The Denver Pioneers continued making their case for being a top five team, scoring a 197.625 at home to the Illinois State Redbirds’ 193.375. Sophomore Lynzee Brown tied the program’s highest all-around score with a 39.775, also winning the meet. She also won the uneven bars, vault, and floor, coming off a perfect 10.0 performance last week. Freshman Alexis Vasquez was beautiful on beam, winning the event with a 9.925.

In the first rotation, Denver scored a 49.325 on vault, where Brown won the event with a 9.925. Teammate Maddie Karr placed second with a 9.900, and Mia Sundstrom placed third with a 9.850. Showing cleaner landings and better consistency, all five counting scores on vault were over a 9.800. Alexandria Ruiz also competed on vault and scored a 9.750, showing improvement as she continues her freshman season.

On the uneven bars, Denver scored a 49.400, highlighted by Brown’s 9.975, which won the event. As always, the Pioneers looked sharp and showed good levels of difficulty. Emily Glynn placed second with a 9.900, while Karr placed third with a 9.875. Ruiz proved herself to be a consistent all-arounder, scoring a 9.850 on bars and placing third in the all-around.

Lynzee Brown performs on the floor exercise for the Denver Pioneers against the Illinois State Redbirds in Denver, Colorado/Denver Athletics

The Pioneers posted their highest rotation total on the balance beam, featuring Vazquez’s 9.925 routine tying with Karr to win the event. Brown placed third with a 9.900, continuing her dominant all-around performance. Kaitlyn Schou placed fourth with a 9.875, helping Denver count five scores over a 9.800 on beam.

Ending on the floor exercise, Brown once again scored a 9.975, winning the event and capping off a fantastic performance. Karr placed second with a 9.900, followed by Ruiz’s 9.875. Karr placed second in the all-around with a 39.600. Despite a fall from Glynn, the Pioneers recovered and scored a total of 49.425. Denver has a small but well-balanced team, with four gymnasts competing in the all-around at this meet. They also rank in the top ten on every event and will be a top contender to watch.

Illinois State performed well at this meet, though they had to count a fall on beam. Meredith LaRoche posted the highest score for the Redbirds on vault with a 9.725 and on uneven bars with a 9.775. Gabrielle Cooke was the only gymnast competing in the all-around for Illinois State, scoring a 38.075 and placing fifth. She scored a 9.825 on floor, the highest score of the night for the Redbirds.

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