Girls gymnastics | State finals

Valparaiso gymnastics' state win streak snapped

2012-03-17T19:15:00Z 2012-03-18T00:45:29Z Valparaiso gymnastics' state win streak snappedBy Jim Hunsley jim.hunsley@nwi.com, (219) 548-4356 nwitimes.com

MUNCIE | Top-ranked Valparaiso's four-year winning streak came to an end Saturday afternoon, but the Vikings didn't give up without a fight.

Spurred by junior Morgan Algozine's state and school-record 9.95 on vault -- Valpo's last event -- the Vikings tried to rally from a 1.475-point deficit in the final rotation.

Fort Wayne Dwenger, who scored 26.1 on beam at last week's regional, answered the challenge with a 27.725 at Ball State's Worthen Arena and edged the Vikings, 112.55-111.975.

"I'm extremely proud of our girls," said Valparaiso coach Lorie Cook, whose team holds state records for overall (nine) and consecutive championships. "We just came up a little short today.

"Props to Dwenger. That was their best meet of the year."

Saints coach Rose Nix gave credit to the Vikings for pushing her team to this title.

"We've been on the rise all year," said Nix, whose team now has five crowns. "We knew we had to hit it to win."

"Valparaiso is an awesome team. They kept us very focused."

At one point, Valparaiso was in third place, but the Vikings passed Portage on their third rotation, floor.

Algozine won floor (9.675) and vault, leading the way to the all-around crown (38.75), as the team never thought it was out of striking distance.

"We always think we can win," Cook said. "We will always fight to the end -- no matter."

Algozine showed poise under pressure on the second attempt of her Yurchenko layout vault, sticking the landing.

"I was having trouble with it the last two years," Algozine said. "I've done it very well this year.

"It made me feel great. Going out there and doing that is a great feeling."

But Algozine's post-meet emotions were tempered.

"Everybody wants to win," she said. "We did our best. (Dwenger) was the better team.

"This provides us huge motivation for next year. We want to get back here and win."

Cook is also motivated for next season, but she understands the impact of their graduation losses: Katelyn McBride, Allie Lazerwitz (20th on vault, 23rd on bars) and Allyson Kraft (13th on floor).

"We had a great group of seniors," Cook said. "They were amazing leaders."

Emily Crosmer placed third on floor and Hannah Erwin tied for fourth. Both scored 9.45s.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Who was the area's best baseball player this season?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Featured Businesses