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Gymnasts finish strong at NCAAs

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Gymanst Brianna Artemev, along with fellow DU gymnast Kelly Hennigan, finished in the top 20 at the NCAA gymastics national championships. Photo: Rich Clarkson & Associates

Sophomore Brianna Artemev and senior Kelley Hennigan both finished in the top 20 in the all-around at the semifinals of the 2010 NCAA national gymnastics championships on April 22 at the University of Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Artemev posted a 9.800 on vault and bars and a 9.725 on beam. Her best event was floor, where she scored a 9.850 to finish tied for 13th place. Artemev finished in 11th place with an all-around score of 39.175. Hennigan recorded a 9.750 on vault, 9.775 on bars, 9.700 on beam and 9.350 on floor to finish with a 38.575 for 20th place in the all-around.

“I think that both Brianna and Kelley had strong performances tonight,” head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart says. “I am proud of their efforts this season. We will miss Kelley a great deal next season, but we are excited to be able to see what Brianna can do next year.”

Hennigan and Artemev are Denver’s 12th and 13th individual NCAA qualifiers since turning Division I in 1984.

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