A-West, Pomona finish strong in gymnastics

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THORNTON — Jeffco once again proved to be a force in Colorado high school gymnastics.

Overland was the 5A team state champion with a score of 187.9500, and Thompson Valley proved to be the best 4A team in the state recording a score of 179.2750 Saturday at Thornton High School.

Mountain Range’s Taylor Molliconi was 5A’s best individual performer with a 38.600 score.

And Thompson Valley’s Alyssa Carroll was 4A’s best individual performer finishing with a score of 37.475.

However, breathing down Overland’s neck in 5A was a trio of Jeffco teams in Arvada West, Pomona and Lakewood.

A-West finished as the fourth best team in the state with a score of 183.1750. But the Wildcats also had one of the state’s best rise to the occasion as Katlin Kerl won the uneven bars individual title with a score of 9.700.

Kerl also finished eighth overall on the beam with a score of 9.550.  

In addition, Kerl’s teammate Veronica Vasina finished as 5A’s eighth overall individual after strong finishes on the vault and uneven bars.

Jeffco’s best overall individual finisher was Lakewood’s Hanna Roshak. Although the Tigers did not have as strong of a complete team as A-West and Pomona, they might have Jeffco’s best overall gymnast in Roshak.

Roshak finished seventh all-around with a score of 37.475, after finishing ninth on the beam and with the 11th best overall floor exercise.

Pomona finished as the sixth best team in the state with a team score of 178.4250.

The Panthers had several girls contribute to their impressive finish including Annabel Spence who finished as the 15th best all-around performer with a score of 36.925.

Shea Zemen finished right behind Spence as the 18th best overall performer and the pair just beat out teammate Hadley Hagemann, who finished 25th overall in all-around.

Evergreen was the only 4A Jeffco team that made it to state, finishing third overall as team with a score of 176.0000.

Evergreen was fueled by a two teammates who both finished top six in all-around scores.

Callie Cohen finished as the fourth best overall competitor with a score of 36.500, and Erika Kissler finished two spots behind her in sixth with a all-around score of 36.125.

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