Photo by Adam Warner/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Perform Well at Intrasquad

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team debuted 14 gymnasts on all four events during its annual intrasquad meet in front of an estimated 300 fans on Friday night at Mabel Lee Hall.

The Cornhuskers competed in Olympic order, split into two squads and alternated performances. Squad One was made up of senior Grace Williams, junior Megan Schweihofer, and freshmen Karley Hutchinson, Anika Dujakovich, Megan Verceles Carr, Rachel Thompson, and Kynsee Roby. Squad Two included senior Abbie Epperson, junior Sienna Crouse, redshirt sophomores Kelli Chung and Catelyn Orel, sophomore Sierra Hassel, and freshmen Makayla Curtis and Torri Hutchinson.

Following the hour-and-a-half exhibition, the gymnasts signed autographs for fans in attendance. No official individual or team scores were given. 

“I am proud of this group and the effort they gave tonight. It was great start, we came out healthy, it was a great learning experience not only for our freshman but also our upperclassmen,” Head Coach Dan Kendig said. “Getting together as a team and competing, I was pleased and proud with how well it went. Sure we made mistakes, but we learn from them and that’s what this is all about.” 

The Huskers welcome back All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American Danielle Breen, All-American Sienna Crouse, as well as Big Ten Freshman of the Year Taylor Houchin. The Huskers are led by a strong senior class comprised of Breen on beam, outstanding performer on bars and beam Grace Williams, and bars leader Abbie Epperson.

Junior Sienna Crouse returns for the Huskers after earning first team All-American honors on vault in 2017, second team All-Big Ten honors, as well as All-Big Ten Championship team honors. Also in the junior class, Megan Schweihofer returns after being named second team All-Big Ten in 2017.  

Four sophomores return for Nebraska, including Houchin, who also earned first team All-Big Ten honors and All-Big Ten Championship team honors. She is joined by redshirt sophomore Catelyn Orel, who returns to action for the Huskers after redshirting the 2017 season due to an Achilles injury. Sierra Hassel returns after providing clutch performances on beam for the Huskers down the stretch in 2017, as well as Academic All-Big Ten honoree Kelli Chung, who added depth in 2017. 

Nebraska welcomes seven promising freshmen to Lincoln, Torri Hutchinson and Karley Hutchinson from Pearland, Texas; Makayla Curtis from Savannah, Ga.; Anika Dujakovich from Lenexa, Kan.; Kynsee Roby from Windsor Heights, Iowa; Rachel Thompson from Lincoln, Neb.; and Megan Verceles Carr from Los Gatos, Calif. The talented freshman class will look to provide depth for the Huskers and help them back to the NCAA championships in their first season at Nebraska. The Huskers graduated All-American Ashley Lambert and All-Big Ten performer Jennie Laeng. 

The 2018 schedule is highlighted by five home meets, including the annual Masters Classic. Nebraska will first compete at home on Jan. 20 against Rutgers in the Devaney C

enter at 7 p.m. (CT). The Huskers will also host Michigan (Jan. 27), Minnesota (Feb. 3), Pittsburgh (Feb. 24), and Iowa State, Kent State and UCLA at the Masters Classic (March 4). NU’s road schedule features meets with defending NCAA champion Oklahoma, and NCAA Super Six qualifier Florida. 

The 2018 season opens on the road on Jan. 13, 2018 against Penn State.

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