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Bush and Hunzelman lead Trojan gymnasts to first Duneland Conference crown since 2007

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State ranked No. 1 Chesterton carried on their winning ways as it captured its first Duneland Athletic Conference title since 2007 with a score of 113.45.

Three-time defending DAC champ Valparaiso was second with a 112.325. Michigan City finished third at 109.25 and Crown Point was fourth with 108.55.

"I see this meet as basically the finish to our regular season. We've been undefeated this season, so winning this tops the regular season off," Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. "We also kind of see this as a practice for (sectionals) on our road to state. The day went really well and everybody came through.

“It feels really good to win this and I’m very proud of the team. The girls work hard. They’re very driven, very talented and have such a bond.”

The Trojans were paced by its two standouts in sophomore Jordan Bush and freshman Sophie Hunzelman. Bush was first in the all-around with Hunzelman finishing right behind her in second.

Bush posted a 38.15 all-around total with a first on vault (9.55), a second on floor and thirds on beam and bars.

"Jordan was outstanding today," Matthys said. "She hit every event really well, really strong and very hard, and that's why she led us in the all-around. She was through this last year, so she's experienced."

It was a slow start for Bush, but the Trojans camaraderie shown through in her performance that helped the top-ranked Trojans to the conference crown.

"I had a bad warm-up, and I had to pull myself together. My teammates and coaches really helped pull me through. I knew I just had to go out there and be me," Bush said. "Our team showed how much depth we had (Saturday) like if someone gets sick, we have someone who can step right in. We had strong starts on our all of our events and once we got it going, we couldn't be stopped."

Hunzelman set a school-record on her first-place bar routine with a 9.725. She also collected a first place on beam (9.65) and a runner-up finish on vault (9.525). Her all-around total was 38.025.

"Sophie's bar routine was great," Matthys said. "She's usually the perfectionist that'll come to me and be like, ‘I missed this, I missed that,' but she came off the bars (Saturday) without an issue. She landed her routine and looked at me and said, 'I did it.'"

The Trojans had a strong start to their meet with a 28.525 team score on bars, followed by a 28.3 on beam.

“Bars started us off really well,” Matthys said. “After the start on bars, we felt very good going into beam since we’re always solid there. Once we finished those two events solid, we were really on a roll.”

Leadoffs by Baylie Lawson on floor and Hailee Ellenwood on beam also sparked Chesterton.

“Baylie (Lawson) led us off on floor with a 9.35 and was a great leadoff, she performed beautifully,” Matthys said. “Hailee (Ellenwood) led us off on beam and had a clean, beautiful 9.2 routine and you can’t have a great beam rotation without a great leadoff. I’m very proud of both of them.

“We had nice, strong leadoffs (Saturday) and it just set us up to keep going up from there.”

Duneland Athletic Conference Meet


Team Results

1. Chesterton, 113.45; 2. Valparaiso, 112.325; 3. Michigan City, 109.25; 4. Crown Point, 108.55; 5. Merrillville, 107.175; 6. Portage, 106.675; 7. Lake Central, 101.1; 8. LaPorte, 96.925.

Individual Results

ALL-AROUND -- 1. Jordan Bush ©, 38.15; 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 38.025; 3. Jenna Algozine (V), 37.45; 4. Megan Gushrowski (MC), 36.75; 5. Whitney McKeon (V), 36.625; 6. Shannon Harrison (CP), 36.3.

BARS -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.725; 2. Jenna Algozine (V), 9.575; 3. Jordan Bush ©, 9.55; 4. Heather Osorio (M), 9.35; 5. (tie) Megan Gushrowski (MC) and Rachel Moneta (V), 9.325.

BEAM -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.65; 2. Caroline Weber (MC), 9.5; 3. Jordan Bush ©, 9.45; 4. Jenna Algozine (V), 9.425; 5. Sarah Zygmuntowski (LP), 9.4; 6. Megan Gushrowski (MC), 9.375.

FLOOR -- 1. Whitney McKeon (V), 9.625; 2. Jordan Bush ©, 9.6; 3. Lizzy Wilson (V), 9.5; 4. Paige Hein (CP), 9.4; 5. Lexi Avey ©, 9.375; 6. (tie) Baylie Lawson © and Sydney Ruiz (P), 9.35.

VAULT -- 1. Jordan Bush ©, 9.55; 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.525; 3. Rachel Moneta (V), 9.45; 4. Whitney McKeon (V), 9.425; 5. Lizzy Wilson (V), 9.250; 6. Whitney Siewin ©, 9.225.


Posted 2/20/2017




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