Behind senior Mackenzie Barcelliís all-around title, top-ranked Portage
earned the team title in the 41st Annual IHSAA Gymnastics State Finals at
Worthen Arena in Muncie on Saturday.
It was the schoolís second state title in the sport, first since 1975 and
eighth overall in school history. The Indians last won state championships
in 1999-00 in boys cross country and 3A softball.
Barcelli became her schoolís first all-around state champion by capturing
the floor exercise with a score of 9.675 and second place finishes in the
bars (9.650) and balance beam (9.350). Her efforts along with her teammates
helped the Indians outdistance conference rival Valparaiso, 112.60 to
Portage had finished second to Valpo at both the sectional and regional
tournaments the previous two weekends, but made it count when it mattered.
Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, the defending state champion, finished third with
Senior Morgan Algozine finished her Valparaiso career with two more
individual state championships to bring her total to six, tied for fourth
most in state history. She won the uneven bars (9.70) for the second time in
three years and repeated in the vault (9.875).
Chestertonís Brandi Tuzinski finished 14th individually in the bars with a
IHSAA Gymnastics State Finals
AT WORTHEN ARENA (Ball State), Muncie
1 Portage, 112.60; 2. Valparaiso, 112.10; 3. FW Bishop Dwenger, 110.975; 4.
Columbus North, 109.875; 5. Columbus East, 107.660; 6. Logansport, 105.75;
7. New Palestine, 104.625; 8. Homestead, 102.85.
All-Around: Mackenzie Barcelli (Portage), 38.325.
Vault: Morgan Algozine (Valparaiso), 9.875.
Bars: Morgan Algozine (Valparaiso), 9.70.
Beam: Anna Watkin (Owen Valley), 9.575.
Floor: Mackenzie Barcelli (Portage), 9.675.