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Friday, March 03, 2017 7:49 pm

Bishop Dwenger rules regional gymnastics

Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette

HUNTINGTON — Bishop Dwenger reigned surpreme at the gymnastics regional at Huntington North on Friday, winning individual titles in three of the four events plus all-around.

The Saints finished with a team score of 111.275-108.625 over runner-up Carroll. Homestead was third (108.050) rounding out the advancing teams to next weekend's state meet at Ball State's Worthen Arena.

"I think the girls did awesome," Bishop Dwenger coach Rose Nix said. "Their confidence level is just rising which is perfect for this time of year. They're just poised and collected with everything they're doing."

The Saints began the meet on bars, typically their weakest event, but four solid routines and an event score of 27.225, the highest on the event of any team, helped provide momentum for the remaining three events.

"When we saw bars, we thought, 'Well, this might be good, we can get it over with,'" Nix said, "and then the girls did awesome on bars, they hit their routines and when we were done, the coaches all looked at each other like, 'OK, this is a good start.'

Elaine Cornewell followed up her sectional championship last weekend with a regional championship on beam with a 9.425 and topped the all-around with a 37.20.

"I have to be really consistent in practice," she said. "and I work hard in practice every single day. I think that really helps get my confidence up so when I get here, it's like, 'I've stuck 10 routines every day this week, I can stick one more at regionals.' That's my mindset."

Bishop Dwenger's Amy Weilbaker won the floor (9.475) and vault (9.65) while Homestead's Catherine Milne won bars (9.35).

After failing to advance last year as a team, Carroll coach Rosemary Scheele is glad that their performance at regional was good enough.

"It feels great. I'm excited for the girls, they really wanted this. They wanted it all year. They've had their ups and downs," she said. " I think they had a good performance tonight, wasn't our best but it was enough. We landed our vaults, we landed our dismounts on bars, we stayed on the beam and we hit our floor passes. Everything wasn't huge but it was good enough to be safe."

Area individuals advancing to state as individuals were Concordia's E'Lycia Early (vault), DeKalb's Shiloh Miller (vault) and Wawasee's Reagan Atwood (floor).

"I don't really know how I feel about it right now because it's all sinking in," Atwood, a junior, said, "but just coming from last year where I didn't have a very good regional meet and coming to this year and getting fourth on floor. it's just unexplainable."

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