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No. 8 DU Tallies Program’s Second-Highest Road Score

Maddie Karr tied the sixth-best AA score in program history with a 39.625.
March 10, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – The No. 8-ranked University of Denver women’s gymnastics team set a new program record on bars (49.450) on its way to the second-best road score in program history with a 197.150 on Friday. The Broncos finished in first with a 197.675.

Freshman Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) won the all-around title with a 39.625, which ties the sixth-best mark in program history. She also won the vault title with a 9.950 and tied for third on bars with a career-tying 9.900.

Senior Julia Ross (Henderson, Nev.) and junior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) both earned the share of an individual title—Ross on beam and Addison on floor—each with 9.925s on their respective events.

“There were certainly highlights tonight—setting a new bars record and scoring another 197, this time on the road,” head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said.

“It wasn’t necessarily our strongest meet this season, and we had some uncharacteristic mistakes. But this again demonstrates why we have the most mentally tough team in the nation. The student-athletes are battling sickness and finals in school. We didn’t have our best floor performance, but they maintained their focus and concentration going into beam. To block out the distractions and do as well as they did on beam to finish the meet speaks highly about their mental toughness.”

Denver opened the meet with a new program record on bars with a 49.450, topping the previous record of 49.400 tied earlier this season. All of DU’s bars scores were 9.825 or higher, including a 9.925 from freshman Sam Ogden (Allen, Texas) to finish second overall. Karr tied her career high with a 9.900 while sophomore Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.), sophomore Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) and Ross each earned 9.875s. Senior Leah Lomonte (Katy, Texas) finished with a 9.825.

The Pioneers moved to vault for the second rotation, earning a team score of 49.300, the second-highest road score this year. Karr led the meet with an event-winning 9.950. Senior Rachel Fielitz (Walden, N.Y.) added a 9.875, sophomore Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) a personal best-tying 9.850 and Ross a 9.825. Addison rounded out DU’s counted scores with a 9.800.

Addison again had DU’s top floor score of the night with a 9.925, which gave her a share of the event title. Karr earned a 9.900 while Schou was right behind her with a 9.875. Freshman Courtney Loper (West Des Moines, Iowa) added a 9.750 and Ross a 9.650.

DU finished on beam with a 49.300, tying the seventh-best overall score and the second-highest away score in program history. Ross matched the highest score of the meet on beam with a 9.925 to tie for the event title. Ogden set a new career high with a 9.875 in the lead-off position. Karr and Schou also posted 9.875s while Loper added a 9.750.

“We have room to improve between now and next weekend,” Kutcher-Rinehart added. “We’re looking forward to the Big 12 Championship and will be ready to go next weekend.”

Denver next competes at the 2017 Big 12 Championship on Saturday, March 18, hosted at a neutral site, Dr. Pepper Arena, in Frisco, Texas. Joining DU will be fellow Big 12 teams Oklahoma, West Virginia and Iowa State. This is Denver’s second season as an affiliate member of the Big 12 Conference.

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