Feb. 22, 2017
DENVER – The No. 8-ranked University of Denver women’s gymnastics team will compete twice in three days—and three times in nine days—starting with a visit to No. 20 Ohio State on Friday, February 24. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. MT.
MEET #9: No. 8 Denver (12-4, 0-2 Big 12) at No. 20 Ohio State (8-3, 4-2 Big Ten)
Date and Time: Friday, February 24, at 5 p.m. MT
Location: St. John Arena/13,276 (Columbus, Ohio)
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Live Stream: OSU live stream ($)
Live Stats: OSU live stats
Meet Info: DU meet notes | OSU meet notes
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PERFECTION FOR KARR
Freshman Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) scored a perfect 10.0 on vault last weekend against Minnesota, becoming just the fourth DU gymnast to do so on the event. It is the sixth perfect score on the vault and 17th overall in DU Gymnastics history.
Denver’s last 10.0 on vault came from Moriah Martin on March 16, 2013. The last perfect 10.0 on any event by a DU gymnast came from Nina McGee, who did so three times on floor in 2016.
The Big 12 Conference recognized Karr’s achievement, naming her the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. It was the second-straight conference award for Karr after winning Big 12 Gymnast of the Week last week.
DOUBLE HEADER FOR DU
For the second time this season, Denver will compete twice in the same weekend. Following Friday’s meet at Ohio State, DU will return home for a Sunday matinee against No. 22 Illinois and Illinois State on February 26. Sunday’s meet will be the first of two meets in Magness Arena for DU to wrap up the team’s 2017 home schedule.
DU will meet Ohio State again next weekend when the Pioneers host the Buckeyes in Denver on Saturday, March 4, for Senior Night. It will be Denver’s third meet in nine days.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Vault: Karr’s 10.0 on vault on Saturday earned the freshman her fifth title on the event this season. She leads the team in average scoring (9.891), followed by senior Julia Ross (Henderson, Nev.)—both of whom are ranked in the top 25 on the event this week. Sophomore Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) each tied for second last weekend, Schou doing so after tying her career high.
Bars: Sophomore Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) won the first bars title of her career last weekend, tying with Ross. Freshman Sam Ogden (Allen, Texas) continues to lead the Pioneers on the event with a 9.879 season average. Ross and Chesnok round out the top three in average scoring.
Beam: DU had the third-best beam performance in program history on Saturday, scoring a 49.400 as three student-athletes set or tied career highs on the event. Ross won the title with a 9.925 while fellow senior Rachel Fielitz (Walden, N.Y.) tied for second with a 9.900, both tying their personal bests. Karr gave DU a second score of 9.900.
Floor: In every meet this season, DU has competed five-up, five-count on floor, led by Addison who won her fourth floor title of the season last weekend. All five of DU’s floor competitors scored at least a 9.800 last weekend including a 9.925 from Addison, a 9.875 from Karr and a career-tying 9.850 from Ross.
EYE ON THE RANKINGS
Denver returned to the top 10 this week, moving up three spots to No. 8. It is the highest the program has ever been ranked when rankings are determined by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The previous high was No. 10, accomplished twice last year and once in 2005.
As a team, DU holds top-11 rankings on all four events—three of which are in the top 10. DU’s highest event ranking is a tie for No. 8 on floor (49.165), the event in which the Pioneers have only competed with five student-athletes all season.
The Pioneers also hold the No. 9 spot on bars (49.170), No. 10 on beam (49.170) and No. 11 on vault (49.110).
Three Denver gymnasts are ranked nationally in the all-around—two of them in the top 10. Karr is No. 7 with an RQS of 39.425, and Ross is No. 10 (39.340). Addison is tied for No. 24 (39.000).
At least one Pioneer is ranked on each of the four events. Karr and Ross are both ranked on vault with the freshman tied for No. 9 (9.895) and the senior tied for No. 21 (9.850). Ross is also tied for No. 23 (9.60) on bars. Ogden joins Ross in the bars rankings, tied for No. 12 (9.875).
Karr holds the No. 9 spot on beam (9.885) and is also tied for No. 20 on floor (9.875). Addison has DU’s top ranking on floor, coming in tied for No. 10 (9.895).
LAST TIME OUT
For the second straight meet, the Pioneers tallied a 197+ score, earning a 197.150 against Minnesota on February 18. It became the team’s new season high and the sixth-highest score in program history—besting DU’s 197.125 against Boise State the previous weekend.
DU added another event score of 49.400, this time on beam, which is now the program’s third-best performance all-time on the event. All of the Pioneers’ routines earned scores above a 9.800—including three scores of 9.900 or higher.
Denver earned at least a share of all five individual titles, led by Ross’ 39.475 win in the all-around. She also took home the beam title and shared the bars title with Chesnok. Karr won on vault with her perfect 10.0, and Addison won on floor.
ABOUT OHIO STATE
Ohio State is coming off a 196.075-195.800 win over West Virginia at home last weekend. Alexis Mattern won the all-around with a 39.375 while also winning at least a share of the vault and bars titles. Taylor Harrison won on beam.
The Buckeyes are No. 20 overall in this week’s rankings and hold top-25 spots on all four events. Mattern is No. 13 in the all-around, tied for No. 15 on vault and tied for No. 20 on floor.
Denver is 7-5 all-time against Ohio State and 5-2 under head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart. Their last meeting was at the 2016 NCAA Regionals where DU topped OSU 195.700-194.775. DU’s last trip to Columbus was February 18, 2012, which Ohio State won 197.625-195.450.
DU and OSU will meet again next weekend, this time in Denver on Saturday, March 4, in Magness Arena when the Pioneers celebrate Senior Night. It will be DU’s final home meet of the year.
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