Huskers Advance to NCAA Finals
Chicago – The Nebraska men’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA finals for the second year in a row after a third-place finish (402. 690) at the NCAA Qualifiers on Friday afternoon. It's the first time since 1995 that the Huskers have advanced to the team finals for two consecutive years. Nebraska finished behind Stanford (407.390) and Minnesota (404. 758) in the first of two qualifying sessions. Michigan (400.590), Navy (390.921) and Air Force (385.688) also competed in the session, but will not advance to the team finals. Session two is set for tonight at 6 p.m. and will feature Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa
NU started off strong on rings, posting 65.598. Seniors Chris Stephenson and Alex Magsam paved the way, scoring 13.766 each. Josh Martin pitched in 13.20, while Heath Anderson followed with 12.866. Austin Lober finished out the scoring with 12.00.
On vault, Nebraska scored 70.964. Anton Stephenson came out on top with 14.766. Magsam followed closely with 14.366. Zach Peters notched 14.233 and Connor Adamsick scored 14.033. Kyle King added 13.566 to the team score.
The Huskers moved to parallel bars, notching 67.932. Chris Stephenson again led the way for the Big Red, scoring 13.966. Griffin Kehler and Anton Stephenson each earned 13.60, while Andrew Zymball followed with 13.40. Daniel Leal closed out the scoring with 13.366.
Nebraska posted 65.032 on high bar, with Jake Bonnay leading the way (13.66). Kehler finished with 13.30, while Antonio Castro added 13.233. Anton Stephenson and King scored 13.20 and 11.633, respectively.
The Huskers closed out the competition on pommel horse with 65.132. Josh Martin paved the way with 13.40. Castro and Travis Gollott finished with 13.366, while King notched 13.30. Anton Stephenson added 12.70 to the score.