[t18] George Washington
& West Virginia
Feb. 8, 2018
DENVER – The No. 12-ranked University of Denver women’s gymnastics team will meet its first Big 12 Conference opponent of the season on Saturday. West Virginia and No. 21 George Washington will join Denver on Saturday, February 10, at 6 p.m. in Hamilton Gymnasium.
SELLING OUT HAMILTON
For the second meet in a row, Hamilton Gymnasium was sold out and allowed for standing room only. February 3’s meet, with 2,512 fans, became the highest attended meet held in Hamilton in school history.
All three of DU’s home meets so far in 2018 have set some sort of attendance record. The January 14 home meet in Magness Arena was the highest-ever attended meet—regardless of venue—with 4,634 fans. January 27’s meet was an official sell out and is now the third-highest attended meet in Hamilton.
KARR INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) won three individual titles last week—all-around, vault and beam—bringing her career total to 35—moving her into the top-10 all-time in DU Gymnastics history for most titles won in a career.
Her 39.625 in the all-around last Saturday also tied the sixth-best mark in program history and is only .050 off her career best.
BACK IN THE BIG 12
Saturday’s meet will feature DU’s first Big 12 Conference match-up of the season when West Virginia travels to Denver. Before the conference championship meet in March, Denver will compete against the remaining teams, visiting Oklahoma on March 9 and then seeing Iowa State at Arkansas on March 16.
The 2018 Big 12 Championship is set for March 24, hosted by Iowa State. This is Denver’s third season an affiliate member of the Big 12 Conference.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Vault: For the first time this season, Denver fielded six vaulters with the return of junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.). Freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) continues to lead DU on the event with a 9.875 average and an event win. Karr owns the most vault titles on the team with three, and senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) has also captured a win this season. Junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) each tied their career highs last week as well.
Bars: Freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) returned to competition on Saturday after missing two meets with an injury and giving Denver six competitors on bars once again. She tied with Sundstrom—who set a new career high—for third-best on the team, behind Karr and Brown, who each also tied their personal bests. On the season, Karr and Brown also own the team’s top bars averages.
Beam: Denver swept the beam podium last week with three scores of 9.900 or above. Sundstrom and Karr earned matching 9.925s to either set or tie their personal bests, and Schou was third with a 9.900. The trio lead the Pioneers in average scoring so far this season. Addison also added a season high last weekend on the event.
Floor: DU again competed with only five gymnasts on floor last week, all five earning scores of at least 9.800 and sweeping the podium. Brown set a new career high with a 9.950 to capture the title while Addison and Karr rounded out the top three overall. Schou and Sundstrom completed the line-up. Four Pioneers own floor averages above 9.800 with Brown and Karr leading with near-identical average scores.
EYE ON THE RANKINGS
DU holds the No. 12 spot (196.210 average) in this week’s national rankings and continues to be inside the top 10 on three events: No. 6 on vault (49.155), tied for No. 6 on beam (49.470) and No. 8 on floor (49.190).
Four DU gymnasts are in the individual national rankings this week, beginning with Brown’s career-best No. 9 ranking in the all-around (39.405). The freshman is also tied for No. 12 on vault (9.875) and tied for No. 19 on floor (9.885).
Karr, too, is ranked in the all-around and on multiple events. She is tied for No. 15 in the all-around (39.370), No. 13 on beam (9.885) and tied for No. 21 on floor (9.880).
On beam, Schou is tied for No. 15 (9.875) while Sundstrom earns her first-ever national ranking, tied for No. 23 on beam (9.865).
LAST TIME OUT
DU posted its second-highest team score of the season against BYU, Bowling Green and Ball State last weekend, earning a 196.750 to win the quad meet. The Pioneers again swept the all-around podium, led by Karr’s 39.625 win. Brown was second (39.475), and Sundstrom was close behind in third (39.400). Karr captured the vault title (9.925) and shared the beam win with Sundstrom—the freshman’s first on the event—each setting or tying their career highs with 9.925s. Brown won for a second time this season on floor with a career-best 9.950.
ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON
The Colonials hosted Kent State, William & Mary and UW-Oshkosh on February 4 in their last meet, finishing first with a season-high 196.525. Cami Drouin-Allaire and Jillian Winstanley shared the vault title and finished 2-3 in the all-around. Drouin-Allaire also won the floor title while Winstanley was second on both bars and beam.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA
The Mountaineers finished second in a quad meet on February 2 at fellow Big 12 opponent Iowa State, tallying a team score of 195.025. Zaakira Muhammad shared the vault title. Jaquie Tun led WVU on bars, and Carly Galpin tied for second overall on beam. Three WVU gymnasts tied for the team high on floor: Abby Kaufman, Erica Fontaine and Jordan Gillette.
This will be the fifth meeting between Denver and George Washington. All four previous meetings have gone to DU, including their last meeting at the 2016 Perfect 10 Challenge (196.000-195.750). GWU has not visited Denver since February 11, 1994, which DU also won 187.525-184.450.
Denver is 9-6 all-time against West Virginia, winning their last meeting at the 2017 Big 12 Championship 196.475-195.575. WVU last traveled to Denver on January 9, 2016, which Denver also won 195.375-193.650. DU and WVU will meet again this season at the 2018 Big 12 Championship on March 24.
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