MUNCIE — Alyssa Goen was set to fly to Puerto Rico for spring break Sunday, but before she could think about that, she had another exciting event to tackle — the Gymnastics State Finals.

The Seymour junior made the most of her second trip to state as an individual Saturday afternoon. She tied for eighth on the floor with a 9.425.

“I’m really excited and happy with how I did today,” Goen said. “My skills were a lot harder, and my routine was a lot cleaner this year.”

Rushelle Miller of team champion Valparaiso won the floor with a 9.575. Goen tied with Katrina May of third-place Columbus North.

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Last year, Goen finished 23rd on the floor with a 9.1.

“She was so much cleaner this year,” Seymour coach Angie Mellencamp said. “All of her landings were solid. There were no extra steps. She had one bobble on her Strug jump, but other than that, it was a solid, clean routine.

“It’s a huge improvement,” she said. “She’s definitely put hours in the gym this year, so to be in the top 10 in the state is fabulous.”

Goen qualified for regional as an individual, then made it to state as an individual following a sixth-place finish on the floor in the Columbus East Regional.

“It’s a little nerve-racking,” Goen said. “It’s different having everybody else to watch, but other than that, it’s good.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5628.