As the final four competition continues on Saturday, the NCAA announced their individual event and all-around champions and post-season All-Americans. Here’s a recap of where Denver gymnasts landed in the individual standings.
The individual results were determined by combining scores from both semifinals meets. The two semifinals consisted of the top 8 teams coming out of Regional competitions, plus individual event qualifiers from every Regional. The top 8 in each event and All Around were podium finishers. DU had podium finishes on Vault, Floor, and All Around.
So given that, here are the top finishers from Denver:
- Vault: Lynnzee Brown , tie for #2, with 9.925
- Bars: Kiley Rorich, tie for #15, with 9.9125
- Beam: Jessica Hutchinson, tie for #13, with 9.925
- Floor: Jessica Hutchinson and Lynnzee Brown, tie for #4, with 9.95
- All Around: Lynnzee Brown, #4, with 39.6625
Jessica Hutchinson, #8, with 39.5625
DU announced that Jessica Hutchinson made the regular-season All-American second team back on March 23. Regular-season teams are based on average scores throughout the regular season. But the All-American teams based on finishes at the national championships were determined on Thursday, April 13.
Four postseason All-Americans and eight total awards = more updates to the record books!
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First and Second Team All-Americans are top finishers at each of the semifinals. The top four from each semifinal are First Team, and 5th-8th are Second Team.
In this case, DU was lucky that they had the easier semifinal bracket because they already had knocked out Michigan and OSU in regional competition. So it is interesting how their team performance in the win at Regionals helped their individuals earn All-American honors.
Here is a summary of Denver’s newly crowned All-Americans.
First Team All-Americans:
- Vault: Lynnzee Brown
- Floor: Lynnzee Brown and Jessica Hutchinson
- All Around: Lynnzee Brown and Jessica Hutchinson
Second Team All-Americans:
- Bars: Kiley Rorich and Rosie Casali
- Beam: Jessica Hutchinson
So in the end, the team earned honors as individuals in all four events and All-Around. Three of these four individuals are eligible to return for next year. Hutchinson and Casali are juniors, Rorich is a freshman.
And let’s not forget the growing interest in collegiate gymnastics nationwide. Gymnastics has become a national television event (ESPN+ and ESPN) and provides great visibility to the University of Denver, the only private university to make the national cut. DU is also fortunate to have Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart at the helm, growing the sport in Denver and developing outstanding gymnasts.
And now I sign off for the season. If you enjoyed my articles, you’ll enjoy seeing competition live even more! Keep an eye out for season tickets going on sale and join me at Magness.
Till next year, Denver fans!
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