Huskers Place Fourth at Big Ten Championships
Piscataway, N.J. - For the second-consecutive week, senior Jennie Laeng scored a 39.400 in the all-around, leading the 13th-ranked Nebraska women's gymnastics team (23-6) to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 196.475 on Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J.
Laeng, who took fourth in the all-around standings, tied for second on bars with a score of 9.90 to earn Big Ten All-Championships Team accolades. Sienna Crouse and Taylor Houchin joined her on the team, as the pair posted scores of 9.875 to tie for third on vault. Houchin was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year following the meet.
Michigan won the Big Ten championship with a score of 197.300. Illinois took second with a score of 196.875, while Iowa was third with a score of 196.725.
The Huskers started the meet on beam, where they posted a strong 49.150. Houchin and Danielle Breen bookended the NU lineup with a pair of 9.85s, while Laeng and Grace Williams added solid scores of 9.825. Abbie Epperson rounded out the Husker scoring with a 9.80.
Iowa (vault) and Penn State (bars) both started the meet with scores of 49.100, while Ohio State scored a 48.975 on vault.
NU was on a bye for the second rotation.
Illinois posted a 49.375 on floor for the highest score of the second rotation. Michigan scored a 49.125 on bars, while Iowa notched a 49.075 on vault and Penn State scored a 48.800 on beam.
Nebraska posted a 48.975 on floor in the third rotation. Megan Schweihofer led the way with a score of 9.875, while Laeng added a 9.85 for the Big Red. Breen scored a 9.825, and Houchin and Ashley Lambert rounded out the Husker effort with scores of 9.725 and 9.70 respectively.
Michigan scored a 49.400 on beam, while Illinois scored a 49.000 on vault and Ohio State scored a 48.975 on vault.
After three rotations, Michigan led the way with a score of 98.525, followed by Illinois' 98.375. Iowa was third with a score of 98.175, while Nebraska was fourth with a score of 98.125. Ohio State (97.950) and Penn State (97.900) rounded out the field.
NU moved to vault for the fourth rotation, and scored a solid 49.175. Houchin and Crouse led the way with scores of 9.875, as Crouse's score was a career high for the sophomore. Laeng added a 9.825, while Schweihofer and Lambert added scores of 9.80 for the Big Red.
Iowa scored a 49.150 on bars, while Penn State scored a 48.700 on floor and Ohio State scored a 48.600 on beam.
Nebraska was on its second bye for the fifth rotation.
Michigan scored a 49.425 on floor, while Iowa posted a 49.400 on beam. Illinois scored a 49.225 on bars and Penn State scored a 48.600 on vault as the Championships headed into the final rotation.
Nebraska closed the meet on bars and posted a score of 49.175. Laeng, the 2015 Big Ten bars co-champion, led the way with a score of 9.90, while Houchin posted a 9.85. Epperson added a 9.825, while Breen and Schweihofer scored a pair of 9.80s for the Huskers.
Michigan closed the meet with a 49.350 on vault to clinch the title, while Illinois scored a 49.275 on beam and Ohio State posted a 49.000 on floor.
The Huskers will host one of six NCAA Regionals at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday, April 1 at 4 p.m. The meet will be streamed live at Huskers.com. NCAA regional competition consists of 36 teams determined based on their regional qualifying score and seeded by the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee. Included in the field are also 24 all-around competitors and 48 individual event specialists that are not on a qualifying team. Each regional will consist of six teams, four all-around competitors (not on a qualifying team), and two individual specialists per event (not on a qualifying team). The selection show to determine each team’s regional site will be streamed live on NCAA.com on Monday at 3 p.m. (CT). The top two teams from each regional, along with a total of 12 all-around competitors and event specialists, will advance to the NCAA Championships on April 14-15.
- Sienna Crouse set a new career high with a 9.875 on vault
- Jennie Laeng tied a career high with a 39.400 in the all-around