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No. 8 Denver Scores 196.800 in Home Opener

Jan. 14, 2018

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DENVER -- In front of the largest home crowd in program history, the No. 8-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team, presented by your hometown Toyota stores, posted a 196.800 in the team's home opener on Sunday. DU topped the visiting Air Force Falcons, who scored 191.750.

Denver welcomed 4,634 fans to Magness Arena, which sets a new record for the highest attendance at DU Gymnastics home meet. The previous record was 4,543, set last year on February 26.

"I want to start by thanking our fans for helping us break the attendance record," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "It was an incredible atmosphere today, and we're blessed to compete in front of a large crowd in Magness Arena."

She added: "Our performance was certainly an improvement over last week. It was a complete team effort today. They say grit is passion and perseverance combined, and that's a good way to describe this team. We're still not at a hundred percent in our line-ups. Even Lynnzee, who was dealing with an illness, stepped up and showed such a gritty performance today."

DU opened the meet on vault with only five student-athletes again, matching its team total of 49.225 from last week's season opener. All five of Denver's score were above 9.800, led by sophomore Maddie Karr's (Stillwater, Minn.) event-winning 9.900. Senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) was second with a 9.850 while DU's remaining three vaulters--junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.), freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) and freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.)--all posted 9.825s.

Denver was forced to count a fall on bars but still scored a 48.800 following a career-tying 9.925 from Chesnok to win the fifth bars titles of her career. Freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) also posted a new career best with a 9.900 to finish second overall. Both Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) and Brown each scored 9.825s.

The Pioneers rallied in the third rotation for a 49.325 on beam, which ties the fifth-best beam mark in program history. Junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) tied the fifth-highest score in school history with her personal-best 9.950 to take the title. Karr matched her 9.900 from last week--just .025 off her career high. Sundstrom, too, earned a new career high with a 9.875, and Chesnok and Brown completed DU's counted scores with matching 9.800. Chesnok's 9.800 matched her personal best.

Again with only five competitors on floor, DU scored a 49.450, which is the third-highest score on the event in January. Sundstrom anchored the line-up with a career-best 9.950 while Addison and Karr were close behind with 9.925s. Schou led off the rotation with a 9.850, and Brown earned a 9.800.

Brown won the first all-around title of her career with a 39.250. Karr finished second (39.050) and Sundstrom was third (38.800) to complete the Pioneers' podium sweep. DU also swept the vault, beam and floor podiums, and won every event title. Karr took the win on vault, Chesnok on bars, Schou on beam and Sundstrom on floor.

After the meet, Kutcher-Rinehart added, "I'm so proud of everyone who scored a career high today: Mia, Diana, Emily, Lynnzee and Kait. It's rewarding to see them receive those scores because they've practiced like this, and it's good to see it show up in competition.

"Kait's beam routine was fantastic. She was calm and composed and effortless, and she did such a great job handling the pressure of being the anchor on beam."

DU travels to Boise State for a quad meet with Illinois-Chicago and Seattle Pacific on Friday, January 19, before returning to Denver for a three-meet home stand beginning January 27.

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