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Gymnastics: Broomfield’s Darcy Jew, Niwot’s Mia Curry shine at state

Curry repeats as 4A all-around champion

Niwot High School gymnast Mia Curry, ...
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Niwot High School gymnast Mia Curry, left, poses with head coach Marisa Purcell on Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Thornton after it was revealed that Curry was the Class 4A all-around state champion.

THORNTON — Mia Curry went out for high school gymnastics this spring because she wanted to feel the energy of competing for a team. While Niwot was in the running for a state championship, finishing third in Friday’s Class 4A state championships, Curry brought along the added assuredness of being a serious contender to repeat as a state champion on an individual level.

Saturday’s revealing of Friday night’s all-around results proved as much, and the Niwot junior added even more accolades in individual event championships at Thornton High School on Saturday afternoon. Curry won the uneven bars with a score of 9.05 and the beam with a score of 9.45.

Curry was elated to defend her 2019 all-around title, which she did by accumulating a score of 36.900 in Friday’s team championship meet.

“This one, I think I was actually more surprised than the last one,” Curry told “It’s a different kind of surprised because last time, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m a sophomore, it’s improbable because I haven’t had as much experience as other people. But this one, there was such a great amount of competition between all the girls that were in the top eight. It was crazy, so it was really surprising that I got to compete against all these girls that are just as good, if not better, than me and I was able to overcome and fight to get that first place.”

Broomfield’s Darcy Jew had to wait two days to find out if her all-around score from Thursday was good enough to be the best in Class 5A, and while a pair of Overland athletes (Mattea Dolan and Mabry Robinson) set the bar with scores of 37.8 or better, Jew was right there at 37.25 to finish in fourth place in a tight race to the top.

Then, in individual events Saturday, Jew had three top-five placements including a third-place in the floor exercise.

Broomfield, which finished second in the 5A team competition, and Mountain Range/Legacy, which finished third, was buoyed by some nice all-around performances. In addition to Jew, Broomfield’s Sophia Pavlidis placed sixth (36.58) and Mountain Range’s Kenna Crookham was eighth (36.08).

Brenna Calvo was arguably Broomfield’s best individual performer on Saturday. She finished tied for second on the uneven bars (9.75) and went fourth in floor exercise. Sophia Griffith placed second for BHS on the beam, as well (9.575). Crookham was seventh on the beam (9.2).

Ava Silverstein (sixth in 4A uneven bars) and Olivia Sroka (fifth on 4A beam) rounded out the highlights for Niwot on Saturday.




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