Feb. 3, 2018
DU vs. BYU, BGSU & BSU Full Results
DENVER - The No. 11-ranked University of Denver gymnastics team posted its second best team score of the season, a 196.750, to win Saturday's quad meet against Ball State (195.450), No. 18 BYU (194.875) and Bowling Green (194.525).
It was Denver's second consecutive sell-out, welcoming the largest crowd Hamilton Gymnasium has ever seen for a DU Gymnastics meet.
"I'm impressed with the character of the team," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "I'm pleased with the performance, and we just need to stay patient as we work to get back to full strength.
"It was a strong performance. The potential is there, and we have a really high upside. We have room for improvement."
The Pioneers opened on vault with six student-athletes for the first time all season. DU's 49.275 was the highest team score on the event this season, led by sophomore Maddie Karr's (Stillwater, Minn.) 9.925 to tie for the event title. Freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) and junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) each posted 9.850s, Chesnok tying her career high. Senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) and freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) had matching 9.825s, tying Sundstrom's personal best. Junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) made her first appearance in the vault line-up as well, scoring a 9.725.
DU moved to bars for the second rotation, returning to a six-gymnast line-up after only competing five gymnasts last week. For the third straight meet, Karr tied her career high with a 9.900 and finished second overall. Brown tied her personal best with a 9.875 to tie for third overall. Sundstrom earned a new career high with her 9.850, and freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) returned after missing two meets with an injury and scored a 9.850.
Denver swept the beam podium with Karr and Sundstrom sharing the win with matching 9.925s--a new career high for Sundstrom and tying Karr's personal best. Schou completed the sweep with a 9.900 to finish third. Addison scored a season-best 9.825, and Brown was close behind with a 9.800. In total, DU finished with a 49.375, which is the fifth-best mark in program history.
Again with only five student-athletes on floor, Denver tallied a 49.350, highlighted by Brown's career-high and event-winning 9.950. Addison was second with a 9.900, and Karr was third with a 9.875 to complete DU's second podium sweep of the night. Schou added a 9.825, and Sundstrom rounded out Denver's line-up with a 9.800.
For the second straight meet, the Pioneers took the top-three spots in the all-around. Karr took the win with a 39.625, which ties the sixth-highest score in program history. Brown's 39.475 earned her a second-place finish, and Sundstrom set a new personal best (39.400) to finish third.
After the meet, Kutcher-Rinehart added, "Once again, we want to thank our fans and friends for our second straight sell out. The atmosphere was electric, and we're so pleased to watch the sports of collegiate women's gymnastics grow and the visibility increase. We hope to continue the momentum from the last two meets, and we're very blessed to have this support."
The University of Denver gymnastics team, presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, wraps up its three-meet home stand next Saturday, February 10, against Big 12 Conference team West Virginia and West Virginia. The meet starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in Hamilton Gymnasium.
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