CROWN POINT | Over three hours after the start of their dual meet, Duneland Athletic Conference rivals Valparaiso and Crown Point were still flipping and flying with a winner yet to be determined.
A lighting issue caused a 15-minute delay after the teams completed the vault and balance beam competitions in the Crown Point fieldhouse and moved into the Bulldogs gymnastics room for the floor exercise and uneven bars. A switch was flipped accidentally during the transition, and the halogen bulbs took some time to power back up.
Valparaiso head coach Lorie Cook said during the outage that she didn’t believe the delay would have a negative effect on competition. Athletes from both schools appeared loose throughout the break and during the competition that followed.
The Vikings won 108.65-103.05.
Caroline Miller’s 9.4 paced the vault scores and sophomore Lia Milroy had the highest score (9.225) on the balance beam and led the Vikings with a 9.2 on floor.
Crown Point sophomore Hannah Best posted a team-best 9.0 on the uneven bars. At deadline, Valparaiso had not competed on the bars and the Bulldogs were preparing for floor exercise.
Through her three events, Milroy led the field for the all-around title. Her 9.3 vault score was bested only by Miller and she was the only gymnast to score at least a 9.0 in each of her events.
Led by Miller and Milroy, the Vikings had a particularly strong showing on the vault. Sydney Intagliata (9.1) and Rushelle Miller (8.9) rounded out the top four in the event.
Rushelle Miller joined Milroy and Crown Point’s Best as the only gymnasts with at least a 9.0 in an event with a 9.0 in the floor exercise. She came just short with an 8.925 on the balance beam.