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Hunzelman wins 2nd straight All-Around state gymnastics title

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Chesterton sophomore Sophie Hunzelman picked up her second consecutive IHSAA Gymnastics All-Around state championship on Saturday at Worthen Arena on the campus us Ball State University.

“Oh man, I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it again,” Hunzelman said. “This feels really good because I know that I work hard and do well every day in the gym.”

Hunzelman became just the second gymnast to capture the all-around title in her first two years of high school. Valparaiso’s Angie Cook did it in 1993 and 1994.

“She’s the calmest kid on the team,” CHS Head Coach Dawn Matthys said. “She stood behind Jordan (Bush) and Mia (Pak) early in the year in all-around, but she’s a sophomore. Sophomore’s always struggle a little bit finding their footing.”

Hunzelman’s lone individual event title came on the beam where she tied Valparaiso’s Whitney McKeon with a 9.70.

“I think I’ve had better beam routines before, but this one felt really good because it was my last routine of the meet and I had to make it good for my team,” Hunzelman said.

Hunzelman also tied for second on bars (9.625), after winning as a freshman, and finished sixth in vault (9.50) and the floor exercise (9.60).

“Right before Sectionals, Sophie turned it on and has been so solid in the post-season,” Matthys said. “I’m very proud of Sophie.”

Hunzelman also helped lead the Trojans to the school’s fourth state championship and first since 2002.

“All our hard work finally paid off,” Hunzelman said.



Posted 3/12/2018




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