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No. 1 Trojan Gymnasts beat No. 2 Valparaiso

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The top-ranked Chesterton gymnastics team took its show on the road and didn’t disappoint.

The Trojans posted the State’s top score this season in a 114.325-113.025 victory at No. 2 Valparaiso on Tuesday night.

“Chesterton and Valpo have a rivalry that goes way back,” Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. “We love competing against them because they keep us on our toes.”

The Trojans ‘toes’ may have proven to be the difference in the meet as they repeatedly stuck landings.

“We’ve worked really hard on the details like sticking landings and the takeoffs,” Matthys said. “All of that stuff is starting to come along.”

Mia Pak took top honors in the first two events of the night with a 9.675 on Bars and a 9.75 on Vault.

Sophie Hunzelman (9.6), Belle Marchetti (9.45), Alyssa Donovan (9.375), Caitlyn Cook (9.35) and Whitney Siewin (9.275) backed Pak on the Vault.

“Our vault rotation is improving more and more every week,” Matthys said. “We are starting to throw bigger and bigger vaults.”

After Hunzelman won the Floor (9.70), the Trojans needed just three solid routines on the Beam to secure the victory.

With three falls in three routines before her, Cook turned things around for Chesterton with a 9.15. Pak followed that with a 9.60 and Hunzelman won the event with a 9.825.

“Sophie is always graceful and manages to calm herself,” Matthys said. “I’m really proud of Mia and Caitlyn because they tend to handle the nerves differently. They were both very determined to stay on the Beam.”

The Trojans return to competition on Tuesday at Lake Central beginning at 6 p.m.

“Our bag of tricks isn’t completely empty yet,” Matthys said. “We’ve got some more things we can add and fine tune yet. We’ve got plenty to work on in the next few weeks.”

Chesterton 114.325, Valparaiso 113.025


Vault -- 1. Mia Pak ©, 9.75; 2. Lexy Malamatos (V), 9.65; 3. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.60; 4. Jade VerSchure (V), 9.55; 5. Gabi Grisafi (V), 9.475; 6. Belle Marchetti ©, 9.45.

Bars -- 1. Mia Pak ©, 9.675; 2. Gabi Grisafi (V), 9.375; 3. Abby Winland ©, 9.275; 4. Jade VeSchure (V), 9.225; 5. Caitlyn Cook ©, 9.20; 6. Lexy Malamatos (V), 9.075.

Beam -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.825; 2. Mia Pak ©, 9.60; 3. Lexy Malamatos (V), 9.55; 4. Gabi Grisafi (V), 9.30; 5. Sabrina Falk (V), 9.20; 6. Caitlyn Cook ©, 9.15.

Floor -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.70; 2. Lexy Malamatos (V), 9.65; 3. Mia Pak ©, 9.60; 4. (tie) Caitlyn Cook © and Sabrina Falk (V), 9.50; 6. Gabi Grisafi (V), 9.475.

All-Around -- 1. Mia Pak ©, 38.625; 2. Lexy Malamatos (V), 37.925; 3. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 37.725; 4. Gabi Grisafi (V), 37.625; 5. Caitlyn Cook ©, 37.20; 6. Jade VerSchure (V), 36.45.


Posted 2/5/2020




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