Huskers Take One Last Go in Chicago
Chicago, Ill. – The No. 7 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team aims to wrap-up an outstanding season this weekend at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Chicago, Ill. The Huskers hope to advance to the team finals for the second year in a row.
The Championships will be held April 20-21 at the UIC Pavilion. Out of the two qualifying sessions on Friday, Nebraska will compete in the first session at 1 p.m. NU will compete alongside No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 Navy and No. 11 Air Force. The second session, which begins at 6 p.m. will showcase No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Iowa and No. 12 California.
The finals will take place on Saturday night at 6 p.m. The top-three teams and the top-three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top-three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor will advance to the finals from each of the two qualifying sessions.
There will be live stats available on Huskers.com on the schedule page, as well as a live stream on NCAA.com. For more information, including tickets and event information, please visit http://uicflames.com/sports/2018/2/2/2018-ncaa-mgym-championship.aspx.
Scouting the Competition
The Huskers must finish in the top three in order to advance to finals. Nebraska has seen four of the five teams in their session already this season. NU fell to Stanford in February 410.500-403.800. Nebraska is 0-2 against Minnesota this season, falling to the Gophers once at home and at the Big Ten Championships. Michigan also topped Nebraska at the Big Ten Championships, finishing in second place. The Huskers beat Air Force in the first meet of the season at the Rocky Mountain Open and have not faced Navy yet.
NCAA Championship History
Nebraska made history in 2017 by qualifying for finals for the first time since 1999. The Huskers scored 413.050 to finish third in their session behind Stanford (420.450) and Ohio State (414.650). NU came ahead of Penn State (410.500), Michigan (406.950) and Air Force (403.800).
Penn State owns the most team titles with 12, followed by Oklahoma who has 11. Nebraska ranks fourth with eight all-time team titles. Illinois has the most individual titles with 59, followed by Penn State (54). Nebraska and Oklahoma are tied for third with 42 all-time individual titles.
Last Time Out
NU finished fifth at the 2017 Big Ten Championships. At individual finals, the Huskers earned seven medals, the most out of any team. Anton Stephenson claimed the vault title for the second year in a row with 14.95 and also claimed a share of the parallel bars title with Minnesota’s Tristan Duran. Jake Bonnay grabbed the silver medal on floor and vault, while Kyle King earned bronze on vault. Daniel Leal also earned the bronze medal on parallel bars.
Huskers in the Rankings
The Huskers are ranked seventh with a national qualifying average (NQA) of 407.175 and a high score of 416.050. The team is ranked first in
the nation on floor, pommel horse and vault.
Jake Bonnay, Antonio Castro, Kyle King and Anton Stephenson are the only Huskers in the top 10 individually. Bonnay holds the fifth place spot on