Denver Gymnastics Signs Three for 2017 Season
National Letter of Intent signees Karr, Loper, Ogden join the Pioneers
Nov. 12, 2015
DENVER - The University of Denver women's gymnastics team welcomes three student-athletes for the 2017 season, head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart announced Thursday. Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.), Courtney Loper (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Samantha Ogden (Allen, Texas) signed their National Letters of Intent this week as part of the early signing period.
Maddie Karr is a Level 10 gymnast from Twin City Twisters in Champlin, Minn. In 2015, she finished first in the all-around at the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup while also finishing tied for second on vault, and third on bars and floor. She qualified to J.O. Nationals in each of the last five years, most recently finishing second on beam, third in the all-around and tied for fourth on vault in 2015. She has been named to the J.O. National Team every year since 2013.
"Courtney is known for her flowing, elite lines," Kutcher-Rinehart said. "Her outstanding work ethic was evident from even my first visit to Chow's Gymnastics."
WATCH: Courtney Loper Beam Routine
"Sam brings international elite experience, which is invaluable," Kutcher-Rinehart said. "She's known for complex and stylish gymnastics, especially on bars and beam."
WATCH: Sam Ogden Bars Routine
DU finished the 2015 season ranked No. 15 in the nation and saw two-time All-American Nina McGee (Cincinnati, Ohio) tie for second on floor at the 2015 NCAA National Championships. McGee will return for her fifth and final season in 2016, and will be joined by fellow seniors Emily Barrett (Norman, Okla.), Maggie Laughlin (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Katie Menhinick (Paramus, N.J.) and Morgan Tolman (Northridge, Calif.).
Denver will begin its first season as an affiliate member of the Big 12 Conference in the team's home opener on January 9, 2016, against West Virginia and Southern Utah. Fans can meet the team at the annual Crimson & Gold Intrasquad on December 12, which is free to the public.
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