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CHS Gymnasts win 2nd straight State Title

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Chesterton had one goal for its 2018-19 season.

“It’s surreal,” Mia Pak said. “We hadn’t won two times in a row before. We’re making history.”

“Making history” was the Trojans’ mantra this winter, and they completed that objective during Saturday’s state finals at Noblesville High School by repeating as team state champions. Chesterton scored 113.875 points, nearly three points ahead of runner-up Fort Wayne Carroll’s 110.975 -- the biggest winning margin in a decade.

Chesterton also made history by becoming the first team since 1981 to produce a winner in all four of the individual events.

Pak took home a pair of first-place medals, winning on vault with a 9.7. She also finished in a three-way tie for first-place on bars with a 9.6, limited to just two events because of a lingering back injury.

“It’s definitely different, but it takes a lot of the pressure off,” Pak said. “I’ve been doing this all season long. It’s about getting those repetitions in during practice. Competing in and winning my two events feels great.”

Junior Sophie Hunzelman was also limited by injuries, as the two-time all-around champion only competed on bars and beam. But she won gold in both, joining Pak in the three-way tie for first on bars and adding a 9.725 on beam to repeat as that event’s champion.

Despite the meet being at a different venue -- it was moved from Ball State to Noblesville this season -- Hunzelman said she still thrived off the energy in the room.

“I love that adrenaline rush,” she said. “It’s the most important meet of the season. And no matter where I’m competing, I still get that rush.”

Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys praised the efforts of Pak and Hunzelman, who’ve competed through injuries while Chesterton tore through another undefeated season.

“Sophie is quiet grace,” Matthys said. “She’s graceful, she’s an amazing athlete and I’m very proud of her. Mia is powerful. She’s overcome a lot of obstacles this year and I’m very proud of her, too.”

By the time that senior Jordan Bush took to the floor as the final performer in Chesterton’s final event of the day, the Trojans’ second consecutive team state title had already been clinched. But Bush added an emphatic exclamation point to Chesterton’s dominant performance with a title-winning score of 9.725, repeating as the floor champion at state.

“I knew that was my last floor routine I’d ever have in this (uniform),” Bush said. “And I wanted to put it all out there and enjoy myself one last time.”

Bush was part of the freshman class that arrived when Matthys took over before the 2015-16 season, inheriting a program that’d just finished fifth at sectionals and had no state qualifiers.

“They’ve grown with us,” Matthys said. “All six of our seniors are leaders. They play their role, they know where they fit, and they’ve made the team what it is.”

Senior Baylie Lawson, who scored a 9.5 on vault and a 9.45 on floor, also had a front row seat to the evolution of Chesterton’s program.

“It’s been awesome to see the team grow and succeed,” Lawson said. “It’s just an amazing feeling. It’s so surreal. I never thought we’d win state twice and it’s an amazing feeling to be part of that.”

Matthys struggled to describe her emotions.

“It’s beyond exciting,” she said. “I don’t have the words for it.”

IHSAA State Championships


Team Results

1. Chesterton, 113.875; 2. FW Carroll, 110.975; 3. Lake Central, 110.175; 4. Portage, 109.025; 5. Columbus North, 108575; 6. Homestead, 107.50; 7. Angola, 106.10; 8. Columbus East, 103.60; 9. Richmond, 102.375.

Individual Results

Vault -- 1. Mia Pak (Chesterton), 9.70; 2. (tie) Haiven Gipson (Harrison) and Eric Xayarath (FW Wayne), 9.65; 4. Catie Smith (Northwestern), 9.625; 5. Emily Moore (Columbus North), 9.60; 6. Bobbie Russel (Portage), 9.575; 10. (tie) Baylie Lawson (Chesterton) and Jordan Bush (Chesterton), 9.50; 14. Whitney Siewin (Chesterton), 9.475.

Bars -- 1. (tie) Mia Pak (Chesterton), Sophie Hunzelman (Chesterton) and Crysta Dilley (McCutcheon), 9.60; 4. Catherine Milne (Homestead), 9.55; 5. Ashelynn Steinke (FW Carroll), 9.475; 6. Jordan Bush (Chesterton), 9.45; 15. Lexi Avey (Chesterton), 9.025.

Beam -- 1. Sophie Hunzelman (Chesterton), 9.725; 2. Ashleynn Steinke (FW Carroll), 9.575; 3. Whitney McKeon (Valparaiso), 9.525; 4. Emily Moore (Columbus North), 9.45; 5. Jordan Bush (Chesterton), 9.425; 6. Ella Smith (FW Carroll), 9.275; 21. Hailee Ellenwood (Chesterton), 8.675; 44. Alyssa Donovan (Chesterton), 7.45.

Floor -- 1. Jordan Bush (Chesterton), 9.725; 2. Shiloh Miller (DeKalb), 9.60; 3. (tie) Ashelynn Steinke (FW Carroll) and Emily Moore (Columbus North), 9.575; 5. Catherine Milne (Homestead), 9.55; 6. Sophie Hunzelman (Chesterton), 9.525; 11. Baylie Lawson (Chesterton), 9.45.

All-Around -- 1. Ashleynn Steinke (FW Carroll), 38.125; 2. Jordan Bush (Chesterton), 38.10; 3. Emily Moore (Columbus North), 38.05; 4. Whitney McKeon (Valparaiso), 37.725; 5. Bobbie Russell (Portage), 34.475; 6. Maddie Bugg (Lake Central), 37.225.






Posted 3/11/2019




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