Denver Gymnastics Signs Three for 2018 Season

Nov. 10, 2016

DENVER -- The University of Denver women's gymnastics team will welcome three new student-athletes for the 2017-18 school year, head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart announced Thursday. Lynnzee Brown (Raytown, Mo.), Emily Glynn (Longmont, Colo.) and Mia Sundstrom (Boulder, Colo.) each signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday as part of the early signing period.

"We are so excited to have Lynnzee, Emily and Mia join our Pioneer family," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said of the incoming class. "All three are tremendous athletes, people and students, and they will each make an immediate impact by providing our team with depth and athleticism.

"One of my favorite things about this incoming class is their passion and excitement to be Denver Pioneers. They are the perfect fit for our culture of teamwork, character and excellence."

Lynnzee Brown
Lynnzee Brown
Lynnzee Brown is a Level 10 gymnast from Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) in Blue Springs, Mo. She has qualified to Level 10 J.O. Nationals every year since 2012 and is a two-time J.O. National Team Member (2015 & 2016). In 2016, she finished third on vault, fourth in the all-around and tied for fifth on floor at J.O. Nationals. She also finished at least tied for fourth in the all-around and on vault and bars at 2015 J.O. Nationals. In 2016, she swept the event and all-around titles at state championships. At the 2015 Region 4 Level 10 Championships, she finished in the top two on all four events and the all-around--including wins in the all-around and on vault.

"Lynnzee is dynamic and powerful," said Kutcher-Rinehart. "She is competitive and consistent. She has a high skill level and the mental toughness to go with it."

WATCH: Lynnzee Brown Highlight Video

Emily Glynn
Emily Glynn
Emily Glynn is a Level 10 gymnast from Airborne Gymnastics in Longmont, Colo. She qualified to Level 10 J.O. Nationals three years in a row (2013-15). In 2015, she placed first on bars and third on floor and in the all-around at the Region 3 Level 10 Championships. She was the 2015 Level 10 state all-around, beam and floor champion, and placed first on bars and third on vault and in the all-around at the 2015 Metroplex Challenge. At the 2015 Lady Luck Invitational, she won at least a share of the all-around, vault, bars and floor titles.

"Emily has a high skill level and is consistent, tough, focused and determined," said Kutcher-Rinehart. "She's a hard worker and has the passion and perseverance to be successful."

WATCH: Emily Glynn Highlight Video

Mia Sundstrom
Mia Sundstrom
Mia Sundstrom is a Level 10 gymnast also from Colorado's Airborne Gymnastics. She is a two-time TOPs National Team Member (2008 and 2009) and a two-time National Elite Compulsory Qualifier (2013 and 1014). In 2015, she won the bars title at the Region 3 Level 10 Championships, as well as finished second in the all-around and third on vault. She tied for first in the all-around at the 2015 state championships while also placing first on vault and bars. She will graduate from high school a year early to join the Pioneers for the 2018 season.

"Mia's gymnastics is graceful, light and effortless," Kutcher-Rinehart said. "She has beautiful shapes and also possesses the same high skill level as Lynnzee and Emily."

WATCH: Mia Sundstrom Highlight Video

DU is coming off a highly successful 2016 campaign that ended with the program's first NCAA individual national champion (Nina McGee on floor exercise). The Pioneers finished the season ranked No. 15 nationally after holding a No. 10 ranking for consecutive weeks in March and qualifying to their 18th consecutive NCAA Regionals.

Nine student-athletes return from the 2016 season including seniors Rachel Fielitz (Walden, N.Y.), Leah Lomonte (Katy, Texas) and Julia Ross (Henderson, Nev.).

Denver begins its 2017 season at Minnesota on January 7 before hosting its home opener on January 14 against Arizona State, Air Force and Texas Woman's. Fans are invited to join the Pioneers at their annual Crimson and Gold Intrasquad on December 17 for a first-look at the 2017 team. Admission is free.

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