Feb. 10, 2018
DU. vs GWU & WVU Final Results
DENVER - The No. 12-ranked University of Denver gymnastics team earned a 196.725 to win in front of a sold-out crowd in Hamilton Gymnasium on Saturday. Denver topped visiting No. 21 George Washington (195.950) and West Virginia (194.925).
Saturday's meet was the third consecutive sold-out meet for Denver and set a new all-time attendance record in Hamilton Gymnasium with 2,518 fans, topping the previous mark set last week.
"I want to thank our fans for our third-straight sell out, especially with the weather conditions," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "The fan support has made all of the difference this season, and we really appreciate it."
Reflecting on DU's performance, she said, "I would rank tonight among the toughest, grittiest all-time Denver Gymnastics performances. We were making constant adjustments for illness and injury, and they showed an unreal amount of mental toughness, determination and resiliency.
"It takes character to do what we're doing. We didn't compete with Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.)--one of our strongest all-arounders--and Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) has been sick with the flu. Our student-athletes had to step up in unexpected circumstances and with very limited training on specific events. What we're doing is only possible with exceptional character."
Denver began the meet on vault with only five gymnasts in the line-up, led by a season high-tying 9.925 from sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.), which earned her the event title. Two Pioneers tied their career highs: senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) with a 9.900 and Schou with a 9.850. Junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) added a 9.800, and freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) closed out DU's scoring with a 9.775.
DU had its best team performance on bars this season, tallying season-high 49.175. Freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) tied her personal best to win the title with a 9.900. Karr was second overall in the meet with a 9.875. The remaining four Pioneers scored matching 9.800s: junior Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.), senior Leah Lomonte (Katy, Texas), Sundstrom and Chesnok.
Karr and Schou shared the beam title with matching 9.875s to lead the Pioneers to a 49.075 on beam. Sundstrom had DU's next best mark with a 9.850, and Addison was third with a 9.800. Glynn made her collegiate debut in the beam line-up, adding a 9.675 to keep DU from counting a fall.
With only five student-athletes on floor again, DU scored a 49.225 after matching 9.925s from Addison and Karr to capture the event title. Sundstrom's 9.850 was DU's third-highest score on the event while Schou earned a 9.775. Glynn returned the floor line-up for the first time since the season opener, earning a 9.750 to complete DU's scoring.
Karr took home her fourth all-around title of the season with a 39.600. Sundstrom, too, competed in the all-around, finishing fourth with a 39.275.
"This could be a big confidence booster," Kutcher-Rinehart said. "If we can do this and continue to adapt, I believe we are going to be one of the toughest teams in the country when we get to full strength."
The University of Denver gymnastics team, presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, begins a two-meet road trip when the team travels to No. 21 BYU with Southern Utah on Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m. MT. The Pioneers return for their final home meet of the season on March 5, also against Southern Utah.
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