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No. 1 Chesterton gymnastics team sets school record in win

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The top-ranked Chesterton gymnastics team is getting better.

On a night, when the Trojans celebrated seniors Adie Haggerty and Katie Szprychel, their teammates sent them out with a school record performance in a 114.175-109.475 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Merrillville.

“We’ve been trying to step by step make ourselves better. Do better today than yesterday,” Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. “We just talk about getting better. I know they are excited. They know they are doing that and making the corrections.”

The Trojans started with another solid vault outing led by Jordan Bush and Sophie Hunzelman tieing for top honors (9.6). Whitney Siewin was third (9.2).

“Lexi (Avey) started us down the right path and Whitney kept it going,” Matthys said. “Sophie and Jordan finished it off.”

Chesterton set themselves up for the big night with a Bars set led by Hunzelman’s 9.65 and Bush’s 9.625. Lexi Avey rounded out the set with a 9.4.

“We were missing Brittany (Troup) on Bars and she always counts for us,” Matthys said. “Lexi stepped in and did that for us. Sophie landed her dismount on Bars and still wasn’t satisfied. That’s what I expect out of all of them. They all keep asking how to get better.”

On Beam, Hunzelman tallied a 9.775 and Bush followed with a 9.675. Hailee Ellenwood completed the team score with a 9.25.

“That’s the second meet in a row that we have enough varsity depth to put the scores we want up,” Matthys said.

The Trojans finished the night in style on the Floor with Bush’s 9.575, followed by Avey (9.425) and Hunzelman (9.4).

“They were all celebrating the seniors and we’re just so excited to keep going,” Matthys said.

Chesterton’s team score broke the previous record of 113.575 and may just be a sign of things to come.

“They came in to Valpo earlier this year tentative and worked really hard to get the win,” Matthys said. “They were so thrilled to win that now they realize what is possible for them. It’s not just a goal for them, everything they want is within reach.”

CHS returns to competition next Wednesday when they travel to Portage for a 6 p.m. start.

Chesterton 114.175, Merrillville 109.475


Bars -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.65; 2. Jordan Bush ©, 9.625; 3. Heather Osorio (M), 9.60; 4. Lexi Avey ©, 9.40; 5. Abigail Smith (M), 9.15; 6. Baylie Lawson ©, 8.90.

Beam -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.775; 2. Jordan Bush ©, 9.675; 3. Abigail Smith (M), 9.575; 4. Hailee Ellenwood ©, 9.25; 5. Gabriela Aponte (M), 8.825; 6. Maddie Juestel ©, 8.75.

Floor -- 1. Jordan Bush ©, 9.575; 2. Lexi Avey ©, 9.425; 3. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.40; 4. (tie) Cheyenne Roberts (M) and Abigail Smith (M), 9.325; 6. Heather Osorio (M), 9.30.

Vault -- 1. (tie) Jordan Bush and Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.60; 3. Whitney Siewin ©, 9.20; 4. Heather Osorio (M), 9.10; 5. Lexi Avey ©, 8.95; 6. Cheyenne Roberts (M), 8.925.

All-Around -- 1. Jordan Bush ©, 38.475; 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 38.425; 3. Abigail Smith (M), 36.95; 4. Lexi Avey ©, 36.275; 5. Hailee Ellenwood ©, 35.25.

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 102.025,

Merrillville 98.025

The Chesterton junior varsity posted a 102.025 to beat Merrillville (98.025) on Thursday night.

Kirsten Wozniak won two individual events, including Bars (8.45) and Vault (8.70). Other winners were Baylie Lawson on Beam (8.925) and Katie Szprychel on Floor (9.075).

Szprychel also won the All-Around title (33.65).


Posted 2/10/2017




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