Maggie Battenhouse has been a rising force for Stow-Munroe Falls gymnastics throughout her career.
Now, the junior can has a major accolade to her trophy case: All-Ohio honors.
Battenhouse scored a 9.3 on the floor exercise Saturday at the OHSAA state gymnastics meet at Hilliard Bradley High School. That score had her place seventh in the state. The top 10 placers earn All-Ohio honors in each event.
Stow coach Miranda Cotrrill said that Battenhouse felt like she left some points on the floor, but Cottrill was very pleased.
"She said it wasn’t her best performance," Cottrill said. "I know she was really nervous that day. I think that she did an excellent job."
Brunswick’s Jordyn Thomas won the state title on floor exercise with a score of 9.476.
Battenhouse also competed in the individual all-around competition at the state meet. She finished 29th in the state all-around with a score of 34.875.
Cottril said Battenhouse got off to a tough start in the all around. He first rotation came on uneven bars routine, where she fell and finished with a score of 7.4.
"I think it was just the nerves that got to her," Cottrill said. "She really wanted to land her Level 9 routine."
However, Battenhouse got stronger as the day went on. Despite falling on the balance beam, Battenhouse finished with a score of 8.975.
It was a good day for Battenouse on the vault as she scored a 9.2, which would have been good for a top 10 finish, had she qualified on the individual apparatus. She then put her best performance of the day on floor exercise.
"At districts, she missed qualifying on vault by like .025," Cottrill said. "It was extremely close."
Thornville Sheridan’s Sydney Bradley won the state title in the all-around with a score of 37.8.
"She’s been improving a lot over the last few months," Cottrill said of Battenhouse. "I’m really looking forward to her success next yer.
Battenhouse wasn’t alone at states for Stow, as junior Rachel Pitcovich competed on the uneven bars.
However, Pitcovich had a rough go at states, as she finished with a score of 7.75, placing her in 35th place. Cottrill noted the competition was Pitcovich’s last as a gymnast, as a back injury will force he to not compete her senior year.
Brecksville’s Izabella Abookire won the state title on bars with a scored of 9.5.
"Rachel ended up falling twice, which was a bummer," Cottrill said. "The state meet was her last competition ever. She was was bummed with that finish. I think she was just nervous about everything."
Cottrill was sympathetic with Pitcovich’s situation, noting a back injury forces a premature end to her gymnastics career.
"I’m hoping that she will be back with the team never year in some capacity," Cottrill said. "I’m really looking forward to seeing what she can do.
Stow will lose former state qualifier Peyton Balawender to graduation, but Cottrill said she plans to return as Stow’s head coach, ending a run of five straight years where the Bulldogs have had a new head coach.
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