The awards just keep coming in for DU gymnast Lynnzee Brown. Brown has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The award is given to college athletes who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
After sustaining a season-ending Achilles injury in 2020, Brown returned stronger than ever in 2021 with one of the best seasons in DU history. She set numerous program records including the highest all-around score (39.825) and became the first Denver gymnast to finish the season ranked in the top three in the all-around and on two events. Her tie for the No. 2 final national all-around ranking is the highest in school history for any point in the season.
Brown helped lead Denver to its first-ever Big 12 Championship in 2021, collecting the conference all-around, bars and floor titles along the way. In the postseason, she scored three perfect 10.0s including one on both bars and floor in the NCAA Regional Final on April 3. She represented DU as an individual all-around qualifier at the NCAA National Championships, placing in the top 10 on bars, beam and floor, and becoming the first in program history to earn three scores of at least 9.900 in a single NCAA Nationals meet.
Among the recognition she earned in 2021 were Big 12 co-Gymnast of the Year, Region 2 Gymnast of the Year and seven All-American honors – four in the regular season and three in the postseason.
Conferences will select up to two nominees from their pool of member school nominees. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will then choose 10 women from each division to make the Top 30. Three finalists from each division will be announced in the fall with the winner chosen later in the fall.
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