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No. 8 Denver Posts 195.775 in 2018 Season Opener

Jan. 6, 2018

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 8-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team tallied a 195.775 to win its season opener at Arizona on Saturday, topping the Wildcats' 195.425.

Sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) and freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) took first and second, respectively, in the all-around as the Pioneers secured event wins on three of the four events.

"I saw a lot of positives but also a lot of things we can improve on," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "We walked out of here with a win after counting a fall. But the team responded beautifully after bars and went six-for-six to finish on beam. Overall, I thought they handled their first meet--an away meet--very well."

DU opened the meet on bars, marking all three freshman's collegiate debuts. Brown and Karr tied for the top score on the team with 9.850s, good enough to tie for second overall. Brown's 9.850 ties Denver's third-best mark by a freshman in her collegiate debut. Juniors Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) and Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) had matching scores as well, theirs 9.725s.

Denver rebounded from bars with a very strong vault rotation, posting a 49.225 with only five student-athletes. Karr's stuck Yurchenko 1.5 led the team and the meet with a 9.925, and Brown was just behind her in second with a 9.900 with her own Yurchenko 1.5. The 9.900 from Brown becomes the second-highest vault score by a DU freshman in her first meet. The rest of the vault line-up--Chesnok, senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) and freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.)--all earned 9.800s.

On floor in the third rotation, DU earned a 49.150 led by Brown's event-winning 9.900. Addison had Denver's next-best mark with a 9.875 to tie for second overall. Karr earned a 9.825 while junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) scored matching 9.775s.

DU finished the meet on beam going six-for-six and earning a 49.125 as a team. Karr won her second event title of the meet with a rock solid beam set and a 9.900. Schou took second overall with a 9.875. Sundstrom posted a 9.825 in her collegiate debut on the event, which is the third-highest beam score by a DU freshman in her first meet. Brown and Addison went 9.775 and 9.750, respectively, while Chesnok returned to the beam line-up for the first time since her freshman season.

After the meet, Kutcher-Rinehart added, "We're not at full strength in all of our line-ups yet, but we'll continue to improve. I'm proud of the grit and mental toughness and perseverance the student-athletes showed today, especially with three freshmen in their first meet."

DU will host its home opener next weekend, welcoming Air Force to Magness Arena on Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m. The meet will be televised live on Altitude.

Season tickets for the 2018 season are now available online or by calling 303-871-4625. New for 2018, season ticket holders have the opportunity to reserve their seats in Hamilton Gymnasium with chair backs for $45. Season tickets without chair backs are $35. Single-meet tickets begin at $9 and are also available online.

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