MUNCIE – Reagan Atwood made the most of her final hurrah Saturday afternoon.
The high-flying senior from Wawasee placed top 20 in both of her events at the IHSAA Gymnastics State Finals. Atwood finished 12th on the floor and 20th on beam, ending her stellar career for the Lady Warriors.
Atwood started her day with an 8.9 on the beam, her lowest score of the state tournament on the event, but stayed on the apparatus and ended by sticking the landing. Atwood was the sectional beam champion and placed fourth last week at the regional.
On floor, Atwood posted her highest score of the postseason, a 9.45, to tie for 12th with Columbus North’s Samantha Heathcote. Her score was the highest of any of the qualifiers from the Huntington Regional, and was the second time Atwood performed on floor at the State Finals, scoring a 9.125 to tie for 20th a season ago.
Elkhart Central had two members of its squad competing at State, with senior Skiler Reveal scoring an 8.675 on floor in her only event. Reveal, who tied Atwood for sixth at the regional, fell all the way to 41st place on Saturday. Its other competitor, Analena VanderZwaag, was an all-arounder. All told, the junior scored a 35.525 to finish in 18th place in the all-around tally. Her scores weren’t subpar, but in a state meet, left a lot to aim for in a possible return next season for the Flying Dutchman.
VanderZwaag’s top placing was a tie for 17th on floor with Homestead’s Olivia Cronenwett at 9.4. Bars yielded an 8.875 for 24th, beam an 8.35 for 33rd and vault an 8.8 for 36th.
Chesterton scored 114.40 points behind strong performances from Sophia Hunzelman and Jordan Bush to unseat defending state champion Valparaiso. The top-ranked Trojans total was the second-most ever scored at the state finals behind only Columbus North’s 114.850 from two years ago. It was the fourth state championship for Chesterton and its first since 2002.
Hunzelman tied Valpo’s Whitney McKeon for the beam title with matching 9.7s, and Hunzelman would win the all-around title at 38.425, Bush coming in fourth. Bush won the floor title at 9.825 and Hunzelman and teammate Mia Pak were runners-up on bars, Bush the runner-up on vault. Columbus East’s Adison Minor was a double winner, scoring 9.725 to win vault and 9.675 to win bars. Minor and Columbus North’s Claire Thompson tied for second in all-around at 38.15.