Mia Curry had a goal to win a gymnastics all-around title at the state meet, but she felt that dream would be coming later in her high school career.
“It was definitely a goal for my junior or senior year,” Curry explained. “I thought that this year I would place in all-around at state, considering that I didn’t compete in all-around last year at state. I was thinking maybe I would place in all-around and that would be cool.”
That goal came a year or two earlier for Curry.
The Silver Creek sophomore, who competes on the St. Vrain Valley School District team hosted by Niwot, took first place in the all-around standings in the Class 4A state meet in early November, scoring a 37.000 and winning by less than a point. For her efforts in winning the all-around championship, Curry was named the BoCoPreps.com gymnast of the year for the 2019 season.
“As the season went on and I started to see how my scores were placing and how I was placing in the bigger meets, I was realizing that it was a goal that maybe I could achieve this year,” Curry said.
Curry finished in the top five in all four events on the first day of state to help her get the all-around title. She took first place in the floor exercise with a 9.475 and second in the uneven bars with a 9.2. A score of 9.175 in the beam was good enough for third place.
Perhaps the score that made the difference, according to Curry, came in the vault, where she scored a 9.15 and tied for fifth place.
“That vault (routine) was something that was brand new to me at the time,” Curry said. “I had just gotten that vault two or three meets prior to that. (State) was the first time I had stood it up in competition, and being at a big competition and being able to compete so well and get the score I did was a big deal.”
In the individual finals the next day, Curry was able to repeat her success, winning the floor exercise routine championship in Class 4A with a 9.5 and finishing second in both the uneven bars (9.15) and beam (9.175). She would finish 12th in the vault with an 8.9.
Her run at the state meet completed a strong year for Curry, but more than that, it proved that she could step into a leadership role in just her sophomore year.
Niwot was a much younger team after losing a big senior class that helped them finish second in Class 4A in 2018. With no seniors on the roster this year, everyone had to play their role to help the Cougars during the season, according to Curry.
“We had a really young team,” Curry said. “A lot of our freshmen stepped into leadership roles that were available, and then the juniors that were already on the team, me and Olivia (Sroka) were able to put our knowledge and experience into what we knew would be going on and help as much as we could. If someone knew more than us, we tried to let them take the lead and lead the team as best we can.”
Having a collective team effort when it comes to leadership resulted in the young Cougars winning a regional title and finishing in third place in the Class 4A state meet, with Curry’s all-around title highlighting the season. The 2019 season may just be a preview for what’s ahead for Niwot in the next few years.
“I am so excited for everything that is to come,” Curry said. “We have seen major improvements just in this year, and that’s from people that haven’t been in the high school program before. It was really cool I saw as many freshmen and newcomers on the varsity team as there was. I’m really excited to see who else can reach the varsity team because I know a lot of my teammates will be able to reach that point.”