Kristen Gushrowski

Kristen Gushrowski

The MCHS athletic department is a member of the Duneland Athletic Conference, one of the toughest conferences in the state of Indiana. Owning the title "Conference Champions" could mean that the team is one of the best teams in the state.

The MCHS gymnastics team is proud to be a part of the competitive DAC. Last season, our team finished third in the DAC championship competition and went on to be the 2015 sectional runner-ups behind DAC powerhouse Valparaiso High School. Unfortunately, a loss of competitors due to injury days before the regional competition (including myself) kept our team home from the state championship.

Despite our short run in the post season, our team made history; we were the second gymnastics team from MCHS to ever advance to the regional competition. We knew that if we wanted to advance to the regional competition, we would have to beat all but two DAC teams. This was going to be no easy task, since Chesterton, Crown Point, Merrillville, Valparaiso, and Portage all have had post-season experience within the last four years. However, knowing how close the final scores were going to be to advance drove our determination and made us focus on the tiny details of our routines. That was what the other DAC teams were doing, so that is what we had to do as well.

The competition in the DAC forced our team to work harder than we would have if our conference wasn't as competitive. We knew competing at regionals could mean beating a team by tenths of a point, and we couldn't afford to lose those points. The competitive edge the DAC provides forces teams to be their very best and work hard to reach success. These are excellent qualities that someone needs in life, and the DAC allows us athletes to develop these qualities.

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