Huskers Handle Huskies at Tumble N' Rumble
Lincoln, Neb. -- The No. 8 Nebraska women's gymnastics (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) team defeated Washington (0-1, 0-0 PAC-12) 195.550 - 195.250 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday night in front of a record setting crowd of 4,699 to capture Heather Brink's first win as a head coach and of the season.
Through the first two rotations, it was neck and neck tied at 97.650 before the Huskers began to pull away after season-high team score of 49.025 on beam in the third rotation and a solid team score of 48.875 on floor to seal the meet. Nebraska swept all event titles for the first time since last season when the Huskers defeated Pittsburgh 196.425 – 193.600. Senior Sienna Crouse took home the vault event title with a score of 9.85, Junior Taylor Houchin won the uneven bars event title for the second week in a row with a score of 9.90, Junior Sierra Hassel hit a career-high score of 9.90 on balance beam earning the title, Houchin won her second event title of the night winning the floor exercise title with a score of 9.875.
The Huskers began the meet on vault and scored 48.825. Besides Crouse's 9.85, Freshman Adnerys De Jesus hit with a powerful vault and earned a score of 9.80 and would tie for second. Freshman Kaylee Quinn and Sophomore Megan Verceles Carr both delivered solid vaults for a score of 9.75. Freshman Abby Johnston made her collegiate debut on vault and hit with a score of 9.675. Houchin posted a score of 9.325 due to a fall.
On bars, Washington's Madison Copiak would post their highest bars score of 9.875. Four Huskies scored 9.75 and 9.725 with Maya Washington rounding out the rotation with a score of 9.10 due to a fall. Washington would combine for a team-score of 48.825 tied up after the first rotation.
On bars, Houchin delivered another stellar routine earning herself a 9.90. Crouse was not far behind her as she hit with a score of 9.875 and finished second. Verceles Carr performed a solid routine that scored 9.825. De Jesus stayed consistent and scored 9.70 and Johnston competed for the first time on bars in collegiate competition for a score of 9.525. Sarah Hargrove rounded out the Huskers with a score of 8.825 due to a fall.
On vault, Washington had two gymnasts post scores of 9.775 in Evanni Roberson and Monica Riley. Geneva Thompson would land the highest vault score for the Huskies with a 9.80. Amara Cunningham and Copiak would hit for 9.750 and 9.725 respectively. Brenna Brooks finished up the rotation with a score of 9.675. The Huskies and Huskers stayed tied up at the half way point at 97.650.
After two rotations, NU looked to pull away from Washington and they did on beam. Hassel performed a stunning routine with a score of 9.90. Senior Megan Schweihofer delivered a solid 9.825 in her only event of the day. Houchin continued her hot start with a score of 9.80, while Crouse and Makayla Curtis both hit for scores of 9.775 and 9.725 respectively. Verceles Carr rounded out the Huskers with a score of 9.65.
On floor, Washington anchor Kristyn Hoffa posted a score of 9.85. Two Huskies would hit with scores of 9.80, Cunningham scored 9.725, Monica Riley scored 9.60 and Thompson scored 9.575. UW kept it close but the Huskers began to widen the gap as the NU posted a team score of 49.025 on beam and Washington a score of 48.775. Huskers led the Huskies 146.675-146.425 going into the last rotation.
Nebraska began the final rotation on floor with Houchin leading the way with a score of 9.875 and the floor exercise event title. Hargrove had her collegiate debut on floor with a score of 9.75. De Jesus hit for a score 9.725, and Crouse a score of 9.70. Johnston finished up the Huskers with a score of 9.55.
On beam, Washington tried to close the gap but was unsuccessful. Washington was strong for the Huskies posting a score of 9.825. Roberson would hit for a score of 9.80 and two Huskies would go for 9.75. Riley and Brooks would post scores of 9.70 and 9.60 respectively to round out the Huskies. Washington combined for a team-score of 48.825 but it was not enough as the Huskers finished the night with a team-score of 48.75 and the victory.
In the all-around, both teams had two gymnasts compete. For Nebraska, Crouse and Houchin would finish with scores of 39.200 and 38.900 respectively. For Washington, Riley and Roberson would end with scores of 38.825 and 39.100 respectively.
NU will hit the road for their first Big Ten competition of the season at Rutgers on Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. CT before returning home to the Devaney Center for another Big Ten matchup against Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are on sale at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED.
|Adnerys De Jesus||9.80||9.70||9.725|
|Megan Verceles Carr||9.75||9.825||9.65|