Gymnast claims a page in DU history books

University of Denver gymnast Lynnzee Brown knows a thing or two—or 10—about perfect scores.  

On March 20, the senior first-generation college student helped the Pioneers capture the Big 12 championship when she flipped her way to a perfect 10.0 on bars with the team’s final routine in the competition. Her all-around score of 39.725 made her the second Big 12 all-around champion in program history and helped her capture an impressive distinction as the Big 12 Conference Co-Gymnast of the Year. 

Subsequently, on April 16, at the NCAA National Gymnastics Championships, she delivered some of the best individual performances in Pioneers’ postseason program history, finishing in the top 10 overall in three of her routines. What’s more, she captured postseason All-American honors on those three events—bars, beam and floor. This was on top of her 2019 triumph as NCAA co-champion on floor exercise.  
  
Brown’s recent achievements testify to more than her athletic abilities. They also reflect the media studies major’s remarkable resilience and determination. Not long after capturing her national championship, she lost her mother and tore her Achilles tendon, but as difficult as these calamities were, Brown remained determined to excel.   

Look for another manifestation of that determination in spring 2022, when Brown returns to competition, thanks to an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic’s toll on collegiate athletics.  

Beyond DU, she has set her sights on the ultimate competitive arena.  

“My mother passed away two years ago, and it was always her dream for me to go to the Olympics,” Brown told the DU Newsroom in March. “She got to watch me in 2019 win my national championship. I think this would be for her, and it’s one of my main motivators right now, just to do all of the things she wanted me to do and be successful.”

More news

No matter how you measure it, cookbooks have a lot to teach us

I learned to cook by observation and practice, without the aid of written instructions or measurements. As the oldest child in a household with...

An endowed scholarship honors departing education dean

In honor of Karen Riley upon her departure as dean of the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education, Donne and Sue Fisher have...

Gymnast claims a page in DU history books

University of Denver gymnast Lynnzee Brown knows a thing or two—or 10—about perfect scores.   On March 20, the senior first-generation college student...

A court-tested coach brings program-building expertise to DU

The University of Denver has named Jeff Wulbrun as head coach of the Pioneers men’s basketball team. Wulbrun is the 33rd head coach in the program’s history. 

A new generation challenges the status quo

From coast to coast and border to border, college students have long worked to catalyze change—whether on campus, in their communities or...

Questions? Comments?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More stories

No matter how you measure it, cookbooks have a lot to teach us

I learned to cook by observation and practice, without the aid of written instructions or measurements. As the oldest child in a household with...

Colorado loses an inspirational legal leader

Gregory Kellam Scott (HDR ’98), the first and only Black justice on the Colorado Supreme Court, died March 31 at age 72. His historic legacy as an inspiration for the state’s Black...

Global citizen: Strategic visionary Caitlin Scott (MA ’11)

Caitlin Scott knows the inner workings of Friendship Bridge, starting from the ground up. That’s because over the past 20 years, she has held many positions...