Huskers Fall to Gators in Final Dual
LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 13 Nebraska women's gymnastics fell to No. 5 Florida 197.925 - 196.700 in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday night in its final dual of the season.
The Huskers slip to 11-3 on the season (5-0 Big Ten) while the Gators improve to 8-2 overall (5-2 SEC).
Despite posting competitive team scores on vault, bars and floor, the Huskers posted their second-lowest beam score of the season, while Florida posted team scores above 49.325 on every event.
On bars, the Huskers got out to a great start on bars, counting five scores over 9.825 and two scores over 9.90. Abbie Epperson, Megan Schweihofer and Kynsee Roby each posted scores of 9.825, respectively. Catelyn Orel posted a 9.750. Taylor Houchin posted a 9.90 in the event and Sienna Crouse posted a 9.925 to tie her career high.
The Huskers posted a team score of 49.300, while Florida hit a 49.325 to inch ahead on vault. Alex McMurtry led Florida on vault with a 9.95. McMurtry won a share of the vault title and every other event title on the night, marching the Gators into the overall team victory.
Nebraska rotated to vault, where freshman Anika Dujakovich posted a 9.75 and Grace Williams scored a 9.70. Epperson, Schweihofer and Houchin each hit a 9.85, respectively. The Huskers were led by Crouse who posted a 9.95 to share the vault event title with Florida's McMurtry.
As a team, Nebraska scored a 49.250, while Florida ran on bars with a team score of 49.575. McMurtry led the Gators with a 9.975 on bars.
On floor, freshman Roby scored a 9.775 while Sierra Hassel posted a 9.225. Epperson and Orel posted a 9.825 each, before Schweihofer and Crouse each posted a 9.90.
As a team, Nebraska scored 49.225, while Florida scored a 49.575 on beam. McMurtry led the Gators with a 9.975 in the event.
Nebraska closed the meet on beam where it slipped behind Florida. Schweihofer posted a 9.10 in the event, and Crouse posted a 9.35. Houchin and Williams helped the Huskers with a 9.875 each, while freshman Roby had a career-high and standout performance with a 9.90 in the event. Breen led the Huskers overall with a second-place 9.925, a season-high for the senior beam performer.
The Gators closed the meet on floor where they scored a 49.450. McMurtry helped the Gatord with a 9.925 on floor. Nebraska closed the meet on beam with a team score of 48.925.
In the all-around, McMurtry won the event with a 39.825. Huskers Crouse and Schweihofer ended with a 39.125 and 38.675, respectively.
Up next, Nebraska will compete for a Big Ten Championship at the B1G Five Meet in East Lansing, Mich. on Saturday March 17 at 1 p.m. CT. The meet will be available to watch on BTN and BTN2Go.