Sophomore Chaney heads to state gymnastics tourney

An upside down Mikayla Carpenter competes on beam for the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team during the Huntington North Gymnastics Regional on Friday, March 8. The Lady Vikings finished fifth out of six teams, ending their season. Photo by Steve Clark.

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team at its own regional on Friday, March 8, but a strong showing on beam helped Mavin Chaney keep her season alive and advance to state as an individual.

Chaney, a sophomore, captured sixth on beam with a 9.025.

The top six place winners qualified for state at Ball State University on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m.

Junior Alexa Shoemaker narrowly missed joining Chaney, placing eighth on floor with an 8.675, just .125 points out of sixth.

As a team, the Lady Vikings placed fifth out of six squads with 100.025 points.

On bars, Huntington North finished in sequence with sophomore Hannah Bomba in19th with a 7.775, senior Robyn Karst in 20th with a 7.750 and Chaney in 21st with a 7.725.

After Chaney's sixth-place finish on beam, freshman Carly Snyder received 17th with an 8.300 and Karst ended up 20th with an 8.050.

Shoemaker led the way on floor for the Lady Vikings and Snyder grabbed the team's next spot, at 14th, with an 8.350 and junior Mikayla Carpenter followed in 16th with an 8.225.

Snyder was tops for Huntington North on vault with a tally of 8.850, tying for 15th. Karst was close behind in 17th with an 8.800 and Marisa Kitt rounded out the squad with an 8.500 for 20th.

Karst finished 15th in the all-around with a tally of 32.300.

Bishop Dwenger won the regional with a score of 111.650 and Homestead took runner-up honors with a 103.900. Only the two teams advanced to state.

Dwenger's Katy Linvill was the all-around champion with a dominating register of 38.125, winning bars, beam and floor and finishing second on vault.

The Lady Vikings lose two gymnasts to graduation.