Utah State &
Feb. 21, 2018
DENVER - The No. 12-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team competes again on the road this week, traveling to Toledo, Ohio, for the Elevate the Stage meet along with No. 6 Michigan, Utah State and Bowling Green. The meet is set for Friday at 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m. ET.
BIG 12 BACK-TO-BACK
For the second straight week, sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) was named the Big 12 Conference Gymnast of the Week. She had the top all-around score in the Big 12 last week when she earned the second-highest score in program history (39.750) against BYU. She captured the all-around, vault and beam titles, as well as a share of the bars title.
She also earned Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honors last week, as well as the week of January 8. In total, she has earned six conference awards throughout her career.
INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Friday's meet at BYU saw numerous personal and program records set, beginning with Karr's 39.750 in the all-around, now the second-best mark in school history. Karr also tied the fifth-best beam score (9.950) and seventh-best vault score (9.975).
Karr added four titles on Friday, bringing her total to 20 this season. She now owns 43, which is the eighth-most in program history.
The bars squad tied the sixth-highest score in program history (39.350) as four of the team's six competitors set or tied their career highs. Karr and freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) each tied their personal bests with 9.900s. Freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) also earned a 9.900, which is a new career high. Junior Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) tied her personal best with a 9.875.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Vault: Four DU vaulters hold season averages of at least 9.800 including Karr, who posted a 9.975 last week, which is Denver's highest score on any event this season. Senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.), junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) have each set or tied career highs on vault this season.
Bars: Last week at BYU, the Pioneers had their strongest showing of the season on bars, tying the sixth-highest score in program history (49.350). Karr, Sundstrom and Glynn shared the title with 9.900s, and Kern was second on the team with a 9.875--all four tying or setting personal bests. In recent weeks, Chesnok and senior Leah Lomonte (Katy, Texas) have completed DU's bars line-up.
Beam: After a rough start to the beam rotation at BYU, three Pioneers earned scores of at least 9.900, beginning with Sundstrom in the fourth spot. Schou added a 9.925, and Karr tied the fifth-best beam score in program history with a new personal-best 9.950. The three lead DU in average scoring on the event this season, each above 9.850.
Floor: As is the case on vault, DU has competed with only five student-athletes on floor in every meet but one this season. For the last two weeks, Karr and Addison have both earned 9.925s to lead Denver's line-up. Karr owns the top average for DU so far this season. Addison and Schou have the third- and fourth-highest averages. Freshmen Sundstrom and Glynn complete the line-up.
EYE ON THE RANKINGS
Denver holds the No. 12 spot in this week's national rankings and, for the first time this season, is ranked in the top 25 on all four events. DU is No. 6 on vault, No. 12 on floor, No. 13 on beam and tied for No. 23 on bars.
Karr continues to be ranked No. 9 in the all-around and improved her beam ranking to No. 6. The sophomore is also No. 17 on floor and tied for No. 19 on vault.
Freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.), too, is ranked in the all-around (No. 13) and multiple events: tied for No. 11 on vault, tied for No. 22 on floor and tied for No. 25 on bars.
Schou returned to the top 10 on beam this week, coming in at No. 10. Sundstrom is the third Pioneer to be ranked on beam, tied for No. 20 this week.
LAST TIME OUT
Denver returned to the road after three weeks at home, competing in a tri meet at BYU and posted a season-high away score of 195.975. Karr took home her fifth-straight all-around title and added wins on vault, bars and beam. She was one of four DU gymnasts--with Glynn, Kern and Sundstrom--who set or tied career highs on bars on their way to a season-high 49.350 on the event. Karr also earned a near-perfect 9.975 on vault, tying the seventh-best score in DU history while also matching the fifth-highest beam score (9.950).
ABOUT ELEVATE THE STAGE
Friday's meet is the second of four NCAA Elevate the Stage meets this season. The meets allow college teams the chance to compete on podium and at a neutral location, similar to postseason competition including the NCAA National Championships.
In their last meet, the Wolverines posted a 196.775 to win a quad meet at North Carolina State on Saturday. Brianna Brown won Michigan's only event title of the meet, doing so on bars. Lexi Funk finished second in the all-around. The team earned a 49.475 on beam, which tied the third-best score in Michigan history.
ABOUT UTAH STATE
The Aggies competed against Boise State for the second time this season, losing 196.875-194.900 in Boise. Autumn DeHarde took home the win on beam and added a tie for second on floor. A 49.200 on beam was the team's highest event score, tying the sixth-highest score in school history.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN
The Falcons are coming off a 195.025-195.650 loss at New Hampshire on Sunday. In her first-career all-around appearance, Jovannah East won the title with a 39.400. She also won on floor and finished in the top three on vault, bars and beam.
This will be the first meeting between Denver and Michigan since the 2008 NCAA National Championships where U of M topped DU 196.075-194.200. DU is 2-6 all-time against Michigan, including a win at the 2007 NCAA National Championships (195.575-195.100).
Denver and Utah State have already met once this season when the Aggies visited Denver on January 27. DU won that match-up 196.675-195.000 to move to 31-17 all-time against USU.
This will also be the second meeting of the season between Denver and Bowling Green after BGSU traveled to Denver on February 3 where DU won 196.750-194.525. DU is has a 3-1 record against Bowling Green.
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