Deni Boswell Maxwell
Deni began her gymnastics career at age three and competed at the Junior Olympic level all the way through her high school days at Meadowdale High School. She graduated from Meadowdale High in 1994. During her training with, and competing for, the Falcon Gymnastics Club, she at some point caught the eye of legendary Seattle Pacific University (SPU) gymnastics coach, Laurel Tindall. Coach Tindall offered Deni a gymnastics scholarship and she accepted and enrolled at SPU in the fall of 1984. She went on to compete collegiately and become a four-year letter winner, a 3-time national champion, and a 9-time All American.
Deni’s major gymnastics accomplishments and highlights include:
• In 1996 as a sophomore, she was National Champion and All-American in uneven bars, which qualified her for all-around (floor, uneven bars, vault and beam) competition at the Division I Regionals. In 1997, her junior year, she was All-American in floor and uneven bars and also a member of SPU’s 1997 National Championship Team.
• In 1998 as a senior, she was National Champion and All-American in all-around and National Champion in uneven bars, and she again qualified for the Division 1 Regionals in all-around. She was also on SPU’s 1998 team that placed second in the National Championships.
After graduating from SPU, Deni has continued to give back to the sport through volunteering at the club and collegiate level of gymnastics.