Bulldogs News · Q and A With OHSAA State Gymnastics Qualifier Mara Deselich

On Saturday, February 23rd, the Bulldog Girls Gymnastics Team traveled to West Geauga High School to compete in the OHSAA’s District Finals.  With a strong field of area gymnastic teams, the team finished in 9th place overall.

Among the area state qualifiers is Bulldog junior student-athlete Mara Deselich.

Mara qualified on the floor routine and will compete on Saturday, March 2nd at Hilliard Bradley High School in Hilliard, OH.

Here is the itinerary for Mara (Squad 2 on Saturday):

10:00 A.M. Registration – Competitors and Coaches, Bar Settings
10:45 A.M. Coaches Meeting
11:30 A.M. Parade of Champions and Introduction of Officials
11:40 A.M. Squads 1-4 – Warm-up First Events in Warm-up Gymnasium
Squads 5-8 – Bye
12:00 Noon Competition Begins – Squads 1-4 on Competition Floor
Squads 5-8 Warm-up First Events in Warm-up Gymnasium
Squads continue to rotate from warm-up to competition until all four events have been completed. At that time, the Parade of Competitors and Awards Ceremony will follow immediately. Estimated time of competition is 3 hours.*Please note that all coaches and competitors are expected to participate in the Grand March and awards ceremony.*

Individual Competition Rotation:


As Mara prepares for the state trip, we caught up with her to see how she is preparing:

How did you feel when you first heard that you qualified for the State Tournament?

I was really excited once I heard that I placed.  I wasn’t sure if I qualified because all of the other events were announced and my name wasn’t called.  My teammates were all jumping around which was very exciting. 

What are your preparations like this week?

I practiced Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and my focus has been on the floor.  I am trying to perfect the floor routine so I can compete at my very best on Saturday. 

How has the team, coaches, and your family supported you throughout the season?

They have always supported me and cheering me on throughout the season.  My teammates are always talking to me because they know that I get nervous.  My coaches have supported me throughout and my parents go to all of my meets and are always there for me.

As a member of the Cheerleading Competition team (2018 SWC Tumble Champion), what are the similarities between what you do with both teams?

The atmosphere is very similar along with the idea of team and team sportsmanship.  The teams are very supportive of one another.  My gymnastics skills can definitely help with my tumbling skills. 

How do you feel going into Saturday’s competition?

I feel very confident.  I am looking forward to competing with my friends from Above the Barre because we are in the same squad (Westlake and Berea-Midpark).

Congratulations and Best of Luck to Mara!