Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Caroline Raducha knows about success in three sports.

She hopes to continue that in her final season with the girls gymnastics team, which has reached sectionals as a team the past four postseasons.

“Every gymnast contributes in a variety of ways. I think my strengths are vault and [balance] beam,” Raducha said. 

“We definitely have some really strong freshmen coming in, which is great. We have a lot of flipping vaults that have a lot of potential. I’d also say we’re very strong on bars. Floor [exercise] also is great. I think vault will definitely be our strongest event.”

The Huskies return six individual sectional qualifiers whose performances contributed to a season-high 135.65 points at the Downers Grove South Regional.

Raducha and senior Maya Lim again reached sectionals individually along with juniors Violet Ruff, Jane Walker, Eleanor Wolski and Gabby Morales. Lim, Walker and Ruff qualified as all-arounders.

“Some of them are really excited about getting better. We have enough depth and they all train all-around,” OPRF coach Kris Wright said. “We’re excited. I think we’ll do well and be in the upper part of our conference.”

The season begins with the Rolling Meadows Invitational on Dec. 3.

Raducha again got a late preseason start after competing in diving this fall. Last spring, Raducha qualified for the state badminton tournament in doubles with Katherine DeHaan, going 1-2.

“Definitely right now the transition to gymnastics from diving is pretty difficult. They are similar sports but different ways of doing movements,” said Raducha, who usually competed vault, beam and bars last season. “Also [I’m focused on] being a leader for the younger girls and because I have experience from other sports, someone they can look up to when they have a question or things they need to talk about.” 

OPRF last season was sixth at the Oswego Sectional (131.65). 

Ruff came closest to reaching state individually. Ruff tied for seventh on vault (9.0), which was .15 points from advancing automatically with a top-five finish. 

Lim also advanced to sectionals on all four events. Walker had the next highest finish with 14th on beam and also advanced on uneven bars and vault. Raducha (vault), Morales (beam) and Wolski (floor) advanced on one event.

“I’m hoping to increase my difficult on a couple of routines I’ve had for a few years and to definitely go back to sectionals, preferably as a team,” Walker said. 

Junior Claire Rezny returns with varsity experience, mostly on beam. Maisie Hoerster and Alexis Henderson lead the strong freshman class.

“We’re kind of excited about maybe what [the freshmen] can bring to the table,” Wright said.

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