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Gina Bruce
Position: All-Around
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
City/State: Champlin, Minn.
High School: Champlin
Club: Twin City Twisters
Club Coach: Mike Hunger

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As a senior: Gina Bruce became the sixth Husker in school history to score a perfect 10.0 on vault and the only Husker to score a perfect 10.0 on any apparatus during the 2004 season. She earned two event titles in her final season as a Husker, taking the vault crown against Ohio State (9.95) and Missouri (10.0).

A two-time All-American on vault, she took fourth on vault at the Big 12 Championships en route to being honored as an All-Big 12 selection.

As a junior: Bruce was one of eight Huskers who had a 10.0 start value on vault in 2003. She performed a front handspring on the board and front handspring, front pike off for her vault. With six scores of 9.700 or higher, Bruce excelled in the event.

Bruce began 2003 on vault in the Huskers’ third dual of the season against Iowa with a score of 9.100, but gradually improved with each meet. She scored a 9.700 on vault against Missouri, where she also competed on the floor exercise, scoring a 9.825. During the exhibition round against Oklahoma, Bruce scored a perfect 10 on vault. At Penn State and Michigan, March 1 and March 14, respectively, she scored a 9.800.

She competed on vault for the Huskers at the NCAAs, setting a career-high of 9.950 and earning first-team All-American honors for the second time in her career. Her stellar effort helped NU to advance to its fifth straight Super Six Finals. At the Super Six Finals, Bruce continued to vault well, scoring a 9.900 in the event, as the Huskers finished fourth overall. In the Event Finals, Bruce finished 10th.

As a sophomore: With Jess Wertz out of the lineup at the start of the season, Bruce found herself competing on three events for the Huskers. She filled in on bars in Nebraska’s first four meets, posting a season-high 9.775 at Iowa State on Jan. 18.

A first-team All-American on vault as a freshman, Bruce opened the 2002 season with a 9.85 at Georgia, which was good enough for a runner-up finish. She also reached that mark against Iowa State in March. At the Northeast Regional, Bruce’s season-best 9.875 on vault helped the Huskers to a season-high score and their third consecutive regional title. Against Missouri, Bruce added a half twist to her pike front, earning a 9.80. She competed on vault for the Huskers at NCAAs.

She led the Huskers on the vault in three of the first five meets and earned three runner-up finishes.

As a freshman: Although primarily a vaulter for the Huskers in 2001, Bruce stepped up when needed. In Nebraska’s first two meets she competed on three events while several Huskers battled injuries. In the home opener against Oregon State, Bruce recorded her first of three perfect scores on vault, receiving a 9.90 for a handspring front pike to capture her first title.

Bruce was pressed into action against Missouri in the all-around and answered the call, posting scores of 9.85 on floor and 9.80 on beam. She also received a 9.90 on vault, after upgrading to a 10.0 start value by adding a half twist to her handspring front pike. One of three freshmen to perform in the all-around in 2001, Bruce scored a career-high 39.325 at Missouri.

She again received a perfect score in the Huskers’ victory at the Arizona State Invitational, one of two Huskers to record perfect scores on vault that day. She scored a 9.90 on her handspring front pike, joining teammate Jess Wertz, who received a perfect 10.0. All told, Bruce hit 23 of 26 routines (88 percent) in 2001.

She capped off her freshman season by earning first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships with a 9.875 at the qualifier. At the event finals, Bruce finished eighth with a vault of 9.644.

Prior: A level 10 gymnast who competed for coaches Mike Hunger, Jeanne Strand and former Nebraska gymnast Angie Droegemueller at Twin City Twisters, Bruce qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals four straight years and was the 1998 J.O. National champion on vault and placed fifth and third, respectively, on the event in 1999 and 2000. She placed eighth in the all-around at the 1999 J.O. Nationals.

Personal: The daughter of Joe and Barb Bruce, Gina was born on Aug. 21, 1982, in Minneapolis, Minn. She has two younger sisters, Julie and Laura. Bruce is double majoring in marketing and management and carries a 3.72 GPA.

 

Bruce’s Career/Season Highs at Nebraska

Career Highs

   Vault: 10.0 (vs. Missouri, 1/31/04)

   Bars: 9.90 (vs. Iowa State, 3/24/04)

   Beam: 9.85 (vs. Oregon State, 1/14/01)

   Floor: 9.90 (vs. Iowa State, 3/24/04)

   All-Around: 39.325 (at Missouri, 1/28/01)

2004 Season Highs

   Vault: 10.0 (vs. Missouri, 1/31/04)

   Bars: 9.90 (vs. Iowa State, 3/24/04)

   Floor: 9.90 (vs. Iowa State, 3/24/04)

2003 Season Highs

   Vault: 9.95 (NCAA Preliminaries, 4/24/03)

   Floor: 9.825 (at Missouri, 1/24/03)

2002 Season Highs

   Vault: 9.875 (at NCAA Regional, 4/8/02)

   Beam: 9.775 (at Iowa State, 1/18/02)

   Floor: 9.25 (at Georgia, 1/6/02)

2001 Season Highs

   Vault: 9.90 (at Arizona State Invite, 3/16/01)

   Bars: 9.85 (vs. Oklahoma, 2/3/01)

   Beam: 9.85 (vs. Oregon State, 1/14/01)

   Floor: 9.85 (at Missouri, 1/28/01)

   All-Around: 39.325 (at Missouri, 1/28/01)

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