- David Carle has completed his incoming freshman class – and still no official word as to whether Ian Mitchell will be departing before his senior season, though it is still all but a given that he will sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. The incoming class includes two 2019 NHL Draftees in D Antti Tuomisto, Assat U20 (Finland) 2nd round pick (35th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings and F McKade Webster, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) 7th round draft pick (213 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The remaining three members are F Connor Caponi, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) from Brookfield, Wisconsin, D Reid Irwin, Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), from Victoria, B.C, and D Josh Luedtke, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) from Minnetonka, MN. We will have more on this incoming class later this year in our annual season preview.
The last two days have felt like a decade. Every five minutes, the news cycle delivered a new body blow and the bad news flowed flowing like the dang Colorado River. On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA delivered the news that fans would not be permitted to attend any winter sports championships including March Madness and the NCAA Hockey Tournament. This news, of course, was followed up by the NBA suspending its season Wednesday night after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus, better known to some as COVID-19. And that was just Wednesday. Continue reading And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports
DU’s All-American gymnast junior Lynnzee Brown formally acknowledged on Twitter that she is out for the remainder of the season. A lower-body injury, reportedly an Achilles tendon, was sustained during the final floor exercise at Magness Arena this past weekend. On her final pass of the afternoon during her floor routine she landed awkwardly and was carried from the arena.
— Lynnzee Brown (@lynnzeeb4) February 20, 2020
The past weekend was bookended by a premier lacrosse showdown between #8 DU and #11 Duke at a sold-out Peter Barton Stadium and #5 Denver Gymnastics performing in front of 5,500 fans in Magness Arena. If athletics are ‘the front porch’ of a university, Denver was just a few heads short of a visit from the fire marshall. Continue reading Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans
Denver Sophomore all-American Alexis Vasquez recorded the first perfect 10.0 of the 2020 NCAA season with a perfect beam routine to help the #7 Pioneers (196.700) defeat No. 21 Arizona State (194.675), No. 13 Auburn (194.375) and No. 25 Penn State (193.500) in Session #1 of the Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, California. Continue reading DU Sophomore Conquers Self Doubt, Pioneers Win First Test of the Season
In 2010, when the decade began, the University of Denver was known primarily as a hockey school, supplemented by many NCAA ski titles. Continue reading University of Denver Athletics’ Decade in Review: Top 10 Moments of the Decade
Todd Rinehart, a former DU basketball assistant coach and currently DU’s Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, has just been elected by his national peers to become the new President of the 15,000+ member National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC). Continue reading Former DU coach Todd Rinehart rises to top of college admissions field
Looking forward to watching DU soccer, volleyball, hockey on TV this fall? Well, unfortunately, DU athletics are now off the air along with the rest of Altitude TV’s programming in its 10 state region if you have Comcast/Xfinity, DISHTV or Direct TV. And, Altitude TV claims that streaming content is not a feasible, economic option to do an ‘end run’ around the Big Three.
Altitude is also the home network for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, NBA’s Denver Nuggets, MLS’ Colorado Rapids and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. Should it last that long, the dispute ratchets up on October 3rd when the Colorado Avalanche are scheduled to return to Altitude’s lineup with their regular season opener and October 5th when DU hockey hits the ice.
Altitude’s coverage-area includes Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming. DirectTV and Dish Network also provide nationwide coverage for Pioneer Nation so this will impact all Pioneer fans. Continue reading Pioneer Athletics officially off the air
DU did not win a national gymnastics title Saturday night. The University of Oklahoma (198.3375), DU’s Big 12 Conference mate, brought home the title with Denver settling into 4th place in their first NCAA Gymnastics Finals.
Make it four.
The Sooners go UNDEFEATED and win their fourth national title!
— Oklahoma Women's Gym (@OU_WGymnastics) April 21, 2019
Still, Denver’s journey ended with the elite company of #1 UCLA, #2 Oklahoma and #3 LSU. Far from an ‘overnight sensation’, Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart and her upstart program fought headwinds to build a regional powerhouse- 18 straight NCAA appearances. But, Saturday’s NCAA Gymnastics Final Four vaulted (pardon the pun) DU onto the national stage and into the NCAA gymnastics psyche. And these Pioneers just might be planting a flag next time. Continue reading Twenty One Year Journey Ends at Mountain Top
Photo: Courtesy of Denver Gymnastics Twitter
The Denver Pioneer Gymnastics made program history as (#5)-seeded Pioneers rocked the NCAA Gymnastic Championships Friday in Fort Worth, Texas and when the smoke cleared, the Pioneers posted a 197.0375 score to beat nine-time NCAA Champion Georgia and Oregon State to join No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 LSU in Saturday night’s NCAA Gymnastics Finals (5 p.m. MT/ESPNU). DU had never made to the final 4 teams in program history.
“We are thrilled for this opportunity to advance,” head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said in a press release. “I’m incredibly proud of our team and our student-athletes. They have continued to show tremendous character, competitiveness and consistency, and we are incredibly proud.”
Look, while we are not gymnastic experts at LetsGoDU with the knowledge to thoroughly analyze today’s performances, we do know a great thing when we see it.
With top-ranked Oklahoma cruising to a win and the top seed in the Pioneers’ evening semi final, DU was fighting off the Georgia Bulldogs and Oregon State for the final qualification spot in the Final Four, as UCLA and LSU had already qualified in the afternoon session. In the end, it came down the final rotation in the semi-final. Heading into the fourth and final rotation, Denver was tied with Oregon State for second with a 147.650. Senior and co-team DU captain Claire Kern lead off the bars rotation with a 9.8375 to set the tone for the Pioneers. Ruiz scored a 9.875 in the second spot while Mia Sundstrom and Emily Glynn followed with 9.850s. Lynzee Brown continued DU’s momentum with a 9.900, and Maddie Karr clinched the team finals berth with her 9.9125. The Pioneers were jubilant, and history was made.
This Denver team, the only private school in the finals, is making history against the elite blue-blood programs of gymnastics. Tomorrow, Denver will compete in their first gymnastics NCAA finals ever and has a chance, yet again, to create even more history. Should they win Saturday night, they would be the first women’s team at DU to win a national team title at the D-I level. And, despite the odds, nothing seems out of reach for this group. And even if they don’t win it, DU has served notice that it is an elite-level program. Continue reading DU Gymnastics Makes History, Advances to NCAA Final Four