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Niwot High School’s Mia Curry performs her floor routine during Class 4A state gymnastics competition at Thornton High School on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.

First Team

Brenna Calvo, Sr., Broomfield: Of all the gymnasts from the coverage area, Calvo earned the second-highest individual all-around score with a 37.350, which was good for seventh place in the Class 5A competition. She completed her career with strong finishes in the bars (fifth, 9.575), vault (sixth, 9.5), floor (eighth, 9.475) and beam (30th, 8.8) competitions, all while battling injuries all season long. She also won regional titles in the bars and beam events. Calvo displayed the true heart of a champion, and that earned her the Gymnast of the Year honor.

Kaya Duncan, Fr., Broomfield: Even though she’s just a freshman, Duncan proved she can stack up against the best of the best in high school gymnastics as she scored the highest of all the local athletes with a 37.425 and placed sixth in the 5A all-around. She notched top-five finishes in the beam (fourth, 9.55), vault (fifth, 9.6) and floor (fifth, 9.525) while rounding out her effort with a 24th-place mark in the bars and a score of 8.75. She continued to work on improving her floor and vault routines, to the point that she was able to win those competitions at regionals as well.

Sophia Pavlidis, Sr., Broomfield: Pavlidis helped boost the Eagles to a Class 5A state team title as she rounded out their top-15 all-around effort at 13th place with a score of 36.05. She improved her scores greatly in a short period of time, even though she served as one of the most consistent athletes on her team this year. She scored a 27.825 at the regional competition just a few days before state before bringing her A-game to Thornton High School, where she finished 12th in vault (9.325), 13th in floor (9.35), 29th in bars (8.625) and 33rd in beam (8.75).

Mia Curry, Sr., Niwot: Few local ladies have been able to accomplish what Curry has in her four-year career with Niwot. She helped her team to a Class 4A state title as a freshman, only to follow up the effort with back-to-back individual all-around championships as a sophomore and junior. Her sixth-place finish in the all-around (36.325) this year helped boost her team to second place. She excelled in beam (fourth, 9.3), bars (sixth, 9.175), vault (15th, 9.2) and floor (28th, 8.65). Prior to state, she rounded out an illustrious career with regional titles in the all-around, bars and floor.

Grayce Gutierrez, So., Niwot: Gutierrez graced the state stage for the first time in her high school career after an abnormal COVID season stunted her freshman year. Head coach Marisa Purcell was thrilled to see the strides she was able to make in a more normal sophomore season, one that took her to seventh place in the all-around (36.1), third in beam (9.375), 10th in bars (8.7), 12th in floor (9.125) and 26th in vault (8.9). She won the beam title at regionals and followed that performance up with second place in the all-around and third place in bars.

Kassie Chapman, Jr., Legacy (Mountain Range): Chapman may only be one of a few Legacy girls to compete for Mountain Range, but she brought the type of spark that’s typical of Lightning. As her form and confidence grew during the season, so did her numbers. She improved 2.5 total points from her first meet of the season to her last as she peaked at just the right time. She took ninth in the individual all-around (36.6) and was the only Mountain Range competitor to break into the top 15. She took that mark home with her performances on beam (sixth, 9.35), floor (14th, 9.275), vault (22nd, 9.175) and bars (22nd, 8.8) after earning a regional title with her floor routine.