March 5, 2018
DU vs. SUU Final Results
DENVER -- The No. 15-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team posted its highest score of the season and tied the third-highest score in program history with a 197.300 on Monday night. DU topped visiting Southern Utah (194.900) in Denver's final home meet of the year.
Sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) swept all five individual titles, winning the all-around with a 39.725, which ties the third-best score in program history.
"I'm very pleased with tonight's performance," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "They did a great job tonight. It was an emotional night with Senior Night, but they handled it beautifully. I feel like this performance was a direct result of the training we've had. We've had intensity and accountability in practice, and I think that carried over into tonight's meet."
The Pioneers opened the meet on vault, matching a season high (49.275). Karr led the meet with a 9.900 while junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) completed DU's podium sweep with matching 9.875s to tie for second. Chesnok's 9.875 ties her personal best. Freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) earned a new career high with a 9.850. Freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) also set a new personal best with her 9.775, which junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) matched to complete DU's scoring.
In the second rotation, DU earned a 49.250 on bars, which is the third best mark this season. Karr took home the title with a new personal best of 9.950. Freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) also tied a career high (9.875) to tie for second overall. Junior Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) and Chesnok had DU's next highest scores with matching 9.825s, and Sundstrom had DU's final counted score with a 9.775.
DU's 49.425 on beam in the third rotation becomes the third-highest score on the event in program history. Karr matched her personal best and again tied the program's fifth-highest beam score with a 9.950 while Schou tied for second with a 9.925. Chesnok and Brown both earned 9.875s to each set or tie a personal best. Sundstrom's 9.800 and Addison's 9.775 rounded out DU's rotation.
Denver finished the meet on floor, tallying a 49.350 to tie the third best mark this season. Karr (9.925), Addison (9.900) and Schou (9.875) swept the podium and led DU to six scores above 9.800. Sundstrom, Kern and Glynn each earned 9.825, which become new personal bests for Kern and Glynn.
Karr and Sundstrom finished 1-2 in the all-around, Karr with a 39.725 and Sundstrom with a 39.250.
After the meet, Kutcher-Rinehart added, "We've been talking about peaking and getting stronger as we get closer to postseason, and we're starting to see that happen. Tonight give us confidence to know that we can hit this score, knowing that we still have room for improvement and are still not at full strength."
The University of Denver gymnastics team, presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, competes for the second time in five days when the Pioneers travel to No. 1 Oklahoma for a quad meet with No. 10 Arkansas and No. 12 Arizona State on Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m. MT.
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