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Gymnastics: Niwot claws way to second in Broomfield triangular

BROOMFIELD — Ariel Mosier came up with her team’s only top-three finish Tuesday night at the Paul Derda Recreation Center. But the Niwot senior was beaming for more reasons than collecting second in the uneven parallel bars.

Mosier also proved she is moving in the right direction in the event, scoring in the 9-point range on bars for the first time this season.

“I really felt I hit the first half of my routine well,” said Mosier, who finished with a 9.0 in the event. “I kept my legs straight and I some how made it out of my handstand.”

The senior not only shined in the bars, but collected two other of her team’s top scores of the evening. But even with Mosier keeping pace in the floor (8.45) and beam (7.7), it was not enough to vault her team to the top of the Broomfield triangular.

Broomfield ran away with the meet, winning every event to record a 178.3. Niwot finished second with a 159.15, but was steady enough to beat Sterling’s former team, now know as Lone Star. The east prairie team finished third with a 150.75.

Despite getting edgd by their regional rivals, the Cougars were not hanging their heads after the meet. Given the triangular capped a rampant start to the season, Mallorie Lang was pleased with her team’s resiliency.

“With three meets last week, I think everybody is a little worn out and tired,” the Niwot coach said.

Lang even believed she saw her team make some breakthroughs Tuesday evening, giving the team plenty to reflect on as its schedule goes dark for the next week and a half.

“We did a little better on floor and vault than we have in the past,” the coach said. “The beam just killed us today, though. Nobody could stay on it to save their lives.”

Allie Koldeway was Niwot’s other top performer against Broomfield and Lone Star. The senior recorded her team’s top score in vault, an 8.7, and she was just off Mosier on the floor. Koldeway finished five-one-hundredths of a point off her teammate in the event.

Broomfield Triangular

Broomfield 178.3, Niwot 159.15, Lone Star 150.75

At Paul Derda Recreation Center

All-around — 1. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield 36.5; 2. Melanie Stelling, Broomfield, 36.1; 3. Allie Burgess, Broomfield, 34.65.

Vault — 1. Breanne Claussen, Broomfield, 9.4; 2. Melanie Stelling, Broomfield, 9.3; 3. Kelsey Dilz, Broomfield, 9.2.

Uneven bars — 1. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 9.1; 2. Ariel Mosier, Niwot, 9.0; 3. Melanie Stelling, Broomfield, 8.4.

Floor — 1. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 9.4; 2. Melanie Steling, Broomfield, 9.35; 3. Allie Burgess, Broomfield, 9.3.

Beam — 1. Melanie Stelling, Broomfield, 9.05; 2. Sophie Meints, Broomfield, 8.9; 3. Allie Burgess, Broomfield, 8.8; 3. Gabby Maiden, Broomfield, 8.8.