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Elizabeth brought home a number of gymnastics honors as the Cardinals won the Class 4A state team title and Anastasia Buzalsky won the state all-around championship, plus she won state individual event championships in floor exercise, balance beam and uneven parallel bars.

The victories began Nov. 2 at the Class 4A state gymnastics meet at Thornton High School. The state team champion and all-around champion were crowned at the meet, plus the meet was the competition determining which gymnasts advanced to the Nov. 4 state individual event championships.

Elizabeth won the team title with a score of 179.150, finishing ahead of Niwot with a score of 176.750.

“Winning the team championship was such an exciting event,” Cardinals coach Stacey Folmar said. “I am so proud of our girls. It was almost surreal watching our young team be able to bring together so much maturity, grit and determination in the second half of the meet, because the first half of the meet wasn’t our best performance and there were some uncharacteristic mistakes on bars and floor.”

She said during the break between first two events and the second two events she and the girls talked about the team’s season focus on what it means to dig deep.

“The girls responded in the second half,” she said. “We hit vault which has been our weakest event all season and the girls were perfect. Then we went to the balance beam and Rachel Jorgensen, Aliyah Antunez, Austin Coleman and Emily Schaefer finished first, second, third and fourth respectively in the event.”

The state all-around champion was crowned at the Nov. 2 meet. Elizabeth’s Anastasia Buzalsky took first place in vault and floor exercise as she won the championship with a score of 37.125. Lindsey Chohon of Niwot finished second.

The top 15 finishers in each individual event, floor exercise, vault, balance beam and uneven parallel bars, advanced to the Nov. 4 individual event state championship meet….

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