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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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.”
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.”
to describe her emotions.
exciting,” she said. “I don’t have the words for it.”
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.
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
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),