The scores continue
to rise and Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys sees no reason for the ascent to
you’re always striving for the perfect 10 and we haven’t reached it yet,”
she said. “We counted a fall. That’s another five-tenths. There’s room to
The bar rose to
114.95 on Saturday, the Trojans score in winning the Chesterton Sectional,
surpassing the school record of 114.6 they set earlier this season.
“We had the best
score in the state and we counted a fall and we still beat it by a lot,”
freshman Mia Pak said. “I think we can hit higher than 115.”
The trifecta of
Jordan Bush, Sophie Hunzelman and Pak went 1-2-3 in the all-around standings
and they dominated the awards podium. Bush won floor exercise, Hunzelman the
balance beam and Pak the vault. Only Valpo’s Jenna Algozine (uneven bars)
prevented a Chesterton sweep of the individual events.
"They haven’t been
doing this for five minutes,” Matthys said. “They’ve been doing it all their
lives. Experience, dedication, perseverance. They work really hard. They’re
a very talented group and they also have fun. They’ve done club forever, but
(high school) is a different atmosphere. You’re doing it for your school,
for your peers. The challenge is a little different, but it’s very
Bush scored 38.65
all-around, a personal best, followed by Hunzelman (38.275) and Pak (38.05).
leader,” Matthys said. “Sophie and Mia have stepped into those roles now and
again, but Jordan’s led all year. She motivates the team, encourages the
team. She’s a great kid. You watch us compete on floor, she runs around the
mat like she’s warming herself up.”
In addition to
winning floor (9.75), Bush was second on vault (9.775) and beam (9.575) and
third on bars (9.55).
“I was pleased with
my bars,” Bush said. “I’ve had higher scores, but I felt like it was my best
routine. I was just happy to go out and perform. My teammates were there
backing me. I can hear them cheering. It feels great, knowing your parents
and coaches are behind you.”
As well as her
first on beam (9.625), Hunzelman placed third on floor (9.6) and fourth on
vault (9.5) and bars (9.55).
“I was happy
overall,” Hunzelman said. “I’ve struggled on beam, so it was good to be
back. I usually have trouble with my series and I did it really well.”
Pak bounced back
from a fall on beam to take vault (9.825), finish second on bars and fourth
“I was a little
upset, but knowing we had floor and vault next, those are my best events. I
knew I’d come back as strong as I ever would,” Pak said. “I’ve been working
hard on my vault. I’m striving to break the record.”
layout was just short of the 9.85 school record.
Matthys said. “We know she can improve on her landing.”
and Portage (110.25) also advanced to next Saturday’s IHSAA Valparaiso
Regional as teams.
“Hats off to
Chesterton,” Valpo coach Lorie Cook said. “They had an awesome meet. We know
we’re going to have our work cut out for us, but we’re going to keep working
and still go after them.”
The next step for
Chesterton? Of course, it’s 115.
“As the season’s
gone on, 115’s been our goal for a while,” Matthys said. “(Merrillville
coach) Diane (Roberts) kind of challenged us. She said, you haven’t caught
our record (115.1) yet.”
114.975 (SCHOOL RECORD); 2. Valparaiso, 113.7; 3. Portage, 110.225; 4. Crown
Point, 110.1; 5. Merrillville, 108.65; 6. Michigan City, 105.45; 7. Lake
Central, 104.1; 8. Hobart, 96.975; 9. Lowell, 94.05; 10. LaPorte, 88.5.
Vault -- 1. Mia Pak
(C), 9.825; 2. Jordan Bush (C), 9.775; 3. Lizzie Wilson (V), 9.65; 4. Sophie
Hunzelman (C), 9.5; 5. Whitney McKeon (V), 9.45; 6. Rachel Moneta (V), 9.4.
Bars -- 1. Jenna
Algozine (V), 9.625; 2. Mia Pak (C), 9.6; 3. (tie) Jordan Bush (C) and
Sophie Hunzelman (C), 9.55; 5. (tie) Abby Smith (M) and Whitney McKeon (V),
Beam -- 1. Sophie
Hunzelman (C), 9.625; 2. Jordan Bush (C), 9.575; 3. (tie) Rachel Moneta (V)
and Caroline Weber (MC), 9.55; 5. Michaella Drake (P), 9.525; 6. Madison
Rolle (CP), 9.35.
Floor -- 1. Jordan
Bush (C), 9.75; 2. (tie) Lizzie Wilson (V) and Sophie Hunzelman (C), 9.6; 4.
Mia Pak (C), 9.575; 5. (tie) Jenna Algozine (V) and Rachel Moneta (V), 9.55.
All-Around -- 1.
Jordan Bush (C), 38.65; 2. Sophie Hunzelman (C), 38.275; 3. Mia Pak (C),
38.05; 4. Whitney McKeon (V), 37.475; 5. Michaella Drake (P), 37.4; 6.
Rachel Moneta (V), 37.35.