Huskers Rush Past Rutgers
Lincoln, Neb.-- In front of a regular-season century-high 4,443 fans, No. 12 Nebraska women’s gymnastics rushed past Rutgers with a season-high 196.300, to the Scarlet Knights’ 192.975 on Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Sienna Crouse set a career-high on floor and captured two event titles in floor and vault. Megan Schweihofer and Abbie Epperson each claimed a share of the all-around title, while Taylor Houchin set a career-high to hold the day's bars title.
All-American vaulter Sienna Crouse impressed over 4,000 strong Husker fans when she picked up the vault title with a 9.825 to start the first rotation. The Huskers claimed the top five spots on vault and Crouse was followed by Megan Schweihofer (9.80), Abbie Epperson (9.775), Anika Dujakovich (9.725), and Grace Williams rounding out the group with a 9.70. Notably, Karley Hutchinson scored a 9.675 in just her second career performance.
On bars, Rutgers was led by senior Libby Groden who recorded a 9.775, good enough for fifth in the event. Through one rotation, Rutgers trailed Nebraska 48.825-48.350.
Sophomore Taylor Houchin scored a career-high 9.90 in her lone event of the day, bars. Nebraska swept the top four places in the event, with Epperson following with a 9.85. Schweihofer recorded a 9.80, while Catelyn Orel recorded a 9.80 in her lone performance. Freshman Torri Hutchinson made her career debut on bars with a 9.750 and fellow freshman Kynsee Roby aided the Huskers with a 9.725. The Huskers recorded a team score of 49.100
On vault, Rutgers competed with just five competitors, and Sophia Atienza led the way for the Scarlet Knights with a 9.70. through two rotations, Nebraska slipped away with a 97.925 while Rutgers reached just 95.950.
Four Huskers and one Scarlet Knight shared the beam title, with Epperson, Schweihofer, Hassel, Williams and Rutgers’ Belle Huang each scoring a 9.825. Freshman Roby added a 9.80 and Danielle Breen rounded out the group with a 9.675.
The Huskers scored a 49.100 on beam to further the advantage to 147.025-144.650. On floor, On floor, Rutgers’ Makenzey Shank paved the way for the Scarlet Knights with a fourth-place-tying mark of 9.825.
The Big Red support proved unparalleled when Sienna Crouse recorded a career-high 9.90 on floor and won her second event title of the day, leading the Huskers to a final team score of 196.300 and a floor score of 49.275. Williams performed a stunning 9.875 for second on floor, while Schweihofer thrilled with a 9.850. Epperson and sophomore Sierra Hassel tied for fourth with a 9.825 each. Dujakovich recorded a season-high 9.750.
Rutgers rounded out the day on beam, where Huang shared an event-title with four Huskers with a 9.825. Kaitlyn Hall chipped in a 9.70 for the Scarlet Knights and Rutgers hit a team score of 48.70.
Schweihofer and Epperson tied for first in the all-around, each recording a 39.275. Rutgers’ Groden finished in third in the all-around with a mark of 38.825.
Nebraska remains home for the next two weeks, and will face bitter Big Ten foe Michigan in a dual on Jan. 27 at the Devaney Center at 2 p.m. The Huskers and the Wolverines shared the 2017 Big Ten Regular Season title. Live scoring and a live stream with a paid subscription will be available. Tickets are available at Huskers.com.