DU Gymnastics Advances to the Elite 8

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#5 Denver Gymnastics swept the NCAA Corvallis Regional to advance to the Elite 8 in Ft. Worth, Texas. The Pioneers stunned #4 Oregon along with #12 Boise State and #15 Oregon State to win the regional championship, a first for the DU program. This season also marks the 16th straight NCAA gymnastics tournament appearance for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers will be joined by UCLA, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Utah, and Oregon. The 2019 NCAA National Championships will be held April 19-20 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Denver will compete in the semifinals on Friday, April 19. 

The University of Denver has competed at the Gymnastics National Finals five times but this is clearly Denver’s deepest squad. Junior Maddie Kerr is the inspirational leader but Denver got contributions from a deep squad which includes  sophomore Lynnzee Brown, sophomore Mia Sundstrom, Kaitlyn Schou, freshman Alexandria Ruiz, senior Diana Chesnok, senior Claire Kern, and freshman Alexis Vasquez .

If DU wins in Ft. Worth, DU gymnastics would be the first all-female team to win a D-I national championship at the University of Denver. Also, Denver is the only private school to be competing in the national finals. However, the traditional gymnastics hierarchy will make it challenging to beat the tradition, depth and reputation of blue bloods like UCLA and Oklahoma. But Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart and her squad just keep making history.