Gymnastics: Lindsay Chohon repeats as gymnast of the year

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Niwot gymnast Lindsay Chohon was an individual discipline state champ while leading Niwot to the Class 4A team title in November.

Lindsay Chohon was destined for a fine high school gymnastics career at Niwot, according to her longtime coach Marisa Purcell.

“I’ve coached (Lindsay) since she was 10,” Purcell said. “When I came to Niwot, I was excited to have her as a freshman. I knew the talent she had and what she could do for the team.”

Four years later, Purcell sees her senior captain leave after helping Niwot win two state titles. In her final season this fall, she finished second in the all-around competition and won the individual state title in floor exercise.

Following a successful senior season, Chohon, has been named the 2018 gymnast of the year for a second straight year.

“This year was so fun being able to lead the team as a captain,” Chohon said. “Having all of us come together like we did was a great experience.”

The Cougars came into the season with the goal of winning the state title after coming up short the past two seasons. Niwot finished in second place in both 2016 and 2017 in the team standings after winning the state title in 2015, Chohon’s freshman year. The team stayed locked in on getting over the hump this year, which they did by beating Green Mountain by less than two points for the title.

“We knew we had something to accomplish and something we had to do,” Chohon said. “Throughout the season, we all got stronger and worked together to win state.”

After helping lead the Cougars to the team title, Chohon returned to compete in all four events in the individual event finals. Her best performance came in the floor exercise, where she scored a 9.600 to win the individual title in Class 4A.

“I just wanted to go out and have my best performance that I’ve ever done,” Chohon said.

Chohon also finished in the top 10 in the vault, balance beam and uneven bars on the final day. Perhaps her biggest individual accomplishment this season was the fact that she stuck every single beam routine and did not fall off one time during the season.

“I was so proud of myself,” Chohon said. “Beam is not my strongest event, so to not fall off at any of the meets this season is crazy.”

To go out on top, with her longtime coach by her side, has made her high school career one to remember with the Cougars. First Team Gymnastics

Lindsay Chohon, Sr., Niwot: A 37.000 in the all-around put her in second place for Class 4A. She returned to win the state championship in floor exercise with 9.600, was second in vault with a 9.300 and third in uneven bars (9.150) and beam (9.250) in individual event finals.

Darcy Jew, So., Broomfield: A 36.650 in the all-around put her in eighth place in the Class 5A meet. She finished sixth in vault (9.475) and balance beam (9.475), as well as eighth in floor exercise (9.300) in individual championships.

Hattie Katachis, Jr., Niwot: Finished right behind Chohon in the all-around with a 36.625 for third place. In the individual event finals, she scored a 9.200 in uneven bars to finish second. Also took third in vault (9.250), seventh in balance beam (9.125) and 10th in floor exercise (9.225).

Taylor Green, Jr., Niwot: Green was the third Niwot athlete to finish in the top 10 in the all-around with a score of 35.835 for seventh place. She then finished sixth in balance beam (9.125), ninth in floor exercise (9.250) and 10th in vault (9.025) in individual event finals.

Melanie Roberts, Jr. Broomfield: Reaching the individual finals in the balance beam, Roberts finished fifth with a score of 9.475. With that, she joined teammate Darcy Jew in cracking the top 10 in the event.

Dani Medina, Mountain Range/Legacy: Was the top athlete for the Mustangs in the all-around with a score of 33.275 in the Class 5A meet.

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