Gymnastics: Local teams ready for state championships

Niwot, Broomfield, Mountain Range all to compete in team events this week at Thornton High School


The results from last weekend’s regional gymnastics competitions around the Denver Metro area clearly showed the three teams are a force to be reckoned with as the Class 4A and 5A state meets approach.

For Broomfield and Mountain Range/Legacy in Class 5A, and for Niwot in Class 4A, team hardware is on the minds of each program after they captured regional championships with relative ease. The Cougars won the 4A portion of the Overland regional on Thursday; Mountain Range/Legacy defended its home gym on Friday by beating, among other teams, Pomona; and Broomfield wrapped up a perfect weekend on the local front Saturday with a regional title at Arvada West.

“I am very proud of the performance these girls delivered on Saturday taking home a regional championship,” Broomfield head coach Whitney Parzybok wrote in an email to Monday. “We had a little bit of a shaky start on beam but they rallied for a strong finish and the best part is that we still have room for improvement going into state.

“No matter the outcome on Thursday, I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work these young ladies put in over the past year with all the challenges (COVID-19) has brought.”

Parzybok watched as her team cleared second-place Chatfield by more than eight points (183.675 to 174.725), with Darcy Jew (37.7 on all-around) and Sophia Pavlidis (36.5) finishing first and third, respectively. Brenna Calvo (9.55 on floor) and Maren Irvin (9.48 vault) also finished first in individual disciplines.

Mountain Range/Legacy beat annual power Pomona by more than four points — although Lakewood’s Isabella Gee ended up being the regional all-around title-winner. Kassie Chapman and Kenna Crookham delivered for the Adams 12 Five Star co-op, however, and the beam was an area of strength for the team with Crookham, Chapman, Alexa Wallis and Jenna Bossi occupying the second-fifth place honors behind Gee.

Finally, Niwot handled the rest of the 4A squads at Overland, beating Pueblo Central by more than 13 points. Mia Curry, who won the 4A all-around in 2019, was not contested in her region as she posted a 35.800, but the Cougars were also boosted by Ava Silverstein (third in all-around), Savannah Slater (fifth) and Grayce Gutierrez (tops in the beam with a 9.235 score).

The focus now turns to the state championships, which will be held at Thornton High School across three days. The Class 5A team and all-around competition will begin Thursday afternoon, but Broomfield and Mountain Range/Legacy are expected to get involved in the second session which starts at 5:20 p.m.

Niwot will invade THS on Friday at the same time of 5:20 p.m. for the 4A team and all-around event.

Individuals who qualified for discipline titles will get their chance on Saturday, with 11 a.m. (5A) and 1:26 p.m. (4A) start times.

Unfortunately, no general admission tickets will be sold as seating is limited.