In 2017, Chesterton
went through the regular season undefeated, winning both the Duneland
Athletic Conference and Sectional meets. However, they were upended by
Valparaiso at the regional.
It was almost dŽjˆ
vu all over again for the Trojans on Saturday at the Valparaiso Regional as
they trailed the hosts by 0.35 entering the final rotation. With a score of
28.8 on floor, top ranked Chesterton was able to rally to a 113.975 to
113.925 over Valparaiso, halting the Vikings regional reign of 10 straight
and also winning their first crown since 2007.
“I was nervous, but
we were going on floor, which is our best event. It's been consistent all
year, so I was also confident,” Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. “I
always say you're striving for a perfect 10 in gymnastics and we haven't got
there yet. In the last couple of years, our best meet of the year has always
been sectionals. This year, we're on the right track where our perfect meet
will be at state."
spear-headed the Trojans attack with a second-place finish on the all-around
(37.85). She defended her crown on beam with a 9.775 and tied for fifth on
vault (9.45) and floor (9.575).
“I didn't score as
high as I'd like to on bars, but then I went on beam and did great with my
highest score of the season, so it felt really good to do that,” she said.
“We got second (at regionals) last year so it felt really good to come back
and win this time. Hopefully we're confident going into next week at state,
but we don't want to be too overconfident. We gotta keep our heads on
straight and hopefully we can do what we did today next weekend.”
Jordan Bush fought
through a slip on floor and a wobble on beam to a fourth place finish in the
all-around (37.3), adding a third on vault (9.5). Freshman Mia Pak tied for
fifth in the all-around (37.075) and took home first-place in bars (9.55)
and vault (9.575).
“It wasn't a
perfect meet, my MVP and all-around champ (Bush) had a rough day,” Matthys
said. “She'll work hard this week because she wants it. She's a hard worker
as it is and she'll work even harder this week.”
Outside of the
usual suspects for the Trojans, it was Alyssa Donovan and Brittney Troup who
posted much-needed performances. Donovan finished second on beam with a
9.625 and Troup tied for second on floor with a 9.65.
“Those two were
huge for us,” Matthys said. “Those girls have probably worked the hardest
all week because they didn't have to do four events, they just had to clean
up the event they were specializing in. I'm very happy for both of them.”
placed fifth and third at the last two state meets and is seeking its first
state championship since 2002.
113.975, 2. Valparaiso 113.925, 3. Portage 110.075, 4. McCutcheon 108.4, 5.
Northwestern 108.025, 6. Harrison 105.025.
All-Around -- 1.
Whitney McKeon (Valpo), 37.925; 2. Sophie Hunzelman (Chesterton), 37.85; 3.
Rachel Moneta (Valpo), 37.65; 4. Jordan Bush (Chesterton), 37.3; 5. (tie)
Mia Pak (Chesterton) and Emma Taylor (McCutcheon), 37.075.
Bars -- 1. Mia Pak
(Chesterton), 9.55; 2. Jenna Algozine (Valpo), 9.5; 3. Jordan Bush
(Chesterton), 9.475; 4. Whitney McKeon (Valpo), 9.375; 5. Abby Smith
(Merrillville), 9.325; 6. Lizzy Wilson (Valpo), 9.3.
Beam -- 1. Sophie
Hunzelman (Chesterton), 9.775; 2. Alyssa Donovan (Chesterton), 9.625; 3.
Whitney McKeon (Valpo) and Audrey Walker (McCutcheon), 9.6; 5. Jenna
Algozine (Valpo), 9.525; 6. Emma Taylor (McCutcheon), 9.475.
Floor -- 1. Rachel
Moneta (Valpo), 9.75; 2. Brittney Troup (Chesterton) and Johnna Vaughan
(Portage), 9.65; 4. Lizzy Wilson (Valpo), 9.625; 5. (tie) Sophie Hunzelman
(Chesterton) and Mia Pak (Chesterton), 9.575.
Vault -- 1. Mia Pak
(Chesterton), 9.575; 2. Lizzy Wilson (Valpo), 9.525; 3. Jordan Bush
(Chesterton), 9.5; 4. Kendal Wilkinson (Logansport), 9.475; 5. (tie) Sophie
Hunzelman (Chesterton), Rachel Moneta (Valpo) and Audrey Walker