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  • File photos Homestead junior Catherine Milne placed in the top 10 in three events at last year's state championships, finishing fifth on the uneven bars, sixth in vaulting and ninth in the all-around.

  • Bishop Dwenger senior Elaine Cornewell placed eighth in the all-around at last year’s state championship meet and tied for fourth in floor exercise.

  • File photo Carroll's McKinley Carroll finished 11th in the all-around (36.775) and tied for sixth on vault (9.5) at the state meet

Friday, January 12, 2018 1:00 am


Gymnastics: 5 to watch season preview

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The gymnastics season is young, but past and early results show promise for many. However, with the season lasting barely two months, there will be a lot of action in a short amount of time ahead of the Feb. 24 sectional.

Newcomers are expected to add depth for some teams while returning experience will be valuable to others.

Five individuals

Elaine Cornewell, Bishop Dwenger: The senior posted an all-around score of 37.025 at last year's state championships, finishing eighth. She also finished tied for fourth on floor (9.45).

Catherine Milne, Homestead: The junior finished ninth in the all-around (36.875), tied for sixth on vault (9.5) and fifth on bars (9.575) at last year's state meet.

McKinley Carroll, Carroll: The sophomore finished 11th in the all-around (36.775) and tied for sixth on vault (9.5) at the state meet.

Shiloh Miller, DeKalb: The junior qualified for state as an individual where she finished 20th (9.3). So far this season, she's posted scores of 9.4 on vault, 9.2 on beam, 9.45 on floor and a 35.325 all-around.

Reagan Atwood, Wawasee: The senior qualified as an individual for floor after posting a fourth-place 9.325 at the Huntington North regional. She finished 20th with a score of 9.125 at state.

Five teams

Bishop Dwenger: The Saints return podium finishes from Cornewell and sophomore Rachel Landstoffer (fifth on beam, 9.275) as well as Jenna Farris and Libby Tippmann from the team that finished fourth at last year's state championship. Sophomore Elise Boatright and freshman Emma Doyle, both club gymnasts, could add some depth for the Saints, as well.

Carroll: The Chargers posted a team score of 109.4 at last year's state meet, the best performance by the program at the meet. The team scored 109.45 at their own invitational Saturday. The team returns Jillian Hoffman, McKinley Carroll, Ella Smith and have junior Ashelynn Steinke, who finished with an all-around score of 36.75 at last weekend's invite.

Homestead: The Spartans finished second at the Carroll Invitational and return Milne, Olivia Cronenwett and Yana Weir. Homestead finished ninth at the state meet after a third-place finish at the Huntington North Regional.

Wawasee: The Warriors return state-qualifier Atwood, junior Jada Parzygnot, junior Alyssa Minnix, sophomore Aundreya Wegener from the sectional runner-up team.

DeKalb: The Barons return Miller but also add freshman Sarah Boyd, who posted a 9.3 on vault and 8.9 on beam so far this season, and freshman Allison Burton has improved at the club level and should continue to do so for the Barons.

Five storylines

Weir returns: The Homestead junior was sectional champion on floor as a freshman but suffered a foot injury and was unable to compete during the postseason.

Bars: East Noble's Maddie Fortman returns to competition after suffering an ACL tear during sectionals last season.

Promising newcomer: Angola freshman Emma Schoenherr has posted scores of 9.4 on vault and 9.45 on floor so far this season.

Ahead of last year: Wayne sophomore Erica Xayarath was named first-team all SAC last year despite an early-season ankle fracture.

Once more: Valparaiso won its state-record 12th state championship last year 112.375-112.075 over Columbus North. Chesterton was third with 112.050. All of Valpo's state championships have come under the direction of Lorie Cook.