Boise State
Jan. 17, 2018
DENVER – The No. 7-ranked University of Denver women’s gymnastics team is set for its first top-10 match-up of the season when DU visits No. 8 Boise State, along with Illinois-Chicago and Seattle Pacific, on Friday, January 19, at 7 p.m.
BIG 12 BACK-TO-BACK FOR SCHOU
Junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) won her second consecutive Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week to open the 2018 season. Last weekend, she tied the fifth-highest beam score in program history (9.950) on her way to winning the event title and setting a new career high.
It is the second weekly conference award of Schou’s career and the fourth for DU overall this season.
Since 2013, Denver and Boise State have competed against each other 11 times including three times in 2017. Their previous meetings have frequently been decided by only tenths, as was their February 11, 2017, match-up that saw DU top BSU by .050.
Denver and Boise State also met during Week 3 of the 2017 season—along with Illinois-Chicago—in a quad meet at Utah. DU topped both BSU and UIC in that meeting.
The two programs were in the same conference from 2013-15 until Denver became an affiliate member of the Big 12 Conference.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Vault: Denver has competed with only five student-athletes on vault for the first two meets of the season. Sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) leads the team with two scores of at least 9.900. Freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) earned a 9.900 in her collegiate debut on the event. Last week, all three of Denver’s remaining vaulters—senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.), junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.)—all improved their vault scores from the first meet of the season.
Bars: Chesnok won her fifth career bars title in DU’s last outing, tying her career high with a 9.925. Freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) also earned a personal best with her 9.900 last week. Junior Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) has been one of DU’s most consistent bars workers throughout her career and led off with a 9.825 against Air Force. She tied with teammate Brown for third overall.
Beam: The Pioneers tied the fifth-best beam mark in program history last week, tallying a 49.325. Schou’s career-high 9.950—tied for the program’s fifth-highest all-time mark—highlighted the rotation. Karr was just .025 off her personal best with a 9.900, and Sundstrom improved over her collegiate debut, earning a 9.875. Chesnok, who has returned to the beam line-up, tied her career high as well.
Floor: As was the case with vault, Denver competed five-up, five-count on floor last weekend on floor and rose to the occasion with a team score of 49.450. Three Pioneers earned scores above 9.900 in Sunday’s meet: Sundstrom a 9.950, and Addison and Karr each with a 9.925. Schou and Brown completed the line-up with scores of at least 9.800.
EYE ON THE RANKINGS
Denver moved up one spot to No. 7 in this week’s national rankings following the team’s 196.800 on Sunday. The Pioneers are also ranked inside the top five on three events. On beam, DU is tied for No. 2 nationally (49.225 average), which is a new program record.
DU also holds a 49.225 average on vault, earning a No. 4 ranking and doing so with only five student-athletes on the event in both meets this season. Denver holds a tie for No. 4 on floor as well (49.300).
Once again, four DU gymnasts own individual rankings including three who are in the top 10 on at least one event. Karr is tied for No. 2 on vault (9.912), tied for No. 6 on beam (9.900), tied for No. 15 in the all-around (39.275) and tied for No. 20 on floor (9.875).
Schou is up to a career-best No. 5 on beam (9.912). Addison returned to the top 10 on floor, tied for No. 10 (9.900). Brown is at No. 12 in the all-around (39.337).
LAST TIME OUT
Despite counting a fall, Denver posted a 196.800 in the home opener on Sunday, doing so in front of the largest home crowd in program history. Five Pioneers combined for a sweep of the event titles: Brown in the all-around, Karr on vault, Chesnok on bars, Schou on beam and Sundstrom on floor.
In total, five DU gymnasts set or tied personal bests, and the Pioneers improved their team scores on all four events.
ABOUT BOISE STATE
The Broncos opened their season at home on January 11 with a 196.225-194.350 win over Southern Utah. Shani Remme won the all-around, bars, beam and floor titles, and was named the MRGC Gymnast of the Week.
The Flames continued their road trip to open the 2018 season at Western Michigan on January 14, losing 193.00-193.425. Kayla Baddeley won the vault title. Mikailla Northern finished second in the all-around and on bars.
ABOUT SEATTLE PACIFIC
The Falcons started their season with a 191.325-193.125 loss at home against UC Davis. Darian Bruns had top-three finishes in the all-around, and on vault and floor. Lena Wirth also finished top-three on vault.
Denver holds a 20-13-1 all-time record against Boise State including 2-1 in 2017. The teams last met in Boise on March 10, 2017, where Denver set the program record on bars (49.450), and both teams scored above 197.
DU and UIC have met eight times previously, all eight won by Denver. This is the third straight year the teams have met. The Pioneers topped the Flames 196.875-193.250 in their last meeting, a quad meet at Utah with Boise State on January 20, 2017.
Denver and Seattle Pacific, too, have met eight previous times with DU holding a 7-1 record. They last met in a tri meet at Washington on March 12, 2016, where DU won 196.325-193.950.
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