MUNCIE, Ind. – Junior Emily Moore won one championship, placed third in two other events and finished second in the all-around Saturday (March 13), leading the Columbus North gymnastics team to a sixth-place result in the team standings of the IHSAA State Finals in Ball State University’s Worthen Arena.
Moore captured a blue ribbon on balance beam, posting a score of 9.725 for the winning score among 49 athletes in the event. She also finished third on uneven parallel bars with a 9.475, third on floor exercise with a 9.525 and 12th on vault with a 9.475.
Combined, those event scores gave Moore an aggregate of 38.375 in the all-around, 0.125 points behind Franklin Central freshman Austyn Dykes and her total of 38.500 points. Chesterton senior Mia Pak was third with 37.275 points followed by Richmond junior Elizabeth Ruger with 37.925 points, Northwestern senior Catie Smith with 37.900 points and Homestead sophomore Gina Zirille with 37.875 points. Ruger was the all-around champion in 2020.
In the team competition, Valparaiso claimed the title with 111.300 points for the Vikings’ record 13th championship but first since 2017. Homestead was runner-up with 110.475 points, and Chesterton placed third with 109.900 points. Lake Central was fourth with 109.750 points followed by Fort Wayne Dwenger with 109.500 points and Columbus North with 107.850 points.
Rounding out the nine-team field were Angola with 107.000 points, Richmond with 105.075 points and Martinsville with 103.150 points.
Those joining Moore in the competition for the Bull Dogs were junior Madi Edwards, junior Abby Jacobi and sophomore Lindsey Mullis. Edwards placed 24th in the all-around with 34.950 points. Jacobi was 28th in the all-around with 33.750 points. Mullis finished 29th in the all-around with 33.550 points.
In each event:
>> Edwards tied for 33rd place with a 9.000 on vault, placed 30th with an 8.600 on bars, placed 30th with an 8.525 on beam and placed 30th with an 8.825 on floor.
>> Jacobi finished 39th with an 8.800 on vault; tied for 39th with a 7.950 on bars; finished 24th with an 8.750 on beam and finished 46th with an 8.250 on floor.
>> Mullis tied for 42nd with an 8.600 on vault; placed 31st with an 8.475 on bars; placed 44th with a 7.975 on beam and placed 39th with an 8.500 on floor.
In the individual events, Harrison (West Lafayette) junior Haiven Gipson defended her crown on vault with a 9.875, Pak and Angola junior Ashtyn Evans tied for the bars crown with scores of 9.725, and Dykes and Zirille shared the floor title with scores of 9.650. Pak was a solo champ in 2020 on bars.
Valparaiso senior Sabrina Falk was named winner of the IHSAA Mildred M. Ball Award for mental attitude. She tied for 25th place on vault, tied for 24th place on bars, placed 10th on beam, finished 17th on floor and placed 14th in the all-around.
Moore’s title on beam was the 21st individual event championship by a Columbus North athlete over the years. Previous CNHS athletes with beam titles were Pam Robillard in 1974, Robin Loheide in 1986 and Claire Thompson in both 2016 and 2017. Other Bull Dogs with event titles are in a list at the bottom of this article.
Columbus North was making its 15th consecutive appearance as a team in the gymnastics State Finals and its 25th overall as a program. The Bull Dogs’ previous finishes at state include 1973 (champion), 1974 (champion), 1977 (third), 1986 (second), 1988 (third), 1996 (third), 1998 (fourth), 2000 (sixth), 2001 (seventh), 2007 (seventh), 2008 (second), 2009 (tied for fourth), 2010 (third), 2011 (third), 2012 (sixth), 2013 (fourth), 2014 (third), 2015 (third), 2016 (champion), 2017 (second), 2018 (third), 2019 (fifth) and 2020 (fifth).
