event with a total of 137.925, while Anthony Wayne was second with a 137.275. LC finished in third place with a total of 135.525, with Notre Dame (130.850) and Springfield (129.575) rounding out the top five.
Patrick Henry turned in a season-high team score of 128.275 to place sixth overall. Holgate placed 10th with a score of 121.725. Schuller and Ruth Wenzinger were both honored as scholar athletes after the meet for the Lady Tigers.
Hailee Baird placed eighth in the all-around for PH with a season-high score of 34.175. Baird also placed eighth on beam with an 8.95 to qualify for the all-district team.
“This was one of the toughest years I’ve seen at districts, competition-wise,” Patrick Henry coach Darcy Krassow said. “The girls had an awesome year, peaking at districts, which is just the way we want to end the season. Multiple girls had their best personal scores on some events, ending their season on a very high note.”
Lauren Rohrs, Laila Rutter, Brianna Gerken and Lizzy Latta were each recognized for being scholar athletes and for being four-year participants in the meet for PH.
“It’s very interesting this year to see the level of competition increase compared to last year,” Krassow said. “The amount of state-qualifying spots decreased for our district, meaning it has gotten even harder to advance to the state meet. While we didn’t get anyone out of districts, we still saw higher scores than last year and have increased our difficulty in routines.
“Every year, the goal is to just do well and peak at districts,” Krassow said. “We did just that and we couldn’t be any prouder of the girls.”
The state gymnastics meet is Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Bradley High School.