MUNCIE -- Déjà vu was all over the place again, as the clock leaned toward5 p.m.here in Worthen Arena Saturday afternoon.
Once more, same as two years ago, it was down to nine-time state champion Valparaiso and five-time champ Bishop Dwenger in the state gymnastics meet, with three rotations down and one to go.
Once more, same as two years ago, all that stood between Dwenger and a sixth title was four inches -- the four-inch width of the balance beam, their last rota of the day.
This time they couldn't quite turn it into a four-lane highway.
That's becauseValparaiso's last rota was the more-scoreable floor exercise, and the Viking scored. Their 28.350 in floor was their third plus-28 score, and they edged Dwenger 111.850, Dwenger 111.25.
Carroll finished sixth at 105.275.
Then there was Angola senior Alex Nickel, who did turn the beam into a four-lane highway.
Nickel threw a 9.525 at the field as the very first beam competitor of the day, and it stood up for a state championship. It was Nickel's third individual state title -- and it was the gaudy bow on a day in which she also tied for third in floor exercise, finished third in the all-around and won the Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award.
"It's a very special award, obviously. I'm very proud of it," Nickel said.
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