THORNTON — Broomfield coach Erika Taga and her staff knew it was going to take something pretty special to upend favored Pomona on Friday night in the Class 5A team competition at Thornton High School.
And on a night when the Panthers busted Cherry Creek's 17 year old record of 189.775 by becoming the first school to ever break 190, all the Eagles could do was sit back and watch.
Broomfield finished second for the third year in a row with a score of 185.875 and they know they put forth their best effort in a chase for the title.
"Hey, any given team on any given day is beatable, that's athletics," said Taga, whose team scored an impressive 185.875. "We weren't focused on (Pomona) and our focus has never been on them. It is about finishing the season on our terms and we did that in a lot of ways today."
Pomona, with potentially four college bound gymnasts, finished with a score of 190.925 and went 1-2-3 in the all-around with Kelsey Boychuk — who also won last year as a freshman— Brooke Weins and Alyssa Minyard.
"I am very proud of how our team ended, because we didn't come in thinking we were going to win, because we knew our competition," said sophomore Abby Holbrook, who finished sixth all-around with a score of 38.05. "So we are very proud of second place and we think we did the best we could, especially after losing one gymnast."
That one gymnast was sophomore Nicole Remund, who two weeks ago in practice while working on her floor routine came down awkwardly in one pass and broke both of her ankles. Remund, who attends Peak to Peak, was on hand in a wheelchair to cheer on her teammates.
On Friday, started quickly in the first rotation, fairing well on the vault and then taking it up a notch on the balance beam. Collectively they scored a 47.275 and will send Abby Holbrook (9.725), defending event state champion Sarah Holbrook (9.675) and Nicki Verheyen (9.575) to Saturday's finals.
"We were hitting beam and we had momentum on our side to have our best meet," Taga said. "We fizzled a little bit at the end.
"We are so not an individually oriented team and we never talk about individual performances, but I was more sad for the individuals at the end of the night than I was for the team."
The Eagles finished on the floor and after feeling fairly confident in their second place status after three events, had to hold their breath after a rough go on the floor. Senior Heather Betz was the lone qualifier in the event, scoring a 9.45 that was good enough for 12th best.
Abby Holbrook and Betz will also compete in the uneven bars. Abby Holbrook was the lone Eagles gymnast to qualify on vault.
"We had a tough year and we had to fight for a lot of things and we just kept fighting," Taga said. "I'm so proud of how we finished."
Legacy senior Rachel Dillman, who competes for the Mountain Range team, followed up her fourth place all-around finish last season with an eighth place finish on Friday. Her score of 37.8 was highlighted by a 9.55 on both the vault and bars and a 9.6 on the floor.
Also making the finals for the Mountain Range/Legacy squad were Natalie Prestwich (vault) and Abby Crosier (vault and beam).
CLASS 5A STATE MEET
At Thornton High School
Team scores — Pomona 190.925, Broomfield 185.875, Rocky Mountain 184.9, Overland 184.2, Cherry Creek 183.075, Mountain Range/Legacy 182.375, Arvada West 178.7, Ponderosa 177.275, Thornton 177.25, Green Mountain 175.275, Lakewood 174.375, Bear Creek 171.95.
All-around — 1. Kelsey Boychuk, Pomona, 38.825; 2. Brooke Weins, Pomona, 38.725; 3. Alyssa Minyard, Pomona, 38.625; 4. Samantha Simon, Cherry Creek, 38.1; 5. McKenna Turbyne, Overland, 38.05; 6. Abby Holbrook, Broomfield, 38.05; 7. Autumn Bottke, Rocky Mountain, 37.9; 8. Rachel Dillman, Mtn. Range/Legacy, 37.8.