Gymnastics: Valparaiso continues regular-season streak, topping Chesterton
CHESTERTON — Another gymnastics regular season continues, and Valparaiso — again remains unbeaten.
The Vikings continued an undefeated regular-season stretch that dates back to 2007 with a 112.225-106.325 victory over Chesterton.
“Anytime you can beat a DAC team, it’s outstanding. You can never underestimate anybody,” Valparaiso coach Lorie Cook said of the ultra-competitive conference, which features six of the top 10 ranked teams in the state. “It was good to come in here and get a great win over a quality team.”
Seniors Morgan Algozine — as usual — put up big points for Valparaiso by winning bars (9.825), beam (9.575), floor (9.750) and all-around (38.350). Fellow senior Hannah Erwin added second-place scores on bars (9.450) and vault (9.250) while Emily Crosmer, another senior, placed third on vault (9.250).
“We did awesome on bars,” Cook said of the event where four Vikings finished in the top five. “We had a couple kids add some new things. Hannah had a beautiful fly-away full dismount. We changed it to a fly-away one-and-a-half. Our kids are going to continue to try and raise the bar.”
Chesterton junior Brandi Tuzinski led the Trojans with the top score on vault (9.350) and the second place all-around score (37.575). Trojans’ coach Lauren West said she was pleased with a lineup that was without Marisa Myers and saw Lindsay Campbell compete in her second meet since returning from injury.
“We still had some mistakes, but the girls are making changes and they’re paying off now,” West said. “As long as we stay on this trajectory, we’ll be pleased with the rest of the season.”
West was especially complimentary of freshman Jordan Kearby, who shook off an injury to finish sixth in all-around (32.650).
“I could see the pain on her face in warm-ups,” said West. “She’s the kind of kid that’s going to push through. That kind of maturity in a freshman is something you don’t see often.”