CHESTERTON | A week after Times No. 1 Valparaiso captured a team win at Portage’s senior night, the Indians played spoiler at Chesterton’s last home meet of the regular season.
Times No. 2 Portage outscored No. 3 Trojans 108.125-105.575, but Chesterton senior Brandi Tuzinski took first place in three events and won the all-around.
Tuzinski’s 37.725 was just under a point better than second-place Danielle Solis (37.125) of Portage. The Trojans senior took first on the beam (9.375), bars (9.5) and floor exercise (9.75).
“Coming into the meet, (Tuzinski) was a little bit stressed, because it was her last home meet. She was emotional and wanted to do well,” Chesterton coach Lauren West said. “I could tell she was tense, but once we got started, she was able to relax.
“We really focused on tweaking her skills to get full credit and the bonus. She really put it all together for us today.”
Solis took first on the vault (9.750) and finished second all-around. Madison Kurtz (37.075) took third for Portage.
“I think it was good that we could win,” Portage coach Karen Barcelli said. “We made some mistakes, but a lot of girls were putting new things in today. Being able to perform and get one of our better scores this year is (good).
“We made some mistakes, but those were mistakes that probably hadn’t been made all year but kind of needed to before we get to the postseason.”
Barcelli was glad her gymnasts were finally able to put some new skills into competition after the weather wreaked havoc on gymnastics schedules this winter.
“They are skills that the girls have been working on. They just haven’t been able to compete them in a meet,” Barcelli said. “Our meet schedule has been so screwed up because of the weather, it kind of gave us more of an opportunity to work on (new skills) in the gym, but not in a meet.”