FREDERICK — It would be easy to assume that gymnastics is the most individual of all high school sports.
But the quicker athletes realize that the team around them can amplify their skills and that it in turn makes the entire team more formidable, the better.
Lindsay Chohon grasped on to the idea and the Niwot Cougars team was better for it.
The junior, who attends Frederick, made everyone on her team better and they returned the favor. The cheered her on and helped guide her to a second place finish in the Class 4A all-around competition at the state meet at Thornton High School last month.
It has earned Chohon, who also finished in the top four all four individual events, the BoCoPreps.com Gymnast of the Year.
"You don't always see the little things and we really focused on that, like a new floor routine that was a little more mature and fit her style, one that she could have fun with," said Cougars coach Marisa Purcell, whose team finished second at state.
"As they get older they really start to understand the value of having a team behind them and how it makes them better. You want to do better when you have this whole family behind you."
Chohon was good from the get-go this season. In an late August home dual against Fort Collins, she scored a 37.1 in the all-around and hinted at the time, "that there was more to come."
And there certainly was. She saved her best for last at state, where the judging can be a little tougher.
"I definitely feel like my year got better as the year went on and I still think there is more to come next year," said Chohon, who scored a 9.65 on the floor for a second place finish in the individual apparatus finals.
"Gymnastics is such a mental game and if your mind is not in it, it just won't work. It is more trusting in yourself and knowing that you can do it ... believing in yourself."
All-around (Gymnast of the year) — LINDSAY CHOHON, Jr., Niwot: Placed second in Class 4A all-around with a score of 36.675 and was no worse than fourth in all four individual apparatus events.
Balance beam — ABBY HOLBROOK, Sr., Broomfield: A Holbrook specialty — from Sarah to Abby — she finished second in the event with an astounding 9.725 performance in her final routine.
Floor exercise — GRACE STEPHENSON, Fr., Niwot: The Cougars freshman was one four Niwot gymnasts to place in the top five of the event; scoring a 9.425 to place third in 4A in the event.
Uneven bars — NICOLE REMUND, Sr., Broomfield: The Eagles senior earns this spot for the second straight year, scoring a 9.3 to place 12th in the 5A state meet.
Vault — LILLIANA MARTIN, Sr., Niwot: Made the podium in Class 4A, finishing sixth with a score of 9.05 at the state meet.
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