Category Archives: Gymnastics

A Five Point Fan Wish List for DU’s Next Athletic Director

As DU winds down the current athletic year and Denver Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Karlton Creech prepares to depart for the next chapter in his career, we die-hard fans at LetsGoDU have our wish list for the next athletic director, whomever it may be.

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Gymnastics Season of “What if’s” Ends with Disappointment and Hope

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

While the entire Pioneer Nation comes down off of the hockey Championship high, the DU gymnastics season fizzled out with our sole National Championship qualifier, Abbie Thompson, not competing in Fort Worth, assumingly due to injury. The season started with incredibly high hopes of, perhaps, a national championship for the first time ever from an all-women’s team at DU. It was just not to be. Continue reading Gymnastics Season of “What if’s” Ends with Disappointment and Hope

Denver Gymnastics Out at Regional Final, Thompson Advances

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

Well, Pioneer fans, this weekend wrapped up the gymnastics season for our beloved team, who had a strong finish after battling injuries all season. If anything, I hope LetsGoDU readers have learned more about these outstanding student-athletes and the grueling challenges of a collegiate gymnastics season. This past weekend, Denver competed at the Sweet 16 of gymnastics and finished fourth in the NCAA Auburn Regional meet, behind Florida, Auburn, and Kentucky. Florida ended the meet with the season’s highest score in the entire NCAA with a whopping 198.775. The top two teams from each of four regional meets advance to the NCAA National Championship. Denver improved their National Qualifying Score at the regional competition and ended the season ranked at #13. This DU team is just finding their stride after battling back from injuries and having to substitute-in athletes who would not otherwise have gotten spots in the lineup. I think if this were the halfway point of the season, Denver may have clawed its way into the team final NCAA Gymnastics Championships. But as it stands, only one Pioneer will be advancing to Nationals to compete for Crimson & Gold. Continue reading Denver Gymnastics Out at Regional Final, Thompson Advances

DU’s Hutchinson and Mundell go One-Two at Big 12 Conference Championship

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

Injury-riddled Denver gymnastics delivered one of its finest efforts in program history at the Big 12 Championships Saturday afternoon at Magness Arena. DU garnered an All Around individual title, won two of four event titles and finished second to #1 Oklahoma by less than a point. This was not a meet to pine about what might have been with DU’s raft of season-ending injuries but a dazzling display of Pioneer heart and depth when short-handed DU earned their second-highest score of the season. All this despite only having the minimum number of gymnasts, five, available to compete in two of the four events. Continue reading DU’s Hutchinson and Mundell go One-Two at Big 12 Conference Championship

Preview: Big 12 Gymnastics Championships at Magness Arena

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

It’s March Madness again!

I know many people may be thinking about basketball and, especially at DU, hockey. But to thousands of gymnastics fans, this is our March Madness, too. Almost exactly a year ago, DU won their first Big 12 Championship Title. It was an upset of the, then #1, Oklahoma Sooners and a huge accomplishment for the Pioneer’s gymnastics program. This year the Big 12 Conference Championship is being held in Magness Arena for the first time. But if you didn’t get tickets (they are still available, guys), it is also being broadcast on ESPNU at 5:00 pm MT. Continue reading Preview: Big 12 Gymnastics Championships at Magness Arena

Short-Handed DU Qualifies for NCAA Regionals in Final Meet Before Big 12 Tournament

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

The Pioneers gymnastics team closed out their regular season at home with a quad meet versus #12 Oregon State, #18 Arkansas, and Nebraska. Thanks to a hockey sweep over Miami, gymnastics was in Magness. Had the hockey teams split games on Friday and Saturday, gymnastics on Sunday would have been in Hamilton. But the bad news about the scheduling was that gymnastics tickets didn’t go on sale until late Saturday night. What should have been an easy sellout of Magness (we had four Olympians in the house after all), ended up being maybe half full. Continue reading Short-Handed DU Qualifies for NCAA Regionals in Final Meet Before Big 12 Tournament

Injuries Plague DU Gymnastics Team

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

And then there were none. With the loss of graduate student Emily Glynn at Penn State on Saturday, all three fifth-year gymnasts on the DU roster are out. Glynn suffered a lower leg injury, possibly an  Achilles injury, on floor exercise (DU rarely provides public details of student-athlete injuries), as she was carried off after failing to complete her first tumbling pass. Glynn was injured just like her teammates, Lynnzee Brown and Mia Sundstrom. Continue reading Injuries Plague DU Gymnastics Team

DU Gymnastics Faces Headwinds in Injury Plagued Season

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

Well sports fans, and statistics lovers, welcome to week 8 of NCAA gymnastics! This is the week in every season that the national rankings switch from average scores to National Qualifying Scores (NQS). The NQS is determined by the gymnasts’ top 7 scores, of which at least 3 must be from away meets, dropping the highest score, and then averaging the remaining 5 scores. This takes away some of the advantages of teams who have friendly home judges and who have great home crowds. Each week from here out, teams have a chance to improve their NQS by nudging out lower scores with higher ones. This is when consistency and constant improvement becomes really important. 

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Denver Struggles While Hutchinson Shines

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

Denver fans, it’s time to hitch our wagons to Sophomore Jessica Hutchinson on the road to nationals! As a team, the wheels officially fell off this weekend at the 2022 Metroplex Challenge. This meet was the culmination of a weekend of gymnastics in Fort Worth, TX with everything from young competitors to Team USA elite qualifiers.

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Denver Battles Iowa State & Judges Cards in Big XII Action

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

The #12 Pioneers gymnastics team beat #37 Iowa State on Sunday afternoon in Magness. Just like last week, this meet wasn’t about their competition at Magness, but about their national ranking. Although the Pioneers topped last week’s team score by seven-tenths of a point, the judges didn’t do them any favors. The Pios are attempting to climb back up the national rankings and dealing with some injuries to key athletes. If we compare Sunday’s performances to other teams around the NCAA, DU should have been scored at least four-tenths higher as a team. As it was, Denver won with a 196.850, ahead of Iowa State’s 195.775. Even though they improved their performances, Denver’s score was right at their season’s average, so ranking won’t change much this week.

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