Mar. 3, 2018
DENVER - The No. 12-ranked University of Denver women's gymnastics team will recognize seniors Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.), Claire Hammen (Loveland, Colo.) and Leah Lomonte (Katy, Texas) on Monday, March 5, in the team's final home meet of the season.
Joining Denver will be Southern Utah for a 7 p.m. start in Hamilton Gymnasium.
SENIOR NIGHT CELEBRATION
Monday will be the last home meet for DU's three seniors: Addison, Hammen and Lomonte.
Addison has competed regularly on three events throughout her career and has several all-around appearances. Since the start of the 2017 season, she has competed on vault, beam and floor in every meet and owns career highs of 9.850 on bars, 9.875 on beam, 9.900 on vault, 9.950 on floor and 39.325 in the all-around. She has won 10 event titles including nine on floor. Her tenth title came on vault this season when she set a new personal best of 9.900.
Hammen has competed in 17 meets throughout her career, highlighted by her sophomore season where she competed on floor in every meet and on beam in every meet but one. During the 2016 season, she set career highs of 9.900 on beam and 9.925 on floor. She returned from injury in time for the postseason last year including at the NCAA National Championships. She has missed the 2018 season due to injury.
Lomonte returned for a fifth and final year of eligibility in 2018 after missing her junior year with an injury. For the last two seasons, she has been a bars specialist for DU, earning a new career high of 9.900 in 2017. As a freshman and sophomore, she made appearances on all four events, logging career highs of 9.800 on floor, 9.850 on vault and 9.950 on beam--which ties the fifth-best beam score in program history.
For the first time this year, Denver will compete twice in the same week. DU opens the week with Monday's home meet against Southern Utah before traveling to Oklahoma only four days later on Friday, March 9. Also at Friday's meet will be Arkansas and Arizona State.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Vault: For only the second time this season, DU competed with six gymnasts on vault last week with freshman Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) making her collegiate debut. Junior Diana Chesnok (Charlotte, N.C.) had the team's highest mark, followed by freshman Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.). Sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) has the highest RQS on vault for DU (9.890), and Addison's 9.850 is second-best on the team.
Bars: Glynn and Karr made it two meets in a row with matching 9.900s to share the event win last week on bars. Both have earned 9.900s multiple times this season, and Sundstrom and Chesnok each have a mark of at least 9.900 as well. Freshman Lynnzee Brown (Kansas City, Mo.) returned to the bars line-up after missing two weeks with an injury and tied her career high of 9.875. Her bars RQS (9.855) is second to Karr's (9.895) on the team.
Beam: Junior Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Fla.) won her third beam title of the year last week with a 9.900 to improve her RQS to a team-high 9.895. Karr is close behind with a 9.885, and Sundstrom is third on the team with a 9.860. The three, along with Addison, had DU's top scores on beam at Elevate the Stage.
Floor: Last week, Denver had six student-athletes on floor for the first time since the season opener after junior Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) made her season debut and set a new personal best (9.800). All six of DU's scores were 9.800s or higher, led by Karr's 9.900 and Schou's 9.875. Karr and Addison have DU's highest RQSs at 9.905 and 9.890, respectively.
EYE ON THE RANKINGS
In the first week that rankings were determined by RQS, DU retained its No. 12 spot nationally and held rankings inside the top 20 on all four events. The Pioneers' No. 6 ranking on vault ties the program record for highest RQS ranking on the event. DU is also ranked No. 10 on floor, No. 12 on beam and tied for No. 20 on bars.
Karr became the first DU gymnast since Jessica Lopez in 2009 to hold national rankings on all four events and in the all-around simultaneously. The sophomore is tied for No. 6 in the all-around, tied for No. 10 on floor, tied for No. 12 on vault, is No. 16 on bars and tied for No. 20 on beam.
Schou is DU's highest-ranked gymnast on beam this week with her tie for the No. 12 spot. Addison returned to the national rankings as well, coming in tied for No. 16 on floor.
Rankings will be released again on Monday, March 5, before DU's meet against Southern Utah. The team score from Monday's meet will not be factored into the rankings until the week of March 12. Denver's meet at Oklahoma on March 9 will also be included in the March 12 rankings.
LAST TIME OUT
Denver traveled to Toledo, Ohio, for the Elevate the Stage meet, tying with then-ranked No. 6 Michigan with a 196.575 for the win. For the second straight week, DU tallied a 49.350 on bars to tie the sixth-best score in program history on the event. Karr and Glynn earned a share of the bars title while Schou tied at the top of the podium on beam. It was the first time this season that DU fielded full line-ups of six gymnasts on all four events. Career highs were set or tied by Chesnok on vault (9.875), Karr and Glynn on bars (9.900) and Kern on floor (9.800).
ABOUT SOUTHERN UTAH
The Thunderbirds hosted their last meet on February 23, narrowly topping visiting Iowa 195.850-195.775. Autumn Jorgensen won the all-around title. Twin sisters Megan and Madison McBride shared the vault title, and Kirsten Yee took home the bars title for SUU.
SUU will compete twice this weekend, starting with a home meet against Washington on Saturday, March 3, before traveling to Denver two days later.
This will be the second meeting between Denver and Southern Utah in three weeks. The two teams both met at BYU on February 16 where SUU edged DU by only one tenth 196.075-195.975.
DU is now 25-14 all-time against SUU and is 15-6 under head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart. Southern Utah last visited Denver on January 9, 2016, where DU won 195.375-194.100.
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