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Denver Gymnastics Hosts Monday Matinee Against No. 7 Georgia

Jan. 18, 2015

DENVER - Fresh off of a 196.025 win over Utah State on Saturday night, the No. 17-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team will compete against the No. 7-ranked Georgia Gymdogs in a 2 p.m. matinee meet in Magness Arena.

The meet will be televised live on ALT2--the first of three DU meets this season to air live by Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

 Meet 3: No. 17 Denver (2-0, 1-0 MRGC) vs. No. 7 Georgia (1-1, 1-0 SEC)

 Date & Time

 Monday, January 19, at 2 p.m. MST

 Location

 Magness Arena/6,028 (Denver, Colo.)

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About Denver
Head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart leads the Pioneers for the 17th time in 2015. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Kutcher-Rinehart is looking to advance the team to the NCAA National Championships for the fourth time in her career, last coming in 2008 where the Pioneers finished 12th. Denver has qualified for the NCAA Regionals in each of Kutcher-Rinehart's 16 seasons.

In 2014, the Pioneers won the inaugural Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference title after setting a school record on vault (49.475). They will look to defend their title when the 2015 Championships come to Magness Arena on March 21.

Denver is led by senior Nina McGee (Cincinnati, Ohio), who will return for a fifth season in 2016 after missing the entire 2012 season due to injury. McGee earned MRGC Gymnast of the Week honors for the week of January 12 following a 39.175 all-around outing at North Carolina State. She won titles in the all-around and on bars, beam and floor.

Last Time Out

Denver hosted their season opener on Saturday, January 17, against MRGC opponent Utah State with a 196.025 - 194.525 win. The Pioneers score was the earliest 196+ since the 2013 season when DU posted a 196.600 in their second meet of the season against Air Force. Highlighted by a career-tying 9.975 from McGee, the floor squad posted the programs seventh highest team total with a 49.475.

McGee won the all-around title for the second meet in a row (39.350) while adding event titles on vault (9.900), bars (9.875) and floor. Denver swept the event podiums on vault and floor--Rachel Fielitz (Walden, N.Y.) tied with McGee for the vault title; Emily Barrett (Norman, Okla.) took third on vault with a 9.850; and Maggie Laughlin (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Ellese Sakai-Hart (Aptos, Calif.) rounded out the floor podium with second and third place finishes, respectively. Other Pioneers finishing top-3 on events were Julia Ross (Henderson, Nev.) in second place on beam (9.775) and in third place on bars (9.800), and Katie Menhinick (Paramus, N.J.) in third place on beam (9.725).

Six Pioneers set new or tied personal bests during the meet: Nikole Addison (Lehigh Acres, Fla.), Barrett, McGee, Laughlin, Menhinick and Fielitz.

Eyes on the Polls
Denver moved up to No. 17 in the GymInfo Poll for the week of January 12 after debuting at No. 20 in the preseason poll. As a team, DU is ranked No. 13 on vault (48.925), No. 20 on bars (48.600) and tied for No. 15 on floor (48.775).

McGee is tied for No. 12 in the all-around after her 39.175 performance at North Carolina State on January 9. She also comes in tied for No. 24 on floor (9.850).

Georgia is ranked No. 7 in the January 12 poll. The Gymdogs are ranked No. 10 on vault (49.000), No. 5 on bars (49.125) and No. 7 on beam (48.925).

Eight of DU's 2015 opponents are ranked inside the top 25, including two of their next opponents: No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 10 California. The next GymInfo Poll will be released Monday, January 19, before the Pioneers and Gymdogs compete.

Pioneers on TV
DU Gymnastics and Altitude Sports & Entertainment are excited to partner for three of the Pioneers' 2015 home meets, which will air live on Altitude and ALT2. The January 19 meet between DU and Georgia is the first meet to be televised live, at 2 p.m. on ALT2.

Mike Evans and Marci Jenkins will provide commentary for January 19 meet against Georgia. Evans is a part of The Fan Morning Show on 104.3 FM in Denver. Jenkins is a DU Gymnastics alumna.

The Denver Gymnastics meet against Oklahoma will air live on Altitude on Thursday, January 29, at 7 p.m. The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships, hosted by Denver in Magness Arena on March 21, will also air live on Altitude at 6 p.m.

About Georgia
Georgia is coming off its second meet of the season on Friday, January 16, against SEC opponent Missouri. The Gymdogs posted a 195.800-195.225 win, led by senior Sarah Persinger, who finished second in the all-around (38.500). All four individual event titles were won by Georgia gymnasts: Fort Collins-native Brandie Jay on vault (9.950), Chelsea Davis on bars (9.900), Ashley Broussard on beam (9.875) and Mary Beth Box on floor (9.875).

In 2014, UGA finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation after scoring a 197.050 at the NCAA Super Six in Birmingham, Ala.

Hogue Homecoming
Former DU assistant coach Jay Hogue returns to DU, now as an assistant coach for Georgia. Hogue coached the Pioneers during the 2011 and 2012 seasons before joining the UGA staff in 2012. This will be Hogue's first trip back to Denver after coaching against the Pioneers last season in Athens, Ga.

Current DU assistant coach Carl Leland also has ties to the Georgia program after coaching the Gymdogs from 1983-87, including the NCAA National Championship -winning team in 1987.

The Match Up
Denver and Georgia have met 15 times, the last being in 2014 in Athens, Ga., where the Gymdogs won 197.025 - 195.825. This is the first meeting in Denver since the Pioneers' season opener in 2011 in which Georgia won with a 195.575. Denver finished third (out of four) with a 192.925.

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