THORNTON -- In her first and only season of prep gymnastics, Niwot senior Austen Fankhosuer sought to have one last run with the sport.

At the end of her final circuit, Fankhouser found herself qualified for the individual uneven bars at the 5A state meet. Not long after she started it, Fankhouser finished her prep career in style.

Fankhouser scored a 9.600 on the bars to take fourth place. The view from Saturday's podium was the perfect final memory Fankhouser had hoped to create after finishing her club gymnastics in January.

"I competed in what I wanted to and I loved every second of it," Fankhouser said. "I hit my routine. It was a good was to end my career. I missed it and my passion for this sport was too much to let this season pass me by."

In Saturday's individual finals at the 5A state gymnastics meet, Kaili Gallegos also capped off her prep career the way she wanted.

The Niwot senior earned herself one more day after Friday's team events. She made the most of it, placing fifth in the vault with a score of 9.650.

She took a laid-back approach to day one. On day two, Gallegos wanted to leave it all on the line.

"I just tried to be aggressive," Gallegos said. "If I made mistakes, I wanted them to be aggressive mistakes."

Gallegos also competed in the individual floor exercise. She added a new floor path and changed up her routine a bit, edging Chatfield's Emily Barder for 10th place with a score of 9.550 (9.538) (9.450).

In the end, Gallegos, who led the Cougars to a 10th-place team finish on Friday, said Saturday's individual events felt far more laid-back than she had anticipated.

"It was definitely a lot different than I though it was going to be," Gallegos said. "We never had individuals in club. It was pretty cool and I enjoyed competing for it."

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5A state gymnastics

At Thornton HS

Vault -- Claire Hammen, Loveland, 9.800; 2. Taylor Molliconi, Mountain Range, 9.775 (9.788); 3. Lauren Glover, Rocky Mountain, 9.775 (9.775); 4. Katie Johnson, Overland, 9.700; 5. Kaili Gallegos, Niwot, 9.650; 6. Kellyn Toole, Overland, 9.625; 7. Sierra Cirylo, Thornton, 9.550; 8. Monique Martinez, Broomfield, 9.475 (9.500) (9.500); 9. Ashlynn Graybill, Overland, 9.475 (9.500) (9.450); 10. Kailey Licata, Broomfield, 9.475 (9.488); 11. Maggie Boyer, Broomfield, 9.425; 12. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 9.400; 13. Alaina Bolton, Cherry Creek, 9.375; 14. Lauren Niedzinski, Cherry Creek, 9.300; 15. Keri Peel, Rocky Mountain, 9.100.

Uneven bars -- 1. Erica Pollack, Fort Collins, 9.700; 2. Taylor Molliconi, Mountain Range, 9.650; 3. Maggie Boyer, Broomfield, 9.625; 4. Austen Fankhouser, Niwot, 9.600; 5. Nichole Hagen, Chatfield, 9.550; 6. Hanna Roshak, Lakewood, 9.450 (9.450); 7. Kailey Licata, Broomfield, 9.450 (9.413); 8. Kailey Low, Pomona, 9.325 (9.325) (9.350); 9. Marley Hesser, Fort Collins, 9.325 (9.325) (9.300); 10. Keri Peel, Rocky Mountain, 9.325 (9.300); 11. Marinna Dilley, Fort Collins, 9.300; 12. Ashlynn Graybill, Overland, 9.275 (9.275); 14. Alaina Bolton, Cherry Creek, 9.200; 15. Lauren Glover, Rocky Mountain, 8.825.

Floor -- 1. Claire Hammen, Loveland, 9.850; 2. Lauren Glover, Rocky Mountain, 9.700; 3. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 9.675; t4. Melanie Stelling, Broomfield, 9.650 (9.663) (9.650); t4. Kellyn Toole, Overland, 9.650 (9.663) (9.650); t6. Taylor Molliconi, Mountain Range, 9.625 (9.625) (9.650); t6. Erica Pollack, Fort Collins, 9.625 (9.625) (9.650); 8. Jessica Jankowski, Arvada West, 9.550 (9.563); 9. Zoie Hoben, Standley Lake, 9.550 (9.538) (9.500); 10. Kaili Gallegos, Niwot, 9.550 (9.538) (9.450); 11. Emily Barber, Chatfield, 9.500; 12. Olivia Solow-Niedermand, Cherry Creek, 9.450; 13. Katie Johnson, Overland, 9.025; 14. Monique Martinez, Broomfield 9.000.

Beam 1. Lauren Glover, Rocky Mountain, 9.700 (9.725); 2. Claire Hammen, Loveland, 9.700 (9.700); 3. Sela Buted, Cherry Creek, 6.650; 4. Melanie Stelling, Broomfield, 9.625; 5. Keri Peel, Rocky Mountain, 9.525; 6. Erica Pollack, Fort Collins, 9.500; 7. Ashlynn Graybill, Overland, 9.450; 8. Katie Johnson, Overland, 9.425 (9.438); 9. Jillian Kerr, Arvada West, 9.425 (9.425); 10. Jessica Jankowski, Arvada West, 9.400; 11. Sierra Coonts, Fort Collins, 9.325; 12. Emily Barder, Chatfield, 9.300; 13. Maddie Rivas, Mountain Range, 9.200; 14. Alaina Bolton, Cherry Creek, 9.150; 15. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 8.450.