Huskers Finish Sixth in the Nation at Super Six
ST. LOUIS --Nebraska women’s gymnastics finished sixth in the nation at the Super Six Finals on Saturday night in St. Louis, Mo., with a final team score of 196.800.
Nebraska’s Sienna Crouse posted the highest vault score by any individual competitor with a 9.9625, sticking her routine and rounding out her decorated 2018 season, serving as Nebraska’s shining star at Super Six.
UCLA won the National Championship, as Peng-Peng Lee singlehandedly stole the national championship from Oklahoma, scoring her second perfect 10 of the night on bars, helping the Bruins to a 198.075 team score, narrowly defeating Oklahoma which scored 198.0375. Lee scored her first perfect 10 of the night on bars. Florida finished third at Super Six, scoring 197.850 with LSU close behind in fourth with 197.8375. Utah finished fifth with 196.900 and Nebraska posted its best national finish since 2014, finishing sixth with a score of 196.800.
Nebraska began the meet on bars, and the Huskers knew that setting the stage with a big bars performance was crucial for today’s success. Nebraska hit a good start with Danielle Breen scoring 9.7875 and Kynsee Roby sticking her dismount to score 9.8125. Megan Schweihofer scored a 9.8625 to lead the Huskers on bars before Abbie Epperson scored 9.775. Nebraska faced adversity on undershot giants and skidding on the mats when Houchin and Crouse finished the meet with 9.50 and 9.5875, respectively. Nebraska finished bars with a final team score of 48.825, counting three scores under 9.80.
UCLA and LSU began the meet on byes. Utah started on floor and scored 49.1875 in the event behind a 9.925 effort from MyKayla Skinner. Oklahoma began on beam and despite suffering a fall, scored 49.425 to take the lead after one rotation, with two gymnasts scoring over 9.90. Florida was right behind, scoring 49.4125 on vault after three gymnasts scored over 9.90.
Nebraska rotated to beam, where Roby continued her solid performance of the day, scoring 9.85 to help the Huskers. Adversity struck again for Nebraska when Epperson suffered a fall on beam and scored 9.0875. Schweihofer maintained her cool and followed Epperson with a hit routine to score 9.825. Houchin was next in the lineup and immediately used the opportunity to come back from her missed bars routine. Houchin stuck to her skills and stuck her dismount to score an impressive 9.875. Danielle Breen stepped into her final beam routine of her Husker career, hitting a beautiful routine and sticking the dismount to end her career with a score of 9.375. Senior Grace Williams, known for her beautiful and bold beam routines also closed her Husker beam career with Nebraska’s highest beam score of the day, 9.8875. Nebraska finished the event with a respectable team score of 49.275 and headed into a bye.
Through two rotations, Utah led all competitors with 98.2625 after scoring 49.075 on vault and Nebraska sat in second with 98.100. LSU began with a huge bars rotation, scoring 49.475 and sat in third, while UCLA showed up on floor scoring 49.4625. Oklahoma had a bye and maintained 49.4625 while Florida also had a bye and maintained 49.4125.
Nebraska had a bye and maintained a team score of 98.100, sitting in sixth place.
Oklahoma took the lead with a running score of 99.0125, scoring a huge 49.5875 on floor. Florida sat in second place with 98.950, scoring 49.5375 on bars. LSU was close behind in third with 98.8625 after carding 49.3875 on beam. UCLA sat in fourth with 98.6875, scoring 49.225 on vault. Utah had a bye and dropped to fifth with its 98.2625.
Nebraska headed on to floor, following Oklahoma which carded the highest floor score of the day, a 49.5875. With the 2017 national champions ahead of them, Nebraska had to impress judges after the toughest act to follow in the event. Epperson started Nebraska with a solid 9.8375, while Roby had a career-high 9.8625, on track for one of her best performances of the year. Catelyn Orel brought the Husker energy to score a respectable 9.8375 before Williams carded 9.875 to maintain the momentum. Crouse exploded on floor to help the Huskers with their first 9.90 of the day before Schweihofer closed floor with a 9.925, the highest score for the Huskers on any apparatus through four rotations. Nebraska hit a team score of 49.400, its best on the day, to help the Huskers to a running score of 147.500.
