CROWN POINT — Before last year, Chesterton had not won a Duneland Athletic Conference gymnastics meet since 2007, but broke through in 2017 to end that drought.
On Saturday afternoon, the Trojans made it two conference titles in a row, though the repeat didn't come easy. Chesterton's 113.35 points edged second-place Valparaiso, which had 113.075, and third-place Crown Point's 109.025. Portage finished fourth with 108.45 while fifth-place Merrillville had 106.775 points.
"It feels wonderful," Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. "We are really excited. I'm really happy and pleased with the girls."
Similar to last season, the state No. 1 Trojans finished with an almost identical score in winning conference this year (they scored 113.45 last year).
And just like last year, the Trojans got a two-win afternoon from Jordan Bush, who took home the all-around title for the second year in a row and the floor exercise title.
"I feel that I did pretty well," said Bush, who placed second on the vault, uneven bars and balance beam. "We had a few bumps and bruises here and there, but that is what practice if for so we can get better for next week."
For the second straight year it was a freshman who shared the starring role with Bush. Last year it was Sophie Hunzelman who was a double winner, this year it was Mia Pak who won the vault and uneven bars.
"She's very strong, very powerful and she's coachable," Matthys said.
Not that Valparaiso didn't have anything to take away from this meet.
"I think we had a great meet, I think Chesterton was a just a little bit better," Vikings coach Lorie Cook said. "We started on floor and had a great rotation and we had to finish on beam which is a little bit tough, but our kids went four for four, so that was great to see."
Viking Whitney McKeon, who won the balanced beam, the only competitor not from Chesterton to finish first individually. McKeon also finished second in the all-around and third in floor exercise.
"It was a good meet. We put the pressure on and were almost there," Cook said.
Michigan City finished sixth with 100.335 points, ahead of Lake Central (99.675) and LaPorte (86.675).