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
DU has formally announced its 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.
The ceremony will feature a return to campus by hockey head coach George Gwozdecky, one of Denver’s greatest coaches, who led DU to a pair of national championships, multiple NCAA appearances and an imposing 443-267-64 record in 19 years with the Pioneers between 1994 and 2013. The evening is sure to be a special one as ‘Coach Gwoz’ finally gets some of the eternal recognition that he so richly deserves as a legend in the Pioneer family. Continue reading Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event
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
Photo: Courtesy of Denver Athletics – National Champion Jett Seymour
The Denver Alpine team took to the slopes on the final day of the NCAA Skiing Championships in Stowe, Vermont. While the Pioneers did not repeat as team champions, a DU sophomore won an individual NCAA championship.
On the men’s side, DU sophomore Jett Seymour became a national champion and All-American with a first-place finish in the men’s slalom Saturday morning.
On the women’s side, Denver had another strong Alpine performance as Andrea Komsic finished 6th and Amelia Smart finished 4th in slalom. Both are now All-Americans. Continue reading NCAA Championships Day 4: Denver’s Jett Seymour wins Slalom National Championship
Photo: Courtesy of DenverPioneers.com
The Pioneers continued their recent trend of every-other-year wins. And, Denver is usually not at their best when out East. It has never been more true than Friday when the Nordic team experienced another bad day.
Denver’s hopes for a repeat national championship were all but dashed in Stowe, Vermont Friday when the Pioneers struggled at the men’s (20k) and women’s (15k) Classical events. Denver needed to hold serve or make a little bit of progress but neither happened this morning. Continue reading NCAA Championships Day 3: Pioneers fade in Nordic Classical
“Nothing is over until we decide it is!” – Bluto, Animal House
Cynics will say, “No chance”. But remember 2017 when the Pioneers led by 34.5 points going into the final day and finished third? With two days remaining and a 31 point deficit faced by the Pioneers, Denver is still within striking distance of this year’s NCAA Skiing Championship.
The men’s and women’s Giant Slalom was featured Thursday morning in Stowe, Vermont. The Pioneers rebounded from the prior day’s Nordic performance with top 10 finishes in both the men’s and women’s sides. Denver (228 points) now sits in 4th place. Dartmouth leads the field with 259 points on the strength of a powerful women’s Giant Slalom finish by all three of their team members. Denver trails Vermont by 17 points and Utah by 24 points. Continue reading NCAA Championships Day 2: Pioneers cling to fragile title hopes
Article special to LetsGoDU by Denver Ski Team Insider Tim Healy
The 2019 NCAA Skiing Championships began Wednesday in Stowe, Vermont.
The Pioneers began their defense of their 2018 title, hoping to clinch their 25th title. But it was a challenging day for the Crimson and Gold.
On the Nordic side, Coach Dave Stewart has a new look squad. After losing some of his team members from last season to graduation and illness, Stewart fielded three skiers this year that are new to the NCAA Championships – but show strong potential. During the 10k event, Eivind Kvaale led the Pioneers to an 11th place finish while other newcomers Borger Norrud (24th) and OleMarius Kirkeng (27th) finished back in the pack. I have nicknamed the three Norwegians – the “Attacking Vikings” – but today was not the type of day they could attack. Continue reading NCAA Championships Day 1: DU Skiers face tough uphill battle
While men’s hockey and lacrosse take up the lion’s share of fan interest for most Pioneer fans, it’s important to recognize some other DU athletic teams who continue to climb higher into national prominence and greater conference impact:
- The 13th-ranked DU women’s lacrosse team beat its very first top five opponent since coach Liza Kelly took the helm in 2006, upsetting (#6/#4) Stony Brook (N.Y.) University, 11-7, behind Bea Behrins’ three-goal hat trick. This was a statement win for the program. The Pios have been a top-20 program for a while now, but have had trouble beating the very top echelon teams. Sunday’s win over SBU kept DU undefeated at 4-0 and may see the Pioneers knocking on the door of a top-10 ranking. The Michigan Wolverines come to town this Tuesday to face the surging Pioneers for a 12 noon start.
- The sixth-ranked DU women’s gymnastics team scored its second highest all-time score (and the highest score of this season) with a 197.725 on Sunday afternoon before over 4,000 fans at Magness Arena, to win the meet over Iowa State and Boise State. This kind of scoring should keep DU in the hunt for a top-five national ranking as the season moves into the stretch run.
- The DU men’s (#24th nationally) and (#47) women’s swim teams once again won the Summit League title for the sixth year in a row. DU was so dominant at the Summit League Championships that the DU women set an all-time league record for points, and DU mens and women swimmers won 37 of 38 of the swimming events overall. That’s an incredible achievement – perhaps the swimming equivalent of winning the Summit League basketball title game by 30 points, and repeating the winning margin for six straight years.
- DU women’s basketball (15-12, 8-6 Summit league) continued its rise into a winning program with a dramatic road win at North Dakota. Often-injured senior Pioneer Haley Simental hit the long-range three point shot-of-her-college-career to send the game into overtime at the buzzer, in a game that the Pios would later win, 92-91. With the OT win, the Pios’ have earned at least a top-five seed at the Summit League tournament next month.
- The DU women’s tennis team, ranked #40 nationally, are 7-2 this year in a sport where 317 teams compete nationally. DU has already defeated brand name schools such as Oregon, Wisconsin, BYU and Colorado this season.
All of these teams deserve our support, and we look forward to seeing how they compete in the coming months.
Photo courtesy of Denver Athletics
Maintaining a winning culture is a precious formula with a variety of methods that concern core values, an environment to succeed, commitment, demanding results and myriad other variables. It’s a complex process that few ever perfect. For a dynasty like the University of Denver Pioneers ski program, it has become a matter of tradition and innovation; a recurring expectation the athletes are devoted to and prestige they hold themselves accountable towards. Continue reading Inside the dynasty of the Denver Ski Team
Below is an account from LetsGoDU ski team insider, Tim Healy, on this season’s outlook for DU’s defending national champions. His recent day with the team is chronicled below:
This past Saturday the DU ski team hosted its annual Ski with the Team fundraiser up at Winter Park Resort. Members of both the Alpine and Nordic teams joined supporters and friends of the program on the Winter Park Express for a train ride up to the slopes. On board the train the athletes served beverages and breakfast burritos from local favorite Snooze an A.M. Bakery. Once we arrived at the mountain, we hit the slopes. I was joined by senior Tuva Norbye, junior Storm Klomhaus, sophomore Amelia Smart, & freshman Katie Hensien. And, frankly, how many sports can you spend the day with NCAA national champions doing a hobby you love to do! Continue reading A Day with the Denver Ski Team