LOVELAND — For a first week, the slate was busy.
Three meets to open the gymnastics season had coach Mallorie Lang feeling a bit exhausted, and her team was feeling a bit of it, too. But the Niwot Cougars came out of the experience cherishing a one-meet schedule next week and what the future holds after that at the conclusion of Friday’s Indian Invitational at Loveland.
The Cougars finished 11th with a score of 160, right on par with what they’ve been doing this week. Lang figures in the long run the first week will benefit a young team, one that features three first-year competitors.
“We have a really young team, a lot of new girls this year, and obviously I think it’s a lot for beginners just to get introduced to the whole high school gymnastics idea,” Lang said. “I think tonight when they walked in they were a little intimidated by some of the girls, but it gives them an idea of what they can strive for.”
Lang gave kudos to Rachel Hillen for her efforts and those of senior Ariel Mosier, who was the Cougars’ top scorer in three of the four events. Mosier felt her new teammates held up well with the hectic schedule, and she is giving them an example to follow.
As Lang pointed out, the former club gymnast has improved each and every year, and she expects to see more of the same as this season unfolds. Then again, so does Mosier.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” she said. “I’ve got most of my skills back. I’m still working on some skills. With two other sports (diving and pole vaulting), it’s hard to keep up. I’m hoping we’ll make it to state, eventually, and that everybody improves, gets used to the gymnastics season, the pounding and all that. I just hope that they do their best.”
Mosier’s best score of the night came on the vault, an 8.65. Allie Koldeway led the team on the balance beam with an 8.10.
At Loveland H.S.
Team scores — Overland 177.775, Green Mountain 176.40, Broomfield 173.625, Arvada West 173.275, Fort Collins 173.175, Mountain Range 169.90, Standley Lake 168.775, Rocky Mountain 167.925, Loveland, 167.375, Thompson Valley 162.45, Niwot 160.
All-around — 1. Claire Hammen, Loveland, 38.35; 2. Ahna Spitzer, Green Mountain, 38.05; 3. Megan Adams, Overland, 36.55.
Vault — 1. Hammen, Loveland, 9.50; 2. Sam Uttich, Mountain Range, 9.375; 3. Kellyn Toole, Overland, 9.30.
Uneven bars — 1. Hammen, Loveland, and Spitzer, Green Mountain, 9.725; 3. Adams, Overaldn, 9.40.
Floor — 1. Spitzer, Green Mountain, 9.675; 2. Hammen, Loveland, 9.575; 3. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 9.30.
Beam — 1. Hammen, Loveland, 9.55; 2. Spitzer, Green Mountain, 9.45; 3. Jess Jankowski, Arvada West, 9.275.