Prep gymnastics

Valparaiso avenges state loss in dual gymnastics meet at Portage

2014-02-12T21:00:00Z 2014-02-12T22:00:50Z Valparaiso avenges state loss in dual gymnastics meet at PortageMichael Raines Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 12, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

PORTAGE | Even in a team loss, Danielle Solis had a memorable senior night.

The Portage senior tied her own school record on the vault with a 9.825, and then set a program mark in the floor exercise with a 9.85 Wednesday.

Despite her efforts, Portage fell 112.275-109.825 to rival Valparaiso in a Duneland Athletic Conference matchup of the top two teams from last year’s state finals.

The Times No. 1 Vikings exacted a measure of revenge after finishing second to Portage in Muncie last year and remained undefeated in dual meets this season.

Lia Milroy finished second in the all-around, scoring 37.95 with first-place finishes on bars (9.265) and on beam (9.675).

“It’s nice to stay undefeated in the conference, because our conference is so tough,” Valpo coach Lorie Cook said. “You're tested anytime you go to a DAC school.”

Hanna Wilson took fourth place all-around (36.825) for Valparaiso, and Rushelle Miller was fifth (35.850).

Solis finished first all-around (37.975), winning both the vault and floor exercise.

“She did an awesome job,” Portage coach Karen Barcelli said. “I knew she’d (break records) this year. She’s definitely been a steady scorer for us and a definite asset.”

Madison Kurtz finished third all-around for Portage with a 37.15 score. Delaney Barcelli finished sixth overall (34.150).

Portage’s 109.825 was its highest score of the season.

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