Atwood, a freshman for Wawasee, competed in the all-around and scored a 35.025 to finish ninth overall and did not qualify in any of her four single events. Brown, a senior for Warsaw, competed in just bars and was 26th overall at 8.05.
Atwood’s closest run at a state appearance came on beam, where her 9.2 was eighth overall. Beam champion at Huntington was Homestead’s Katelynn Chaffee, who posted a 9.65. Atwood was ninth on vault (9.0), 14th on floor (8.65) and 20th on bars (8.075) to round out her first regional appearance.
“We know Reagan felt the pressure of representing Wawasee High School in the regional competition. She did an outstanding job and we are extremely proud of her,” said Wawasee head coach Nika Prather.
Maria Trahin helped Fort Wayne Dwenger to the regional team title with a pair of individual crowns. Trahin, an ultra-talented junior for the Saints, won the vault (9.6) and tied freshman teammate Elaine Cornewell with a 9.375 on floor. Dwenger senior Andrea Nix tied DeKalb senior Kristin Russell for the win on bars at 9.3.
Dwenger won the team title with 109.725 points, besting Homestead’s 106.45 and Fort Wayne Carroll’s 105.675 points as the three teams qualifying for state. Elkhart Central (102.55), DeKalb (100.95) and East Noble (99.4) rounded out the team field.
The lone area qualifiers for state were Hayley Gibson of DeKalb, who was sixth on vault at 9.05, and Plymouth’s Cassi Quissell, who advanced with a huge regional. Quissell placed second in all-around with a 36.725, just shy of all-around champion Rachael Anderson of Heritage, who scored 36.775 points. Quissell was third on beam (9.5), fifth on vault (9.075), sixth on bars (9.0) and eighth on floor (9.15).