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Bull Dogs set season-highs in victory

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If the Columbus North gymnasts continue to improve at the pace they have the past couple of meets, they may be in store for some big things in the postseason.

The co-No. 5-ranked Bull Dogs recorded their season-high team score for the second consecutive meet Tuesday in a 109.1-101.15 win against Roncalli. North’s score is the sixth-best in the state this season.

“The girls were trying some new stuff,” North assistant coach Bob Arthur said. “Some of them went well. Some of them didn’t go so well, but still to get a new season (high), that was wonderful.”

Arthur was filling in for head coach Sandy Freshour, who was taking care of a sick grandchild three days after another grandchild was born. The Bull Dogs scored 27.0 on the vault, 27.8 on the bars, 27.05 on the beam and 27.25 on the floor.

North was led by senior Megan Heathcote, who also scored a personal-best for the second consecutive meet. Heathcote followed a 36.05 in Saturday’s Connersville Invitational with a 36.525 on Wednesday to win the all-around competition for the first time in her high school career.

“It feels good,” Heathcote said. “I had a solid meet. I’m happy with how I did.”

Heathcote won the floor with a 9.375. She finished second on the vault (9.0) and beam (9.15) and third on the bars (9.0).

“I guess I just hit everything and didn’t have any major mistakes on any event,” Heathcote said. “It all came together pretty well.”

“Being a senior, I’m glad she had this, and then with conference this weekend and heading into the tournament in the next couple of weeks, it’s good to have her pull out that type of routine or that series of routines,” Arthur said.

The Conference Indiana meet is Saturday at Bloomington North.

“I’m hoping that I can keep improving even further,” she said. “It would be great if I PR’ed again. This was our team PR by quite a bit, so that was a lot of fun, and hopefully we can do that again at conference, too.”

Freshman Ashley Holliday won the vault (9.3) and finished second on the bars (9.375) and floor (9.075) to take second in the all-around with a 35.45. Sophomore Katrina May, who has been limited to two events because a stress fracture in her foot, won the bars (9.425) and beam (9.25).

“What she lacked in quantity, she made up for in quality in winning those two events,” Arthur said.

“It was pretty exciting,” May said. “I’m happy that I’m able to do two events at least instead of none. I wish I could do all of them, but being able to do two well is fun.”

Kaitlyn Barnes finished third on the floor (8.8), fourth on the vault (8.7) and beam (8.65) and sixth on the bars (8.0) to take fourth in the all-around with a 34.15. Lauren Steigerwalt was fifth on the vault (8.6).

“We’re starting to put our depth together,” Arthur said. “We’re starting to get everything kind of jelling together at the same time. That’s what every coach hopes for.”

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