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No. 13 Denver Selected to Minneapolis Regional

March 26, 2018

DENVER – The No. 13-ranked University of Denver women’s gymnastics team will compete at the Minneapolis Regional on Saturday, April 7, the NCAA announced during Monday’s selection show. DU will be the No. 3 seed, joining No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 12 Kentucky, host No. 24 Minnesota, Iowa State and Iowa.

DU has advanced to NCAA Regionals in 20 consecutive seasons, doing so in every year with head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart.

In Minneapolis, Denver will seek a return trip to the NCAA National Championships after qualifying for the fourth time in program history last season.

DU is coming off its highest road score of the season (197.075) at the Big 12 Championships, which was the sixth-highest score in the nation during last weekend’s conference championships. Entering Regionals, DU holds a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 196.785, which is the third-highest in program history.

In 2017, Denver placed second at the Fayetteville Regional, earning a berth to the NCAA National Championships in St. Louis. DU finished a program-record ninth overall at Nationals last year.

The 2018 NCAA National Championships will return to Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on April 20-21. The top two finishing teams at each of the six regional sites will advance to NCAA Nationals, as well as the individual event winners and the top two all-around competitors who are not on a qualifying team.

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