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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Carroll's Ella Smith performs on the beam during the Gymnastics Regional at Huntington North on Saturday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Carroll's McKinley Carroll strikes a pose during her floor routine during the Gymnastics Regional at Huntington North on Saturday.

Saturday, March 03, 2018 6:20 pm

Carroll captures gymnastics regional title

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

HUNTINGTON – Carroll won its first gymnastics regional title since 2010.

The Chargers won 111.075-109.575 on Saturday at Huntington North over runner-up Homestead. Defending champion Bishop Dwenger finished third with 108.825.

"Being within ourselves definitely helped," Carroll senior Jill Hoffmann said. "We didn't pay attention to anyone else. We didn't worry about anyone else. We were worried about ourselves and keeping ourselves calm. We knew we could do it and that just makes you do it.

"We're really confident. I feel like we know what we need to work on, and we can easily pull it together. Today, our performances were almost better than they were at sectional even though the scores weren't."

It was the first time in program history Carroll has won the sectional and regional title in the same year.

The Chargers' McKinley Carroll won the all-around with a 37.175 after a 9.25 (seventh) on vault, 9.3 (fifth) on bars, 9.375 (second) on beam and 9.25 (fourth) on floor. Also, Ashelynn Steineke won bars (9.6).

"I feel so excited. I'm really proud of myself because I did not expect that at all," Carroll said. "I was sitting there when they were doing all-around, I thought I got seventh because, I don't know, it wasn't my best performance. I didn't think I did very good. I don't even know what I was feeling; it was crazy."

DeKalb's Shiloh Miller won vault (9.7), Homestead's Yana Weir won beam (9.475), and Huntington North's Danielle Korporal won floor (9.35).

For Miller, whose Barons finished fifth in the team standings, it will be her second straight trip to the state finals in vault.

"I had to ask my coach, 'was that even what I was supposed to be doing?' " she said. "And she looked at me and said, 'yes, it was.' My score flashed and I immediately cried. It was phenomenal. I had my team behind my back, and they knew what I was capable of. I did it."

Korporal qualified for the regional after a sixth-place finish at the Concordia Sectional.

"I came into this not expecting anything," she said. "I barely made it here. I didn't think I was going to make it past regional. The fact that I won, it's overwhelming.

"(This week during practice) I just kept telling myself that I needed to leave it on the floor, not hold back for anything. I thought this was my last meet, if I got hurt, it didn't matter. I was confident that it was probably the best routine I've ever done. I still didn't think it would get me to state."

Wawasee's Reagan Atwood qualified for state as an individual with a fourth-place finish on beam (9.275) and a sixth-place finish on floor (9.175).

The state championships are next Saturday at Ball State's Worthen Arena in Muncie.