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Columbus East senior gymnast Daran Brady put on a show Tuesday night as the host Olympians beat Martinsville 105.8-89.3.

Brady swept the board, winning every event and the all-around with a career high all-around score of 37.35.

“I was happy with my performance tonight,” Brady said. “I raised my score in some places and had my highest all-around score ever. I felt really confident in each event, and I am happy to see our team making big improvements early.”

As a team, the Olympians took first and second in every event, with East sophomore Emily Clancy taking second in the all-around with a score of 34.45, followed by senior Molly Boggs (33.85) and sophomore Jaycie Jaggers (33.35).

East head coach Nancy Kirshman was pleased with the large strides of improvement her team has made in the past week.

“We are definitely moving in the right direction,” Kirshman said. “We improved immensely from last week. We are working hard and improving difficulty in our individual events which is exactly what we need.”

East took first and second on vault, with Brady taking first with a score of 9.5 followed by Clancy with 9.0. Boggs took fourth with 8.5.

Brady took first on uneven bars with 9.35, followed by Boggs with 8.65 and Jaggers with 8.6 and Clancy with 8.45.

Brady also scored 9.35 on beam, followed by Clancy with 8.55, while Jaggers tied Martinsville’s Jorie Ozolin for fourth with a score of 7.9.

East also swept the board on floor, with Brady scoring 9.15, followed by Boggs with 8.5, Clancy with 8.45 and Jaggers with 8.4.

Kirshman expressed optimism as her team works toward the post-season, with seniors Brady and Boggs displaying great leadership and talent.

“Obviously it is always complicated with this being such a subjective sport, you never know what the judges will see,” Kirshman said. “However, I am pleased to see our the improvement and work ethic that we are capable of and am confident that these girls will just continue to get tougher.”

Brady is coming off of a broken foot, which prevented her from competing in every event besides the uneven bars at last year’s state meet.

She said it is more motivation to work hard and make a competitive run to state for her final season.

“I have had no problems with my foot so far this season,” Brady said. “I have come back strong and am feeling good about how far I have come with the help of my teammates. At the end of the season, I hope to have my picture on the wall in the East gym.”

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