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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 ©,