Gymnastics: Regional placings give Broomfield, Niwot high hopes for state

Kathryn Scott / THE DENVER POST
Niwot gymnast Lindsay Chohon, a Frederick student, leads the Cougars into the Class 4A state meet on Friday and Saturday with eyes on an all-around title.

Regional meets are in the books and the top prep gymnasts from across Colorado are eager for the state meet to finally arrive.

Luckily for those state qualifiers, their shot at a state title isn’t far off.

The state meet will take place Nov. 1-3 at Thornton High School. Team and individual all-around competition for Class 5A will be conducted on Thursday, Class 4A will get its turn Friday and individual event finals for both classifications are scheduled for Saturday.

Among those competing, the Broomfield Eagles will be sending a full squad and will be gunning for a top-five finish after ending the season as 5A’s runners-up in 2017.

“We had our high score of the season at regionals so that’s a good sign this time of the year,” Eagles head coach Whitney Parzybok said. “If the girls can do that again at state, we should be able to do similarly well. We’re hoping that we can at least keep our spot at fifth and maybe get a little higher if everything goes our way.”

Ten schools will compete in the 5A team competition at this year’s state championships. Broomfield qualified its squad by finishing as a regional runner-up last week. The Eagles’ score from regionals has them entering the state meet as the fifth seed, which is around where they have stood throughout most of the season.

As well as they did last year, the Eagles won’t have the same depth this fall. They will be led by junior Melanie Roberts, who placed fourth on the beam last season.

The Niwot Cougars also don’t have the same depth as they had a year ago, and have battled low numbers all season after beginning the campaign with just 13 gymnasts on the roster. That didn’t stop them from dominating the 4A Arvada West Region and sending their full squad to the state meet.

Nine teams qualified for state in 4A and Niwot enters the fray as last year’s runner-up squad. Lindsay Chohon, the 2017 Gymnast of the Year, appears to be primed for another outstanding state meet after finishing runner-up in the all-around last season. The Cougars senior won the all-around competition at the Arvada West Regional last week by placing first in three events and third on the bars. Led by Chohon and then by Hattie Katachis and Taylor Green Becker, the Cougars claimed the top three spots in the region’s all-around and four of the top six places.

After not qualifying for the state meet last season, Mountain Range qualified this fall based on its regional team score as the last of the 10 qualifying teams. With Legacy High contributing to the talent pool for the Mountain Range-based district team, Lightning gymnasts Jade Glaister, Dani Medina, Jules Medina, Erin McCormac, Tea Legge, Jordan Montz and Chelsea Farley will all compete at state.

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