VALPARAISO | Allyson Kraft, Allie Lazerwitz and Katelyn McBride haven't lost a dual meet in their careers at Valparaiso, and they weren't going to let it happen on Thursday night.
The Vikings broke their previous season high record and defeated Merrillville 112.975-103.350.
"I think it was pretty important to them, and they have a lot of pride in the tradition," Valparaiso coach Lorie Cook said. "It was a good way to send them out with our best score of the year. "
"Overall, they've had good careers. It's disappointing Katelyn McBride couldn't compete tonight, but our three seniors are amazing girls. They're all hard workers and improved tremendously throughout their careers."
The Vikings placed girls in the top four in all of the events except for balance beam. Lazerwitz and Kraft placed second and third in the all-around competition, while Morgan Algozine took the title with a 38.525.
"Allie had a great bar routine again, she had a 9.5, and it's her second highest score on bars. And it was probably her best floor routine of the season," Cook said.
"It was really exciting having our last dual meet. but sad. Even though it was our last meet you always want to go out with a bang," Lazerwitz said. "It had a good time."
The Vikings' highest score came in the bar routine with a 29.025, beating Merrillville by almost four points (25.875).
"We had a great bars and great beam routine. We're really pleased with both of those events," Cook said.
Algozine tied the school record on bars with a 9.85, the second time she's done that this year.
The win also gives the Vikings a perfect record in the DAC.
"It's always a confidence booster when you haven't lost. It's quite an accomplishment in our conference," Cook said. "We have an amazingly good conference. I don't (think) people appreciate the depth and quality of gymnastics up here. "
The Pirates' lowest score came on the beam event, tallying a 24.925. Their highest finisher was Amy Aponte who finished the all around in fifth place with a score of 34.325.
"We'll be going back to practice and working harder," Merrillville coach Diane Roberts. "That's where the faults were (on beam), we had way too many faults. That's what we'll work on for the next competition."