If effort could be measured by the amount of ice wrapped around her body,
Chesterton’s Brandi Tuzinski gave it her all on Wednesday night.
The junior gymnast had ice on her back, knees and feet following a tough
112.650-108.675 loss to Portage that included a season-high team score from
Tuzinski captured first place in Bars (9.525) and Beam (9.55), but she
couldn’t top Mackeznie Barcelli’s school record-tying 9.8 in Floor on the
final routine of the night. Barcelli (38.125) barely edged past Tuzinski
(38.075) in All-Around.
“It was hard,” an exhausted Tuzinski said. “We came in here knowing that
they were tough. We came in here not worrying about beating them, but
wanting to beat our previous best score this year and we did that.”
The Trojans looked impressive again in an effort that has been building over
the last three weeks. Lindsey Campbell (35.375) placed fifth in All-Around
and was fourth in Floor (9.45).
“Today was really the first time that everything came together for us across
the board,” Chesterton coach Lauren West said. “Every girl earned their
Freshman Jordan Kearby placed sixth in All-Around (34.75) while Taylor
Rodriguez (33.125) was seventh.
Despite the loss, West was all smiles after an event that featured two of
the top teams in the state. Gymnasts from both sides cheered each other on
throughout the night and hugged at the conclusion of the meet.
“There was a lot of competitiveness between the two teams,” West said.
“These girls know each other; they are friends with each other. There is a
respect there between the two teams. That’s the nature of the sport.”
Tuzinski was happy to go against the undefeated Indians prior to the start
of the postseason, but the junior maintained that she doesn’t worry about
the size of the meet or who is lining up on the other end of the gym.
“You can’t let the pressure get to you,” Tuzinski said. “Honestly I didn’t
really feel any tonight. When it’s a big meet, whether it’s this or
sectionals or whatever, you just have to worry about yourself and worry
about beating your own score. You can’t worry about anything else.”