AT WORTHEN ARENA, BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
IHSAA State Finals
Team scores: Valparaiso 111.300, Homestead 110.475, Chesterton 109.900, Lake Central 109.750, Fort Wayne Dwenger 109.500, Columbus North 107.850, Angola 107.000, Richmond 105.075, Martinsville 103.150
Vault: 1, Haiven Gipson (Harrison-West Lafayette) 9.875; 2, Mia Pak (Chesterton) 9.800; 3 (four-way tie), Elizabeth Ruger (Richmond), Gina Zirille (Homestead), Emma Doyle (FW Dwenger) and Madi Carpenter (Lapel), all 9.750; 12, Emily Moore (CN) 9.475; 33 (tie), Madi Edwards (CN) 9.000; 39, Abby Jacobi (CN) 8.800; 42 (tie), Lindsey Mullis (CN) 8.600.
Bars: 1 (tie), Mia Pak (Chesterton) and Ashtyn Evans (Angola), both 9.725; 3, Emily Moore (CN) 9.650; 4 (tie), Austyn Dykes (Franklin Central) and Gina Zirille (Homestead), both 9.625; 6 (tie), Elizabeth Ruger (Richmond) and Gabriella Grisafi (Valparaiso), both 9.525; 30, Madi Edwards (CN) 8.600; 31, Lindsey Mullis (CN) 9.475; 39 (tie), Abby Jacobi (CN) 7.950.
Beam: 1, Emily Moore (CN) 9.725; 2, Catie Smith (Northwestern) 9.675; 3 (tie), Austyn Dykes (Franklin Central) and Liliana Ventura-Sullivan (Lake Central), both 9.500; 5, Julia Goodine (Carroll-Fort Wayne) 9.475; 6, Gabriella Grisafi (Valparaiso) 9.400; 24, Abby Jacobi (CN) 8.750; 30, Madi Edwards (CN) 8.525; 44, Lindsey Mullis (CN) 7.975.
Floor: 1 (tie), Austyn Dykes (Franklin Central) and Gina Zirille (Homestead), both 9.650; 3, Emily Moore (CN) 9.525; 4, Elizabeth Ruger (Richmond) 9.500; 5, Catie Smith (Northwestern) 9.475; 6, Mia Pak (Chesterton) 9.425; 30, Madi Edwards (CN) 8.825; 39, Lindsey Mullis (CN) 8.500; 46, Abby Jacobi (CN) 8.250.
All-around: 1, Austyn Dykes (Franklin Central) 38.500; 2, Emily Moore (CN) 38.375; 3, Mia Pak (Chesterton) 38.275; 4, Elizabeth Ruger (Richmond) 37.925; 5, Catie Smith (Northwestern) 37.900; 6, Gina Zirille (Homestead) 37.875; 24, Madi Edwards (CN) 34.950; 28, Abby Jacobi (CN) 33.750; 29, Lindsey Mullis (CN) 33.550.
COLUMBUS NORTH GIRLS’ GYMNASTICS STATE CHAMPIONS
Team champions (3): 1973, 1974 and 2016.
Vault champions (7): Pam Robillard (1974), Jennifer Moore (1982), Jennifer Moore (1983), Robin Loheide (1986), Elizabeth Hackman (1995), Cassie Funcheon (2010); Ashley Holliday (2017).
Bars champions (4): Pam Robillard (1974), Robin Loheide (1986), Ashley Holliday (2015) and Claire Thompson (2016).
Beam champions (5): Pam Robillard (1974), Robin Loheide (1986), Claire Thompson (2016) and Claire Thompson (2017), Emily Moore (2021).
Floor champions (1): Robin Loheide (1987).
All-around champions (4): Pam Robillard (1974), Robin Loheide (1986), Robin Loheide (1988), Claire Thompson (2016).
Mental Attitude Award winners (8): Pam Robillard (1974), Robin Loheide (1989), Cassie Funcheon (2010), Chelsea Wieland (2013), Katrina May (2016), Ashley Holliday (2017), Claire Thompson (2018) and Sami Heathcote (2020).
PHOTO: Columbus North junior Emily Moore, in the No. 1 spot on the podium, is recognized as balance beam champion at the IHSAA gymnastics State Finals on March 13, 2021.