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Gymnast lands state championship

— It took a few days for it to sink in.

The day Steamboat Springs’ Emma Cooke won a state championship April 12 at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 6 State Championship event in Lakewood, she didn’t know how to feel.

Several days later, however, she came to her coach, Steve Murray, with her mind made up.

“She said it was the most fun day she ever had,” Murray said.

Cooke shined especially brightly in vault and floor events, and finishing with the highest scores of her division there, she managed to wrap up the state all-around championship with a cumulative score of 36.9, 0.425 points better than second place.

She scored at 9.55 in vault and 9.4 in floor, then captured second on uneven bars with a score of 8.9. That combined with a score of 9.125 on the balance beam — not her best day — to win the day.

“All season long she’s been placing in the top five in most of the events and in the all-around, and she kept working hard and making things better as we went along,” Murray said. “When we got to the state championship, she put it all together.”

Cooke was only one of a handful of Steamboat Springs gymnasts from Excel Gymnastics to show well at the season-ending event.

Arianna Tullis and Amie Cooke, Emma’s sister, both also came home with stellar results.

Both were particularly strong on the floor routine. Tullis scored at 9.25 and Amie Cooke at 9.175.

“It was a really fun season for all of the kids and coaches who worked so hard to have these three young ladies compete together — watching them work together and grow as a team and individuals,” Murray said. “They definitely helped each other all season long getting through the tough patches and supporting each other, and now they are able to enjoy the rewards of their hard work.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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