It was 2018 when Denver skiing won their 24th national NCAA title. Denver hockey secured their 8th title during the 2016-2017 season. In 2015, head coach Bill Tierney led Denver to its first men’s lacrosse NCAA championship. By recent DU standards, a three-year championship drought is too long and it begs the question of which team will win the athletic department’s next national title and when?
Denver Men’s Golf made a final day charge but their over-par performance on the final few holes caused them to fall to sixth out of 13 teams at the 2021 NCAA Cle Elum Regional. Just the top five teams advance to nationals out of each regional and Denver fell just short of fifth-place Florida. It would have been historic for men’s golf to appear in the NCAA championships, a drought that has extended for over 61 years. Only three individual athletes remain in the NCAA playoffs. DU Women’s golfer Anna Zanusso is left as an individual athlete competing May 21st-23rd at the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anna Reidmiller from Women’s Tennis and James Davis from Men’s Tennis are in the NCAA Tennis Championships May 23rd-28th in Orlando, Florida.
It is #1Day4DU again and time to consider an annual gift to the University of Denver and, especially, any number of our successful women’s athletic programs. Head volleyball coach Tom Hogan sums it up best: “Our entire athletic department is still recovering from the financial losses we incurred during the COVID year, and every team has been impacted in one way or another through reduced budgets. It’s critical to our long-term competitiveness that we get back our financial footing, so that we can compete with top tier division one programs, and provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes.” Continue reading #1Day4DU – Spotlight on Women’s Athletics
Over this past weekend, DU earned two NCAA Tournament soccer berths, one by the old-fashioned way and the other via a COVID shortened season. Also, Denver women’s swimming won the Summit League in Fargo, North Dakota. First place women’s and men’s lacrosse teams experienced overtime highs and lows on road trips but both remain in first place in the BIG EAST. Continue reading Conference Championships Highlight DU’s Weekend
If you want to read about the inspirational story of DU’s gymnast Lynnzee Brown, follow this link for a well-written piece by ESPN writer D’Arcy Maine.
— Denver Gymnastics (@DU_Gymnastics) April 14, 2021
Brown’s journey continues Friday when she will contend for individual national titles in the all-around and on all four events during Semifinal I, which is set for Friday, April 16, at 11:00 a.m. MT in Fort Worth Texas.
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Like all Pioneer fans, it has been weird not seeing DU hockey in the NCAA Tournament over the past couple of weeks but DU did have yet another undefeated weekend in spring sports. There were plenty of big wins this past weekend and still lots of excitement remaining in this academic year. Continue reading Weekend Update: Denver Secures Regular Season Titles and in the Hunt for More
It was a bittersweet several days for DU athletes and fans this week as Denver competed in season-ending competitions which, ultimately, were decided in their opponents’ favor. This is a reminder to all of us why athletic competitions can provide great exhilaration as well as gut-wrenching disappointment which oftentimes hinge on a single moment. In each case, Denver was positioned for success but came up just short.
Men’s soccer (4-2) had an important road sweep in Kansas City as DU defeated the Roos 4-1 and 1-0. Jacob Stensson had two goals and an assist in game one and the game winning assist on Kengo Ohira’s game winner in game two. Continue reading Weekend Update: DU Women’s Teams Lead Weekend of Sweeps
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. Continue reading March Madness: #9 DU Gymnastics Upsets #1 Oklahoma to Win BIG XII
Some games were played this past weekend while others were canceled or postponed as a heavy, wet spring storm rolled into Denver. The men’s lacrosse game against #4 Georgetown on Saturday at Peter Barton Stadium was moved to tomorrow afternoon. Women’s volleyball took to the court Friday evening at Hamilton Gym against South Dakota but their second match, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed. Men’s soccer against Omaha on the road was postponed. Women’s Tennis in Macomb, Illinois was postponed. Continue reading Wintry Weekend Update: Games Played & Postponed