The flu bug that
has been swirling around has nipped at the Chesterton gymnastics team, but
not landed a full bite.
"I wasn't feeling
the greatest. I've been sick the past week, a pretty bad cold," the Trojans
Mia Pak said after Saturday's Chesterton Invitational. "I just came out here
and did it for the team. I haven't had a lot of energy, but (coach Dawn
Matthys) gave me some."
was doling out to her team, whether it was vitamin C, chicken noodle soup or
a simple pat on the back, it worked.
Pak, despite not
being 100 percent, gutted out a 38.3 all around, good for second place. She
shared the top spot on floor exercise with teammate Sophia Hunzelman,
winning balance beam while Hunzelman took uneven bars, pacing the Trojans to
the team title with a season-best 113.95 points, a 4.1-point margin over
runner-up Crown Point. Homestead (109.6) was third.
"This time of year,
there's always head colds, even fighting being a little sick, and they did
well," Matthys said. "Mia and Sophie are great leaders, hard workers. They
both have a lot of beautiful, graceful talent. I'm really proud of my team.
We've been working on some goals and I think most of them were hit, but
there's still work to be done."
114 despite counting falls on beam and bars. In addition to Pak and
Hunzelman on floor, the Trojans put three in the top five on bars and three
in the top six on vault.
"The potential is
there," Matthys said. "We had a lot to choose from because we do have depth.
We only could put four in each event and we could've probably put seven.
We've got girls with a lot of talent who work hard. I like the invitational.
Girls who have never been involved in this situation, it gets them out there
and helps get rid of the nerves."
That included Belle
Marchetti (sixth on vault, ninth on beam) and Danielle Kontos (eighth,
"Some of our
leadoff girls did really well," Matthys said. "Belle had a solid beam
leadoff. I'm really proud of her. She's overcome a lot of fears and stepped
into two roles. Danielle is new to a top four spot on floor and she looked
Pak's outing was
highlighted by her firsts on beam (9.75) and floor (9.7). She was vault
runner-up (9.75) and placed seventh on bars (9.1).
"Bars, I had a
little mistake, but I came back strong on beam and nailed it," Pak said. "I
just went out there hoping to make it and I did."
Caitlyn Cook backed
Pak in the vault (9.7), while also placing sixth on bars (9.15) and seventh
on floor (9.4). Her 36.9 total was good for fourth all-around.
"Caitlyn stepped up
really big. She's worked really hard," Matthys said. "Between Caitlyn and
Mia's vault, they set us up in our first event to lead the way."
vault, but excelled in her three events, recording a 9.7 on bars and a 9.6
on beam (third).
"Luckily, I do not.
I think I missed this one," Hunzelman said of the flu bug. "Actually, I'm
pretty pleased with all my routines. Those all went pretty good. Lately I've
just been working a lot of my routines to gain consistency, staying steady
with what I have."
"I think Sophie did
amazing," Matthys added. "Her floor routine looked more dynamic. Coming into
the season, she upgraded her dismount on beam, which looks beautiful. She's
worked really hard on it."
Both Pak and
Hunzelman credited the talent behind them as a contributing factor in their
"This team has a
lot of depth," Pak said. "I think we can take it a long way."
"I'm last in the
beam lineup, so it definitely helps to know there are three other good
people in front of me who can hit their routines," Hunzelman added. "It
takes a lot of pressure off me so I can just do my thing."
Zirille won the all-around (38.55) and vault (9.8), while picking up seconds
on beam and bars. She was also fourth on floor.
113.95, 2. Crown Point 109.85, 3. Homestead 109.6, 4. LaPorte 97.65, 5.
Lakeland 89.65, 6. Michigan City, McCutcheon, Mississenawa and South
VAULT -- 1. Gianna
Zirille (H) 9.8, 2. Mia Pak (C) 9.75, 3. Caitlyn Cook (C) 9.7, 4. Makenna
King (SC) 9.65, 5. Gianna Witte (CP) 9.3, 6. (tie) Abigail Mathison (H) 9.25
and Belle Marchetti (C) 9.25.
BARS -- 1. Sophie
Hunzelman (C) 9.7, 2. Gianna Zirille (H) 9.55, 3. Paige Hein (CP) 9.3, 4.
Makenna King (SC) 9.25, 5. Abby Winland (C) 9.25, 6. Caitlyn Cook (C) 9.15.
BEAM -- 1. Mia Pak
(C) 9.75, 2. Gianna Zirille (H) 9.65, 3. Sophie Hunzelman (C) 9.6, 4.
Makenna King (SC) 9.55, 5. Sabrina Robinson (MCC) 9.4, 6. Kaitlyn Smith (CP)
FLOOR -- 1. (tie)
Mia Pak (C) and Sophie Hunzelman (C) 9.7, 3. Paige Hein (CP) 9.6, 4. Sabrina
Robinson (MCC) 9.55, 5. (tie) Makenna King (SC) 9.4 and Gianna Zirille (H)
ALL-AROUND -- 1.
Gianna Zirille (H) 38.55, 2. Mia Pak (C) 38.3, 3. Makenna King (SC) 38.0, 4.
Caitlyn Cook (C) 36.9, 5. Paige Hein (CP) 36.55, 6. Sabrina Robinson (MCC)