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Olympians cruise to gymnastics victory

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Before Wednesday night’s gymnastics meet with Owen Valley, Columbus East coach Nancy Kirshman pointed out the Olympians’ school record in the all-around competition.

Daran Brady took notice.

The senior posted her best all-around score by nearly a half-point and came within four-tenths of the school record with a 38.05. That was good enough to win the all-around title and lead the fifth-ranked Olympians to a 107.05-100.4 victory.

“It felt awesome,” Brady said. “I’ve been wanting to hit 38 this whole season, and to actually hit it just makes me really happy.”

Brady began the meet by posting her best vault (9.6) and bars (9.55) scores in winning those events. But it was her second-place finish on the beam (9.35) that was a breakthrough.

“I hit my beam routine,” Brady said. “In past meets, I haven’t been doing too good on beam. That brought my score up a little bit.

“Tonight was our best focus within the meet,” she said. “We kind of get to beam and completely lose ourselves. Tonight, we were a lot more confident and stayed on a lot more, so I think that helped with our team score.”

East scored a 27.75 on the vault, 26.85 on the bars, 26.2 on the beam and 26.25 on the floor.

“We’ve worked real hard the past two weeks on some things, and they showed,” East coach Nancy Kirshman said. “We corrected some things.

“We still had a few mistakes in places, but this isn’t when it counts,” she said. “It counts in the sectional, regional and state. We can make mistakes now. You just don’t want to make them later.”

Emily Clancy took second on the vault (9.55), third on the beam (8.6) and fourth on the floor (8.6) on her way to a third-place all-around finish (35.1). Molly Boggs was second on the bars (8.9) and third on the vault (8.6) on her way to a fourth in the all-around (33.65).

“When you go 9.55 and 9.6 on vault, those are two spectacular vaults,” Kirshman said. “When you do that, that sets the tone pretty well. Then, we came to bars and competed very well on bars and made some corrections there.

“We did better on beam that we have in the past,” she said. “I guess if you still want to find a weakness, it’s a little weakness on beam and a little weakness on floor in a couple places out of people. But overall, I was pleased.”

The Olympians have only one more regular-season meet before hosting the sectional March 1.

“My goal is to beat the school record,” Brady said. “I feel really confident about the way I’m competing at this time of the season. I have a few things here and there to fix, but I believe I can do it in the time before state.”

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