By John Snodgrass, firstname.lastname@example.org / Photo by Geoff Blankenship for the Enquirer
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - A week after winning the city all-around championship, Anderson gymnast, Casey Gittelman, was back to her old tricks. At Saturday's district championships at Lakota East High School, the senior won the vault, placed second on the bars and took fourth on floor exercise to finish as the runner-up at the district all-around competition. The performance sends her back to the Ohio High School Athletic Association's state championships.
Gittelman finished the day with an all-around score of 36.250. The district champion, Jayden Barga of Versailles, won the all-around competition with a score of 36.675.
It was Gittelman's vault that stood out on Saturday, with a score of 9.425 - tied for the highest individual score on any event at the meet. She also recorded a score of 9.075 on bars and a 9.200 on floor.
She was not the lone district champion on Saturday, either. Oak Hills senior, Nina Wurzelbacher, won the beam with a score of 9.325. Wurzelbacher won the city title on the same event last week.
No local team advanced to next week's state competition at Hilliard Bradley High School but Gittelman and Wurzelbacher will have company. Lakota East, which was the highest-placing local team with a fifth-place showing at district, advanced two gymnasts to state competitions.
Junior Lindsey Kluesener finished fourth in the vault and sixth in the all-around to advance to the state meet in both. She scored a 9.150 on the vault and an all-around total of 35.575. Kluesener also placed seventh on floor exercise, making her the district's first alternate if another gymnast is unable to go next week.
Kluesener's teammate, senior Kiley Lovejoy, placed third at district on the beam and will head to Hilliard for that event. Lovejoy scored a 9.050 to claim the bronze.
The meet was won by Versailles (141.425) with Miamisburg (136.475) taking second. Those two programs advance to the state championships in the team competition. Along with Lakota East's fifth-place showing (134.900), Anderson placed sixth at district (132.725) while Oak Hills (eighth, 128.400), Turpin (ninth, 125.750) and Lakota West (10th, 132.725) all placed in the top 10.
Lakota East and West coach, Mardi Dagley, was named the Southwest Ohio District Coach of the Year.
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