Denver Gymnastics Hosts Monday Matinee Against No. 7 Georgia
No. 17-ranked Pioneers compete in Magness Arena at 2 p.m.; meet televised live on ALT2
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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