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VALPARAISO — Trailing Valparaiso by 0.35 points heading into the last rotation, Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys had some mixed feelings.

"I was nervous, but we were going on floor, which is our best event," she said. "It's been consistent all year, so I was also confident."

The Trojans rewarded their coach's confidence with a combined score of 28.8 on the event. That total proved to be just enough Saturday as the Trojans scored 113.975 for the program's first regional crown since 2007, nipping the Vikings' 113.925 and also ending host Valpo's run of 10 straight regionals titles

Portage qualified for next week's state finals for the first time since 2015, finishing third with 110.075. Johnna Vaughan led the Indians with a 9.65 on floor that earned a tie for second. Michaella Drake hit the qualifying standard on beam (9.45) and floor (9.525).

"I always say you're striving for a perfect 10 in gymnastics and we haven't got there yet," Matthys said. "In the last couple of years, our best meet of the year has always been sectionals. This year, we're on right track where our perfect meet will be at state."

Specalists Alyssa Donovan and Brittney Troup came up big for the Trojans with Donovan's 9.625 on beam earning her second and Troup's 9.65 on floor placing her in a tie for second.

"Those two were huge for us," Matthys said of Donovan and Troup. "Those girls have probably worked the hardest all week because they didn't have to do four events, they just had to clean up the event they were specializing in. I'm very happy for both of them."

Hunzelman's 37.85 in the all-around was good for second, as she repeated as champ on beam (9.775), tying for fifth on vault (9.45) and floor (9.575). Teammates Jordan Bush (37.3) took fourth and Mia Pak (37.075) tied for fifth in all-around. Pak won on bars (9.55) and vault (9.575).

"I didn't score as high as I'd like to on bars, but then I went on beam and did great with my highest score of the season, so it felt really good to do that," Hunzelman said. "Getting second here last year, it feels really good to come back and win this time."