April 15, 2017
ST. LOUIS – Two University of Denver gymnasts earned All-American honors at the NCAA National Championship on Friday. Freshman Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) was named first team in the all-around and second team on vault and bars, while senior Julia Ross (Henderson, Nev.) took home a second team award on bars.
This is the first time in DU Gymnastics history that multiple student-athletes earned All-American honors at NCAA Nationals in the same season. They become DU’s seventh and eighth Division I All-Americans.
Karr finished fourth in the all-around with a 39.475 in Semifinal I on Friday. It is the second-highest all-around score in program history at the national championship and only .0125 off of the current record of 39.4875 set by Nina McGee in 2016. When results from both semifinals were combined, Karr finished ninth overall—the highest a DU gymnast has ever finished at the NCAA National Championship.
The DU freshman also picked up a second team award on vault. Her near-stuck vault at Friday’s semifinal scored 9.875 and tied for fifth in the competition. It ties the third-best vault score at the NCAA semifinals in program history.
On bars, Denver added two more All-American honors. Ross was named to the second team following her team-leading 9.8875, placing her in a tie for fifth in Semifinal I and tied for No. 16 when results from Semifinal II were added. Her score tied the program’s second-highest bars mark at the national semifinals and is only .0125 out of the program record. Karr, too, earned second team honors on bars with her 9.875 performance, tying for eighth in the first semifinal and becoming DU’s third-best mark at nationals.
Ross was named a second team All-American on bars following her team-leading 9.8875, placing her in a tie for fifth in Semifinal I and tied for No. 16 when results from Semifinal II were added. Her score tied the program’s second-highest bars mark at the national semifinals and is only .0125 out of the program record.
Both Karr and Ross were named regular season All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W)—Karr on vault and in the all-around, and Ross on beam and in the all-around.
All-American honors are awarded at the NCAA National Championship based on placement within each semifinal. The top four competitors on each event and in the all-around (including ties) in each of the semifinals earn first team honors while the competitors placed fifth through eighth (including ties) earn second team honors.
Denver competed at the NCAA semifinals for just the fourth time in program history on Friday, scoring a program-record 196.475 while finishing fifth in its semifinal. Overall, Denver finished the season ranked No. 9 in the nation following the conclusion of both semifinals—the highest the team has ever been ranked at the end of the season.
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