Coming off of a loss to Oklahoma at last week’s Metroplex Challenge, Denver rose to the occasion on the road against host West Virginia (196.125), and Iowa State (196.700), with a record-breaking total of 197.450.

The Pioneers began the meet on bars where Emily Glynn posted a 9.900 and Maddie Karr anchored with a 9.925 to total a 49.375, their second-highest event total of the season. The Cyclones of Iowa State opened on beam in the first rotation where both Meixi Semple and Grace Woolfolk scored 9.825s to total a 48.825 and trail the Pioneers. The host Mountaineers tallied their second best vault score of the season in the first rotation, a 48.925, to put them in third place going into rotation two.

In rotation two, all three teams posted season-highs on their respective events. Denver totaled their highest beam score of the season, a 49.375. This was made possible by two huge 9.925s from Alexis Vasquez and Karr, her second of the night. The Cyclones posted a season-high 49.250 on floor in the second rotation. Senior Meaghan Sievers anchored with a career-high 9.925 to close the rotation for Iowa State. A career-high of 9.85 on bars from Mountaineer Kendra Combs highlighted the second rotation for West Virginia who totaled a 48.975.  

Maddie Karr performs on the floor exercise for the Denver Pioneers in Morgantown, West Virginia/Denver Athletics

Denver moved to floor in the third rotation to post a huge 49.400. Alexandria Ruiz and Lynnzee Brown’s pair of 9.925s contributed to the Pioneers’ event total. Despite posting five career highs on vault and totaling a 49.350, the Cyclones continued to trail Denver after rotation three. West Virginia posted another season-high of 48.85 when they moved to beam for the third rotation. This score included a career-high 9.875 from Kira Koshinski, and a 9.850 from freshman Esperanza Abarca on her Mountaineer beam debut.

In the final rotation, Denver posted a 49.300 on vault to total a 197.450, the Pioneers’ highest road score, and overall third-highest score in program history. This score would not have been possible without a stuck Yurchenko one-and-a-half vault from Karr in the final rotation, which scored a huge 9.975.

Although Iowa State fell short to Denver, their total after the final rotation on bars still managed to tie the highest score in Head Coach Jay Ronayne’s tenure. The final rotation for West Virginia saw Koshinski to score a 9.925 and Rachel Hornung to score a 9.900. These two scores along with four other routines, which all scored above 9.800, lead the Mountaineers to tally a huge 49.375. Overall, the home team posted season-high scores on three events and a season-high total of 196.125.

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