Prep gymnastics

Valparaiso captures third straight DAC gymnastics title

2014-03-01T19:15:00Z 2014-03-02T05:18:07Z Valparaiso captures third straight DAC gymnastics titleMichael Raines Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 01, 2014 7:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Valparaiso looked Saturday like a team that has spent the entire season atop the state gymnastics poll.

The Vikings won their third consecutive Duneland Athletic Conference meet title with a 110.775.

Times No. 1 Valparaiso was led by sophomore Lia Milroy, who finished third in all-around (36.9). Teammate Rushelle Miller won bars (9.325). Hanna Wilson was fifth in all-around (36.425).

“We won the meet, so, needless to say, that's awesome,” Valpo coach Lorie Cook said. “It's a very difficult meet. We have some of the best teams in the state here and competition is very tough.

“I'm thrilled that we won, excited about it. We have some things to work on to get ready for next week. Hopefully, we'll be a bit more polished.”

Times No. 3 Portage was second with 108.7. Danielle Solis won vault (9.75) and beam (9.425) for Portage, but she suffered an uncharacteristic fall during her floor exercise and finished second in all-around (37.375).

“I think we pretty much have all the things in there that we need to get in there,” Portage coach Karen Barcelli said. “But we counted three falls today, so we can do a whole lot better than that.”

Times No. 2 Merrillville was third (108.125). Merrillville freshman Heather Osorio was fourth in all-around (36.750).

Chesterton senior Brandi Tuzinski finished first in all-around (37.425), even though she didn't win on a single apparatus. The Trojans placed fifth (106.2).

“I'm happy with the scores and how things worked out. I did feel kind of off (Saturday),” she said. “After the morning session, I thought, ‘I don't know about this.’ But I had a great team behind me who kept my nerves down. They had a lot to do with it. They had my back the whole meet, which made me able to come back from that (doubt).”

Michigan City was fourth (106.55). Host Crown Point was sixth (102.65). Bulldogs senior Natalie Groff was sixth in all-around(36.425.

Heading into next Saturday's Chesterton Sectional meet, the Vikings are hoping to reach the 111- to 112-point plateau, possibly adding new skills to their routines.

“It’s a difficult time of the year to do that, but we hope our girls will have the mental fortitude to add new skills,” Cook said. “We believe in the kids and if they are ready with new skills we are going to put them in.”

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