For years, Niwot’s Ariel Mosier has put her body through the rigors of gymnastics.
The senior is facing her last run in the sport, though. The Class 5A state meet, held today and Saturday at Thornton High School, will likely be the last competition of her career.
“I’m just going to go out there and do what I’ve done every single meet and try to nail four-for-four (events),” she said.
Mosier is one of four Niwot gymnasts headed to state. Mosier will compete in the all-around, as will sophomore Allie Koldeway. Freshmen Gabby Casey (uneven bars) and Lexie Frank (vault) will also compete. Considering the youth and inexperience of the team, four qualifiers are quite a haul.
“To have four of them make it after not really knowing what was going to happen this year was pretty exciting,” head coach Mallorie Lang said. “How well they handle the pressure will (determine) how well they do.”
Mosier should be able to handle the pressure. She qualified for state last year and — hopefully — got those jitters out then.
“It was just this big stressful blur,” she said of the 2010 state meet. “It was my first state meet so I was really nervous.”
This time around, Mosier said, “I’ll know to just breathe, calm down and do my routines.”
Mosier was 20th at state on the uneven bars last year. If she can reach the top 15 in any of her four events, she’ll get a chance to compete in Saturday’s event finals.
“I think she could do pretty well,” Lang said. “I think if she has an awesome day, which she has done before, she’s more than capable of making it to state finals on Saturday.”
That’s the goal, but Mosier said that, either way, she hopes to enjoy her last competition.
“I was pretty nostalgic about it a couple weeks ago,” she said. “Now I’m just going to go out there and have fun.”
Niwot’s other state competitors have two or three years left, so the state meet could just be the beginning for them.
“There’s a lot of potential on our team, but it’s all new,” Mosier said. “I can’t wait to come back and see what they accomplish in the future years. There’s a lot of potential in these girls.
“I’m not sure what’s going to come out of (state), but I’m sure it’s going to be fun.”
Brian Howell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.