BYU &
Feb. 14, 2018
DENVER -- The No. 10-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team will compete on the road for the first time in February, traveling to No. 19 BYU with Southern Utah on Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m. MT.
RETURNING TO THE ROAD
After competing at home for the last three weeks, DU will be on the road for the next two weeks. Following Friday's meet at BYU, the Pioneers will travel to Toledo, Ohio, next week for the Elevate the Stage meet with Michigan, Utah State and Bowling Green on February 23.
DU will open the month of March at home with Senior Night against Southern Utah on March 5 before completing the remainder of the season on the road.
BIG 12 HONORS FOR KARR
For the second time this season, the Big 12 Conference named sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) as Gymnast of the Week following her 39.600 all-around performance last weekend. She won the all-around title plus at least a share of the vault, beam and floor titles.
Karr also earned the Gymnast of the Week nod for the week of January 8. This is the fourth Big 12 Gymnast of the Week award and the fifth overall weekly conference award in her career.
Both BYU and Southern Utah appear twice on Denver's 2018 schedule. BYU visited DU two weeks ago on February 3 where Denver came out on top 196.750-194.875.
This will be the first of two meetings in three weeks between DU and SUU. Southern Utah will make the trip to Denver for DU's Senior Night on March 5.
DU, BYU and SUU were all members of the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference in 2014 and 2015. Denver joined the Big 12 Conference beginning in 2016 while BYU and SUU remain in the MRGC.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Vault: DU returned to five-up, five-count on vault last week. Senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) and junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) tied their personal bests with a 9.900 and a 9.850, respectively. Addison has the team's second-highest season average on the event this season with Karr very close behind in third. Freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) and junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) have near-identical averages of at least 9.800 as well.
Bars: In her second meet back from injury, freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) tied her personal best and won the bars title with a 9.900 on Saturday. Karr, who owns the team's second-highest average, was second with a 9.875. DU's remaining bars workers all earned matching 9.800s last week including senior Leah Lomonte (Katy, Texas), who returned to the bars line-up.
Beam: Karr and Schou lead the Pioneers in average beam scoring this season and shared the event title last weekend. Sundstrom earned another top-three finish and has the team's third-best average on beam. Freshman Glynn made her first-career appearance in the beam line-up as well, hitting her routine in the sixth spot to prevent DU from counting a fall.
Floor: Denver continues competing with only five gymnasts on floor, led by Addison and Karr's season-tying 9.925s last week to top the podium. Karr owns the team's highest average so far this season while Addison and Schou have nearly the same average score for third-best on the team. For the first time since the season opener, Glynn competed on floor as well last weekend.
EYE ON THE RANKINGS
Denver returned to the top 10 in the nation this week, coming in at No. 10 with a 196.296 average. DU is also ranked in the top 10 nationally on three events again, beginning with its No. 6 ranking on vault (49.171). Denver is also No. 7 on beam (49.154) and No. 8 on floor (49.196).
Karr holds the team's highest individual ranking this week at No. 9 in the all-around (39.408). The sophomore is also No. 11 on beam (9.883) and is tied for No. 16 on floor (9.888).
Freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) is No. 10 in the all-around (39.405), tied for No. 13 on vault (9.875), tied for No. 20 on floor (9.885) and tied for No. 23 on bars (9.855).
Schou and Sundstrom are both again ranked on beam, Schou in a tie for No. 14 (9.875) and Sundstrom tied for No. 22 (9.863).
LAST TIME OUT
Despite shuffling line-ups just before the start of the meet, DU earned a 196.725 in front of its third-consecutive sell out on Saturday to top visiting George Washington and West Virginia. Karr captured the all-around title with a 39.600 and added wins on vault, beam and floor. Glynn won the first event title of her career, winning on bars with a career-tying 9.900. Schou earned a share of the beam title, as did Addison on floor. Both Addison and Schou tied their personal bests on vault as well.
ABOUT BYU & SOUTHERN UTAH
This will be the second-straight week that BYU and SUU meet. Last Friday, they competed at Southern Utah with SUU edging BYU 196.800-196.450. BYU's Shannon Hortman took all-around title and shared the win on bars with SUU's Becky Rozsa. Southern Utah's Megan McBride won on vault while Karen Gonzalez won the beam title and shared the floor title with teammate Autumn Jorgensen.
The Cougars and Thunderbirds also met in Provo, Utah, on January 19 where BYU won 195.750-194.475.
DU is 32-19 all-time against BYU including the win two weeks ago in Denver (196.750-194.875 on February 3). Denver's last visit to Provo was on February 7, 2015, where DU topped BYU 196.150-195.450.
Denver holds a 25-13 all-time record against Southern Utah. Their last meeting was February 6, 2017, at Southern Utah where SUU edged DU 196.700-196.500. The teams last met at a neutral site on March 22, 2014, in the MRGC Championship--hosted by BYU--in which DU topped SUU 196.925-196.125.
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