Houchin Tabbed Event Specialist of the Week
CHICAGO -- Nebraska women's gymnast Taylor Houchin has been named Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week for the week of March 6, as announced by the conference on Tuesday, following her stellar performances at two meets last weekend.
Houchin posted four top-five finishes on vault and bars over two meets last weekend, at Elevate the Stage 2018 in Augusta, Ga. on Friday, March 2, and at the 28th Annual Masters Classic on Sunday, March 4 in Lincoln, Neb. Houchin started the weekend with a score of 9.875 in her season-debut on vault at Elevate to tie for second on the podium. She continued on to uneven bars at Elevate where she tied for second on the podium with a score of 9.90.
At the Masters Classic in Lincoln, in just her second vault of the 2018 season, Houchin posted a near-perfect and career-high score of 9.975, receiving a perect 10 score from one judge, on vault to win the event title. She rounded out the weekend with a 9.875 to tie for fifth in the loaded field.
The weekly award is Houchin's first of the season, first event specialist of the week honor, and fifth Big Ten weekly honor overall. The award is Nebraska's seventh this season, who is in the Big Ten driver's seat with a perfect 5-0 conference record.
Briannah Tsang from Penn State was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week while Nicole Biondi of Illinois and Lauren Bridgens of Penn State were named Big Ten Co-Freshmen of the Week.
This week, Nebraska will face No. 5 Florida in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday, March 9 at 5:45 p.m. After meeting Florida, the Huskers will continue the fight for the Big Ten Championship, as they travel to Michigan State for the B1G Five Meet on Saturday, March 17 and then to Illinois for the Big Ten Championships on March 24.