Gymnastics finishes second at Utah meet


On Friday, Jan. 20, the DU gymnastics team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to compete in a meet hosted by the University of Utah. Boise State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) were also competing at this quad meet. Prior to competition, DU was ranked No. 7 in the nation, Utah was ranked No. 5 and Boise State was ranked No. 15. DU took second to Utah’s 197.625 with a score of 196.875. Boise State came in third with a score of 196.225, and UIC finished last at 193.250. Following the meet, the rankings have not changed.

DU began the meet on bars and finished the event with a season high of 49.275. Senior Leah Lomonte (Katy, Texas) set a personal best with a 9.875. Senior Julia Ross (Henderson, Nevada) and freshman Sam Ogden (Allen, Texas) both scored 9.900—personal bests for each gymnast. Ross, Ogden and freshman Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minnesota) tied for second place for the event.

On beam, Karr led the team with a 9.875, followed by a score of 9.825 from Ross, sophomore Kaitlyn Schou (Orlando, Florida) and senior Rachel Fielitz (Walden, New York) and a 9.775 from junior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Florida). The team score for the beam was 49.125.

When it came to the final two events, floor and vault, DU only had five gymnasts competing.

Junior Claire Hammen (Loveland, Colorado) and sophomore Grace Broadhurst (Broomfield, Colorado) typically compete in these events, but both are currently recovering from injuries. The team scored 49.125, led by Addison’s 9.875. She took third in the meet. Ross scored a personal season high with a 9.800.

Vault was the final and best event for the Pioneers, as they finished with a final score of 49.350. Fielitz had the best score for DU and the second best overall with a 9.900. Addison had another career high with 9.875, as did Schou with a 9.850.

The team’s next meet will be in Morgantown, West Virginia on Jan. 29. DU will compete against West Virginia University, Temple University and Towson University.

Carolyn is a member of the University of Denver’s Class of 2018. She joined the Clarion team her freshman year and began writing for the sports section in the very first issue of the school year. Carolyn grew up in Chicago and went to high school in Palatine, Illinois. Carolyn is double-majoring in biology and environmental chemistry with dreams of pursuing a PhD in Marine Science. She followed her dreams to the University of Tasmania for a study abroad semester and her adventures are detailed in the Clarion’s blog “Down Under” She loves her Pioneer Hockey more than anything and is a super fan if you’ve ever seen one. Sports and writing have always been her passions and she is excited to be combining both in her work with the Clarion.

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