Athletics & Recreation

Frozen Four returns to Colorado after 32 years

The Pioneers still have a long road to travel in the world of college hockey, just to make it back home. As the regular hockey season winds down, the playoffs loom and the college hockey world looks to Denver, host to this year’s NCAA championship series, the Frozen Four. The University […]

Swim teams take second and third at conference championship

The Pioneers took home numerous individual honors and a number of special awards at this year’s Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Championships, held Feb. 28–March 1 in Nashville, Tenn. The Pioneers men’s team finished second with a team score of 654 points and the Pioneers women’s team finished third with 705 points. […]

Treadmills hit 30,000 mile-mark

Treadmill users at the Coors Fitness Center have been going nowhere lately faster than ever. In February, six of the center’s 18 commercial-grade Cybex treadmills logged 30,000 miles after only 19 months of service. Typically, it takes three to five years. “You’re in rare air,” says Steve Suchanek, director of product […]

Mason family endows scholarships in gymnastics and women’s basketball

Art and Polly Mason have gifted $200,000 for endowed scholarships in gymnastics and women’s basketball. “We thank Art and Polly for such a wonderful gift to the University,” says Athletics and Recreation Director Peg Bradley-Doppes. “Athletic endowments provide the gift of opportunity for generations of DU student-athletes, and we’re thrilled […]

Pioneer ski team finishes second at Utah competition

The Pioneers had two second-place finishes Jan. 12 with junior Jenny Lathrop in slalom and senior Rene Reisshauer in freestyle, helping DU finish second at the University of Utah Invitational. The Pioneers finished with 550 points, behind host Utah’s 585.5 points. That despite two serious injuries on the Denver team: Junior […]

Nothing gets by Peter Mannino, especially hockey pucks

The guy’s a wall. And to see what he does to other teams you only have to look as far as the last letter of his last name — o as in zero. That’s the score squad after squad has to settle for when they face DU’s standout senior goalie […]

Mannino’s ‘artful’ head is in the game

There’s little doubt dejected opponents of DU’s hockey team leave the ice with images of Peter Mannino’s helmet seared into their troubled minds.  If anything, the DU standout goalie’s head gear is memorable, artful and nearly as busy as Mannino is when he’s fending off flurries of pucks in a […]

Men help women’s b-ball team sharpen skills

In the 2004 film Dodgeball, coach Patches O’Houlihan, played by Rip Torn, tries to instruct his team by flinging a metal wrench at a line of players. “If you can dodge a wrench,” he growls after the wrench knocks over a player, “you can dodge a ball.” The technique isn’t far […]

DU’s athletes hail from near and far … and farther still

When alpine skiing head coach Andy LeRoy drives the school van to the mountains, he often hears chatter behind him in up to six languages.  “It gets pretty interesting,” he says. “I can hear a little German, some French and some Italian.” LeRoy’s not alone. Other DU coaches can share […]

Two Pioneers hockey players join U.S. National Junior Team

University of Denver sophomore forwards Rhett Rakhshani and Tyler Ruegsegger were named to the 2008 U.S. National Junior Team. The announcement came Dec. 4 during the first intermission of the Detroit Red Wings-Montreal Canadiens game. Rakhshani and Ruegsegger are among 22 players who will compete for Team USA at the […]

Pioneers swimmers set school records at Ohio State Invitational

The Pioneers men finished the three-day Ohio State Invitational Dec. 2 in third place with 429 points and the Pioneers women finished fourth with 451 points. The Pioneers set 12 school records on the weekend, setting new marks in five relay races and seven individual events. Senior Kelsey Totura won the […]

Women’s soccer wins SBC championship

The University of Denver women’s soccer team won the Sun Belt Conference Championship by shutting out North Texas 2–0 Nov. 10, earning the Pioneers an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. “I’m really proud of the girls. They had to deal with a tough schedule with seven games on the road […]

Pioneers hockey team sweeps Golden Gophers

Freshman Tyler Bozak netted his first career hat trick, including two shorthanded goals, and Peter Mannino stopped 32 shots to lead No. 7 Denver to a 4-1 win and series sweep of No. 8 Minnesota before 9,898 fans at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis on Nov. 4. Denver improves to 6-2-0 […]

Coach, player spill women’s soccer success secrets

Coach, player spill women’s soccer success secrets

Yes, DU’s women’s soccer team has what you’d expect to field a winning squad: speed, stamina, agility — all of those and more are there. But those words come in second to another one: trust. “The key word is trust,” says Michael Thomas, the women’s assistant soccer coach. “They trust […]

Pioneers gymnasts qualify for 2008 Olympic Games

Two Pioneers gymnasts, junior Jessica López and freshman Annamari Maaranen, have qualified as individuals to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. López will compete for Venezuela, and Maaranen will compete for Finland. López and Maaranen qualified at the 40th World Gymnastics Championships, held in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. […]