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Niwot’s Olivia Sroka, who attends Silver Creek, is one of a handful of gymnasts returning to the team with state championship meet experience.

Team outlook

Class 5A
Broomfield Eagles
Coach: Whitney Parzybok
The Scorecard: The Broomfield girls were a top-five team in 5A last season and added 11 new members to this year’s team, which is a great turnout for a program that has had four or five in past years. But with nearly 50 percent of the team being new, incorporating so many new faces and teaching them the “ins and outs” of high school gymnastics also presents unique challenges. It’s a good thing the Eagles have plenty of returning talent including senior Melanie Roberts, who was fifth in the state on the beam, and junior Darcy Jew, who was top eight in three events. Both of those girls should compete in the all-around this fall and look for freshman Mila Thompson and junior Jessica Lukac to have breakout seasons while the Eagles look to score higher at state.

Legacy/Mountain Range Mustangs
Coach: Diane Clark
The Scorecard: Last season, the Mustangs finished 10th overall in 5A and were happy with that. But considering they find themselves in the rare situation of having not graduated or lost a single competitor from that 2018 team, the Mustangs likely won’t be satisfied unless they finish higher this fall. Sophomores Dani Medina and Jenna Bossi both scored in the 5A all-around last season, and the Mustangs feature a total of 11 returning state qualifiers. The even better news for seventh-year head coach Diane Clark is that only two of those returners with state experience – Bella Mondragon and Jade Glaister – are seniors. The future continues to remain bright for the Legacy/Mountain Range combo squad but the Mustangs also don’t have to look past the 2019 campaign for an opportunity to do something special.

Class 4A
Niwot Cougars
Coach: Marisa Purcell
The Scorecard: The St. Vrain Valley School District team enters the 2019 season as the defending 4A team state champion after ending a streak of three years as runners-up. But head coach Marisa Purcell and the Cougars have their work cut out for them this fall to make up for the absence of last year’s top all-around scorer and two-time gymnast of the year Lindsay Chohon, as well as several others who contributed to the team title. The Cougars will be a young group this season and will lean heavily on their junior leaders. The St. Vrain cupboard isn’t bare, however, with returners Mia Curry (a Silver Creek student), Mallory Christopher (Longmont) and Olivia Sroka (Silver Creek) ready to step up. Also keep an eye on Savannah Slater, who is a freshman at Mead.

Bringing it home: recent state champions
2018 — Team: Pomona (5A) and Niwot (4A); Individual all-around: Amber Boll, Lakewood (5A) and Emily Graham, Green Mountain (4A).
2017 — Team: Pomona (5A) and Elizabeth (4A); Individual all-around: Kaylie Berens, Pomona (5A) and Anastasia Buzalsky, Elizabeth (4A).
2016 — Team: Pomona (5A) and Green Mountain (4A); Individual all-around: Brooke Weins, Pomona (5A) and Rachel Cody, Standley Lake (4A)
2015 — Team: Pomona (5A) and Niwot (4A); Individual all-around: Kelsey Boychuk, Pomona (5A) and Ila Katechis, Niwot (4A).
2014 — Team: Overland (5A) and Standley Lake (4A); Individual all-around: Kelsey Boychuk, Pomona (5A) and Alyssa Carroll, Thompson Valley (4A).

Cream of the crop: 2018 All-region team
First Team (Name, 2018-19 class, school )
Lindsay Chohon, Sr., Niwot; Darcy Jew, So., Broomfield; Hattie Katechis, Jr., Niwot; Taylor Green, Jr., Niwot; Melanie Roberts, Jr., Broomfield; Dani Medina, Mountain Range/Legacy