Feb. 1, 2018
DENVER -- The No. 11-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team will host its second home meet in a three-meet home stand on Saturday, February 3. DU will be joined by No. 18 BYU, Bowling Green and Ball State at 6 p.m. in Hamilton Gymnasium.
ATTENDANCE RECORDS FALL
Both of DU's home meets this season have set attendance records, beginning with the January 14 home opener in Magness Arena that saw the largest-ever crowd at a DU Gymnastics home meet with 4,634 fans.
Last weekend, DU hosted the program's second-largest crowd for a meet held in Hamilton Gymnasium, selling out of seats and becoming standing room only.
DU ATHLETICS TURNS 150
Denver is celebrating 150 years of DU Athletics during the 2017-18 season, and the gymnastics team will recognize the occasion during Saturday's annual Alumni Reunion. Archive video from throughout the program's history will be shown on the video board, and all alumni in attendance will be honored during a pre-meet ceremony.
FIVE UP, FIVE COUNT
For the first time this season, DU competed with only five student-athletes on three of the four events during last Saturday's 196.675 win over Utah State. The Pioneers have had only five competitors on vault all season and on floor in all but one meet. On January 27, Denver had only five gymnasts in the bars line-up.
Despite not being able to drop a score on those three events, Denver still tallied its second-highest mark of the season and did not have a fall on any event.
DU expects to begin adding depth to its line-ups in the coming weeks.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Vault: Through the first month of the season, freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) has the team's highest average on vault (9.881). Four of DU's five vaulters have averages above 9.800, and three have at least one score of 9.900 or higher: Brown, senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) and sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.). A DU gymnast has won the vault title in every meet this year.
Bars: Though competing with only five gymnasts last weekend, DU hit its bars rotation and earned its highest team score of the season led by Karr's personal best-tying 9.900. Brown set a new career best (9.875) while fellow freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) tied her career high (9.775). Brown currently owns the team's highest average this season with junior Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) in second.
Beam: Three DU beam workers have average scores at or above 9.850 so far this season beginning with Karr's 9.875. Junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) is close behind with a 9.869 average and the team's highest score (9.950) this year. Sundstrom has the team's third-best average at 9.850. Karr and Schou have each won at least one beam title and are now joined by Brown, who won the first beam title of her career last weekend.
Floor: As is the case on vault, Denver has won the floor title in each of the first four meets of the season, splitting them among four gymnasts. Karr, who has the team's top floor average (9.881), shared the title with Addison last week. Brown has two floor titles and the second-highest average on the team (9.869). Sundstrom also owns a floor title, and Schou has DU's third-highest floor average this season.
EYE ON THE RANKINGS
Denver moved up two spots in this week's national rankings, coming in at No. 11 with a 196.075 average. The Pioneers are also ranked in the top 10 on three events: No. 8 on both vault (49.125) and beam (49.119), and tied for No. 8 on floor (49.119).
Brown is DU's top-ranked gymnast in the all-around at No. 12 (39.387) while Karr moved up nine spots this week to No. 16 (39.306).
Both also hold national rankings on at least one event with Brown tied for No. 11 on vault (9.881). Karr is tied for No. 17 on beam (9.875) and tied for No. 20 on floor (9.881).
Schou continues to be nationally-ranked on beam, tied for No. 22 (9.869) this week.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite competing with only five student-athletes on three events (vault, bars and floor), Denver did not have a fall and tallied a 196.675 to top visiting Utah State (195.000) last Saturday. DU swept the all-around podium and won all four of the event titles. Karr won her the second bars title of her career--and in as many weeks--and shared the win on beam and floor on her way to winning the all-around with a 39.600. Brown won on vault and tied for first on beam while Addison shared the floor title.
Both Brown and Sundstrom set new personal bests in the all-around to complete the sweep for DU, Brown in second (39.550) and Sundstrom in third (39.275).
The Cougars topped Air Force at home on January 26, winning 196.450-192.700. BYU gymnasts won at least a share of all five individual titles led by Shannon Hortman in the all-around and on bars. Mackenzie Douglas won on vault and floor. Natasha Trejo shared the bars title with Hortman and AFA's Anna Salamone, and Jill Van Mierlo won on beam.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN
The Falcons finished second in a close meeting at Western Michigan on January 28 by a final team score of 195.500-195.675. BGSU won at least a share of the four event titles beginning with Jovannah East's win on vault and tie for first on floor. Alexandra Fochler tied for the win on bars, and India McPeak shared the beam win.
ABOUT BALL STATE
The Cardinals topped Kent State 195.600-193.600 at home on January 28. Kaitlyn Menzione won the all-around, and three teammates each won an event title. Bri Slonim topped the vault podium, Jackie Duffy shared the win on bars, and Sydney Finke was first on floor.
Denver and BYU have met 50 times previously with DU holding a 31-19 all-time record. The teams last met at the 2016 Minneapolis Regional where DU came out on top 195.700-194.075. BYU last visited Denver in the 2015 MRGC Championship on March 21 where the Pioneers topped the Cougars 196.075-194.225.
This will be the fourth meeting between DU and BGSU. Denver holds a 2-1 record including a 196.125-194.525 win in their last meeting on January 30, 2016 at Bowling Green. BGSU has not visited Denver since February 6, 1999, where DU won 193.750-189.225.
Saturday's meet will be the sixth meeting between Denver and Ball State. DU is 4-1 all-time against BSU, winning their last meeting 196.025-190.525 on March 21, 2008, at Ball State. BSU last traveled to Denver on February 16, 2008, which DU also won 195.125-189.250.
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