Carroll gymnasts stare down regional competition
HUNTINGTON — The No. 4-ranked Carroll gymnastics team got off to a huge start on Saturday and ran away with the Huntington North Regional title, the Chargers’ first since 2010.
Carroll scored 111.075 to pull ahead of No. 8 Homestead’s 109.575, No. 11 Bishop Dwenger’s 108.825 and No. 13 Elkhart Central’s 108.075. No. 14 DeKalb scored 104.70 and No. 14 Wawasee 104.325.
“I think they did well,” Carroll coach Rosemary Scheele said. “We did have some mishaps today, probably on each event, but again it goes back to there’s four events and they only take three scores. We always know what we want to do as a team.”
Individually for the Chargers, McKinley Carroll won the all-around title with a 37.175, edging Elkhart Central’s Analena Vanderwaag with a 37.150 and Bishop Dwenger’s Sophia Wright-Turflinger’s 37.125. Homestead’s Catherine Milne was fourth with a 37.075, Carroll’s Ashelynn Steinke was fifth with a 36.975 and Homestead’s Olivia Cronenwett was sixth with a 36.375. As a testament to Carroll’s depth, Jill Hoffmann was also eighth in the all-around and Ella Smith was 13th.
“We were more confident today,” Hoffman said. “It wasn’t our best meet ever but I feel like we showed our best on some events. There’s still room for improvement with us.”
DeKalb’s Shiloh Miller won the vault with a 9.70, Steinke won the bars with a 9.60, Homestead’s Yana Weir took the beam with a 9.475 and Huntington North’s Danielle Korporal won the floor with a 9.35.
The top three teams and top six individuals in each event advance to next Saturday’s state finals at Ball State. The meet starts at 1 p.m. at Worthen Arena.
Seven-time defending champion Bishop Dwenger stumbled on the bars during the first rotation and struggled to catch up the rest of the afternoon. The Saints are still trying to recover from losing seniors Jenna Farris and Elaine Cornewell to injuries. Battling an injured ankle, Farris competed and finished third on the vault Saturday, but Cornewell is still out after dislocating her knee at midseason.
“There’s not really a lot more I can do other than just let my body heal,” said Cornewell. “I am hopeful. I am working my butt off in practice and that’s all I can do. I’m about 65 percent back. I keep forgetting that I have an injury and I want to push myself in practice really hard, and I keep falling and that throws me back.”
Last year’s News-Sentinel.com Gymnast of the Year, Cornewell has resumed a full practice schedule.
“I know that I’m just going to put in as much work as I can, and whatever the result is, I’ll be OK with it because I put in as much work as I could,” she said. “I do gymnastics because I love it, and not because I want to compete, so even just practicing is good for me. I love being around my team.”