Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Win Elevate the Stage 2018 in Augusta

By NU Athletic Communications

AUGUSTA, Ga. – No. 16 Nebraska women’s gymnastics won the Elevate the Stage 2018 team title on Friday night at James Brown Arena with a 196.700 team score by defeating Stanford (195.925),Big Ten foe Illinois (195.900), and No. 17 Georgia (195.825).  

Rotation One

The Huskers opened the quad meet on beam and were led by Megan Schweihofer and Grace Williams, who each earned a 9.875. All-American beam performer Danielle Breen posted a 9.85, while Kynsee Roby, Sienna Crouse and Sierra Hassel each posted a 9.825, respectively.

As a team, the Huskers led the field with a 49.250, ahead of Stanford with a 48.900 on bars, Illinois with a 48.950 on floor and Georgia who posted a 48.200 on vault.

Rotation Two

The Huskers rotated to floor where they were led by Crouse with a 9.85. Hassel and Williams posted scores of 9.825, respectively, while Abbie Epperson and Roby each posted a 9.75. Schweihofer rounded out the group with a 9.675. 

The Huskers maintained the lead with a team score of 98.250 through two rotations. Stanford was close behind with a 98.050, while Illinois and Georgia followed with a 97.500 and 97.400, respectively.

Rotation Three

On vault, Nebraska began to inch ahead as Schweihofer and Houchin helped the Huskers with a 9.875 each to tie for second in the event. Crouse hit a 9.850, while Epperson hit a 9.825. Freshman Megan Verceles Carr hit a 9.725 while fellow freshman Kynsee Roby hit a 9.625.

As a team, Nebraska pulled ahead with a 147.400, ahead of Stanford (146.800), Illinois (146.675) and Georgia (146.600).

Rotation Four

The Huskers closed the meet on bars, where the Huskers posted their best bars team score of the season at 49.300. Nebraska was led by Houchin who tied for second with a career-high-matching 9.90, with all the Huskers scored over 9.80. Crouse posted a 9.875, while Epperson and Roby hit a 9.85. Schweihofer hit a 9.825 and Catelyn Orel closed out the group with a 9.80.

Nebraska’s impressive bar performance pushed the Huskers to a team score of 196.700, its’ best score away from home on the season.

In the all-around, Crouse led the Huskers with a 39.400 to finish on the podium in third. Schweihofer finished in fifth with an all-around score of 39.250. In her all-around debut, freshman Kynsee Roby posted an all-around score of 39.050 to tie for seventh.

The Huskers will return home Saturday and host the 28th Annual Masters Classic on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Nebraska will host No. 2 UCLA, No. 23 Iowa State, and Kent State.  The Masters Classic will serve as Senior Day for Nebraska’s three seniors, Grace Williams, Danielle Breen and Abbie Epperson. The first 750 fans will receive Be Unstoppable t-shirts to commemorate the 2018 season.

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