Big Walnut High School sophomore Mary Dimitroff started gymnastics for toddlers at age 2, and years of hard work paid off with a trip to the podium during the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state gymnastics finals at Hilliard Bradley High School on Saturday, March 5.
Dimitroff placed sixth in the state in the Division I balance beam event.
Dimitroff, who started competing at the age of 6, won her first All-Around title at the 2012 Circle of Stars competition in Indianapolis. The following year Dimitroff was the Level 8 USAG Individual All Around state champion for her age division, while competing for Midwest Gymnastics and Cheer.
That performance landed Dimitroff a spot on the Level 8 USAG Region 5 Team. As a member of the five-state USAG Level 8 Region 5 Team, Dimitroff placed fifth on balance beam and 12th all around in her age division.
While training for the next season, Dimitroff broke her foot during a tumbling pass, taking her out of competition for a year.
Before the injury, Dimitroff had considered furthering her gymnastics career at the USAG level and in college, but the injury-induced lost momentum forced a decision, and Dimitroff decided to leave the 16 to 20 hour a week practices behind and compete for the Golden Eagles.
Dimitroff was one of only four girls in the state to officially qualify for all four events and the all around at this year’s OHSAA state gymnastics finals. She had her best performance of the season at the state meet. With a 9.125, Dimitroff placed sixth on balance beam, and with a 35.85 placed 12th All Around.
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