Huskers Vault Past Wolverines
Lincoln, Neb. -- The University of Nebraska women’s gymnastics team delivered Michigan’s first loss on the season 196.875 – 196.525 in a clash of the champions, as the two teams shared the 2017 Big Ten Regular Season title, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday in front of over 2,000 fans.
The Huskers bested or tied the Wolverines in each rotation. Nebraska last beat Michigan on Jan. 29, 2016 196.775 – 196.55.
Sienna Crouse posted one of the highest vault scores in the country and highest in the Big Ten with a career-high 9.975 to win the vault title, and set up the Huskers to slip away with a team score of 49.275, to Michigan’s team score of 49.175 on bars. Crouse’s 9.975 is the highest vault score for the Huskers since Hollie Blanske scores a 9.975 at the Big Ten Championships in 2016. Abbie Epperson tied her season-high with a 9.875 to finish second on vault en route to her all-around event title. Megan Schweihofer posted a 9.85 on vault while Grace Williams hit a 9.80. Makayla Curtis scored a 9.775 in her career debut while fellow freshman Karley Hutchinson scored a 9.675.
On bars, Michigan’s Paige Zaziski finished in second with a score of 9.875.
Nebraska rotated to bars where Epperson hit a season-high 9.90 to win the event. Sophomore Taylor Houchin finished tied in second place with a 9.875. Michigan claimed spots four through seven on the event, while Torri Hutchinson (9.80), Catelyn Orel (9.75), Kynsee Roby (9.75) and Schweihofer (9.625) rounded out the bars event for the Huskers.
Nebraska continued to edge away from Michigan with a team score season-high of 49.275, while Michigan posted just a 48.875 on vault. The Wolverines ‘ Paige Zaziski finished in third place with a 9.85.
On beam, Nebraska’s Schweihofer won the event title with a season-high 9.90. Williams hit a 9.875 to earn second. Six competitors tied for third on beam, including Huskers Danielle Breen, Sierra Hassel and Kynsee Roby (9.85).Epperson rounded out the Husker beam squad with a 9.825.
Michigan made up ground on floor with a team score of 49.325 while Nebraska held on to tie with a 49.325 before moving into the fourth rotation. Michigan’s Emma McLean hit a near-perfect 9.95 on floor to win the event, while Olivia Karas tied with Orel for second with a score of 9.875.
Nebraska held their ground in the fourth and final rotation to outlast Michigan. Orel tied Michigan’s Karas with a score of 9.875, while Crouse tied for fourth with a 9.85 score. Schweihofer (9.825), Hassel (9.80), and Williams (9.65) rounded out the Nebraska floor squad.
Michigan ended the day on beam with, with Zaziski, Brianna Brown, and Lauren Marinez tying for third with a 9.85. Michigan posted a team beam score 49.150 while the Huskers hit a team floor score of 49.200 to survive the encounter with the formerly undefeated Wolverines.
In the all-around, Epperson posted a career-high score of 39.450. Megan Schweihofer hit a 39.300 to finish fourth in the all-around.
Up next, Nebraska will finish out their three-meet homestand against their fourth-consecutive Big Ten opponent, Minnesota, on Feb. 3 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at 7 p.m.
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