Led by a perfect 10.0 on the bars from all-American senior Lynzee Brown, #9 Denver Gymnastics shocked #1 University of Oklahoma in Morgantown, West Virginia, 197.350 to 197.125 in the Big XII Championships, marking the first loss at the Big XII Championships for the Sooners in nine years. #22 Iowa State and host West Virginia finished third and fourth, respectively. DU had been tied with OU heading into the final rotation, and now awaits its assignment for the upcoming NCAA regionals.
DU had finished the regular season on an upward swing by defeating BYU on March 11th with the Pioneers’ best road score ever. The momentum carried over to this weekend’s conference title against the heavily-favored Sooners. Today’s win, DU’s first-ever Big XII title, is Denver’s greatest gymnastic achievement since 2019, when Denver finished fourth nationally at the NCAA Championships.
Lynzee Brown led the Pioneer charge with a rare 10.0 score on the bars and a 9.875 on the beam. The DU star is best known for her floor routine. Former DU gymnastics star Maddie Karr had this to say about Brown’s performance in leading coach Melissa Kutcher’s team:
This is what sports are all about. Lynnzee is the BEST gymnast in the country and @DU_Gymnastics are forever 2021 BIG 12 CHAMPS. Congratulations to the amazing senior leadership and the whole teams resiliency. #RollPios https://t.co/IKqOskuK87
— Maddie Karr (@maddie_karr) March 20, 2021
Congratulations to Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart and Denver gymnastics for a BIG XII title.