Peterson tumbles to the top

Cardinal captures 4A all-around title, earns gymnast of year honors

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Elizabeth's Kimmy Peterson, who helped lead the Cardinals to the Class 4A state championship this season, has been named the Gymnast of the Year on the Colorado Community All-star Team.

Peterson, who edge her teammate Danae Goldsberry for the all-around championship at state, scored 36.625 to Goldsberry's 36.5. Goldsberry also joins Peterson on the team as well as four other standouts from the region.

The Elizabeth duo is joined on the squad by Taylor Molliconi of Mountain Range, Jessica Jankowski of Arvada West, Sela Buted of Cherry Creek and Hannah Bissani of Standley Lake.

Peterson and Goldsberry are the only competitors on this seasons elite team within their classification to have also placed in all four of their individual events at state. Peterson won the vault (9.5), finished second on floor (9.55), third on the balance beam (9.05) and fifth on the uneven bars (9.0). Goldsberry won floor (9.575) and the balance beam (9.45) and was the runner-up on the bars (9.275) and vault (9.35). Yet, it was a fall on floor during the all-around competition that eventually cost her the all-around title.

Molliconi was the highest place winner among the 5A competitors with her fourth-place finish in the all-around (38.3) and a pair of second-place finishes on the uneven bars (9.65) and vault (9.775). She also placed fifth on floor (9.625) but failed to place on beam.

Jankowski was a standout through the regular season winning the Jefferson County League championship with a score of 37.05. She finished 13th in the all-around (37.3) and qualified for the finals at state on the beam and floor. But she failed to win a ribbon in either event finishing seventh on floor and 10th on the balance beam.

Bissani helped lead the Gators to second in the region competition (176.475) with her fifth-place finish (36.6). But like Jankowski, had her problems in the state meet where she failed to qualify for any of the individual finals.

Buted did not compete in the all-around competition at state, but came away with an impressive third-place finish on the balance beam with a 9.65.

COLORADO COMMUNITY ALL-STAR GYMNASTICS TEAM 2012

Kimmy Peterson, Elizabeth, gymnast of the year.

Hannah Bissani, Standley Lake

Sela Buted, Cherry Creek

Danae Goldsberry, Elizabeth

Jessica Jankowski, Arvada West

Taylor Molliconi, Mountain Range