Feb. 23, 2018
DU at Elevate the Stage Results
TOLEDO, Ohio - The No. 12-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team posted its highest away score of the season at Friday's Elevate the Stage meet, tying with No. 6 Michigan for win with a 196.575.
DU competed with six student-athletes on all four events for the first time this season, tying a season-best on bars (49.350) and the team's highest road score on floor (49.200).
"It was a great job on the road," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "I thought they showed relentlessness and grit and determination. So many new people stepped into line-ups and delivered.
"Even though we still aren't at full strength, we're making strides. There was an accountability to their performance, and they responded beautifully."
DU began the meet on bars, earning a 49.350 for the second meet a row, which ties the sixth-highest score in program history. Sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) and freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) tied for the title with matching 9.900s, each matching their career high. Junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) posted a 9.875 while freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) returned to the line-up with career-tying 9.875. Freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) scored a 9.800 while junior Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) closed out DU's scoring with a 9.775.
Denver rebounded from last week's meet on beam, posting a 49.025 led by junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) with a 9.900. Sundstrom had DU's next highest mark with a 9.825, and senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Karr earned matching 9.775s. Chesnok had the final counted score for Denver with a 9.750.
With five competitors for the first time since the season opener, Denver earned a 49.200 on floor, which becomes the team's highest away score of the season. All six of Denver's scores were at least 9.800s, beginning with Karr's team leading 9.900. Schou added a 9.875, and Sundstrom's 9.825 was third-highest on the team. Kern made her season debut on floor with a career-best 9.800, matching the scores from Addison and Glynn. Glynn's 9.800, too, was a personal best.
The Pioneers closed out the meet on vault, also with six gymnasts for only the second time this year. Chesnok had the team's highest score with a new career-high 9.875. Sundstrom added a 9.825 while Karr and Schou had matching 9.775s. Glynn, who made her first career appearance on vault--and in the all-around--scored 9.750 to tie with Addison in DU's line-up.
"They adapted to traveling to the east coast and competing on podium for the first time this year," Kutcher-Rinehart said of competing at the Elevate the Stage meet. "It gives us the experience we're looking for in the postseason."
The Pioneers return to Denver for their final home meet of the season on Monday, March 5, against Southern Utah for Senior Night and Fan Appreciation Night.
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