Loveland High School sophomore Claire Hammen was truly special during the state gymnastics tournament, stunning the crowd and judges alike with her five-event sweep of the titles and setting two state records in the process.
A few notes:
- She became the sixth girl in the history of the big-school meet to sweep all five titles, becoming the first since Loveland’s Paige Schuster did it in 2004.
- She gave Loveland an eighth all-around title, tying Bear Creek for the most of any program.
- Indians gymnasts have now won 37 state championships in individual events, nad their 10 balance beam champions are the most of any school, and they come from nine different girls (Hannah Bower won the event twice).
- It was just the fourth uneven bars title for the school. Schuster won two; current coach Wendy Thompson was the first to wear that crown, back in 1991. That was also the first individual title won by a Loveland gymnast.
- Hammen’s all-around score from the individual finals was 39.30, beating her actual all-around score from the night before (39.225) that set the state record.