Through four rotations, Oklahoma led with a running score of 148.500 after scoring 49.4875 on vault, while Florida chased the Sooners with a team score of 148.2875. Florida’s Alex McMurtry suffered a fall on beam but the Gators were still able to hit a 49.3375 in the event. Utah sat in third with 147.550, scoring 49.2875 on bars. Nebraska sat in fourth while LSU and UCLA each had byes and maintained their running scores of 98.8625 and 98.6875, respectively.
Nebraska closed the Super Six Finals on vault, arguably the Huskers’ best event of 2018, largely due to the introduction of assistant coach Chris Brooks in 2018. Nebraska finished the 2018 season strong and secured a sixth-place finish in the country at Super Six. Roby kicked off the vault lineup, taking one step on the landing to score 9.5875. Roby had a great day at Super Six, posting a career-high on beam and bringing energy to the team as a true freshman. Williams closed her Husker career on vault, scoring 9.7125. Epperson also closed her Husker career on vault, scoring 9.825. Epperson and Williams finished their Husker careers strong at their only Super Six appearance of their careers. Schweihofer continued the momentum set by Epperson and raised the bar, scoring 9.9125 in the explosive event. Schweihofer tied her career high on the day in the all-around, scoring 39.525 after hitting two events over 9.90. But it was Crouse who had the bright spot on the weekend for the Huskers, sticking her Yurchenko one-and-a-half stone-cold to score the highest of any Husker on the weekend, and the highest on vault across all Super Six competitors with a 9.9675. Houchin closed the meet, scoring an impressive 9.8875 in her event. Nebraska ended the meet with a team score on vault of 49.300, and a final team score of 196.800.
Nebraska and Utah fought for fifth place, and it came down to the last routines where Utah’s MyKayla Skinner scored a 9.925 to defeat Nebraska by one-tenth, with a final team score of 196.900.
Oklahoma led the four remaining teams with a running score of 148.500 after a bye. LSU had a running score of 148.375 after scoring 49.1875 on floor. UCLA posted a huge score f 49.6375 on bars, with Peng-Peng Lee scoring a perfect 10 in the event. Florida rounded out the group with 148.2875 after a bye.
Nebraska had a bye on the sixth rotation and took their final score of 196.800 to finish in sixth place at the Super Six Finals.
The national championship came down to the last routines of the last rotations, as Peng-Peng Lee of UCLA battled for the Bruins and scored a perfect 10 on beam, after her perfect 10 on bars and won the national championship for UCLA. UCLA scored 49.750 on beam to finish with a score of 198.0750, while Oklahoma scored 49.5375 on bars to finish with a score of 198.0375. Florida finished third with a final score of 197.850, finishing with a 49.5625 on floor. LSU ended on vault with a team score of 49.4625 and a final team score of 197.8375. Utah and Nebraska rounded out the Super Six Finals with scores of 196.900 and 196.800, respectively.
Huskers Celebrate 2018 Season
Nebraska closes the 2018 season with its best finish since 2014, when it also finished sixth. The Cornhuskers made their 12thappearance at Super Six in the final year of Super Six competition. Nebraska ended the 2018 season with a record of 28-10, (6-3, Big Ten), and scored their highest team score in five years with a 197.525 at the Raleigh Regional. Nebraska saw four Huskers earn All-America status eight times, the most since 2012 when NU also had eight. This is the first time since 2015 that Nebraska had multiple first team All-Americans, as Houchin earned first-team All-America honors on vault alongside Crouse, who earned first team All-American on floor. Houchin also earned second team All-America status on beam, while Crouse also earned second team honors on vault. Williams earned second team All-America status on floor and on beam, while Schweihofer earned second team All-America status on floor and in the all-around.
The 2018 season saw Nebraska’s best national finish since 2014 and was important for the Nebraska women’s gymnastics program and the gymnasts who are on their way to building a legacy of being unstoppable in their craft.