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Breen to Receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb. -- Nebraska gymnast Danielle Breen was selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, announced by the NCAA on Tuesday. This marks the second consecutive year that the Nebraska women’s gymnastics program has produced an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, after Jennie Laeng earned one in 2016-17. Breen is the fifth women’s gymnast in Husker history to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and all have been under current head coach Dan Kendig. Other honorees include, Emily Wong (2013-14), Richelle Simpson (2004-05) and Nicole Duval (1994-95).

An All-American on balance beam and a CoSIDA Academic All-American, Breen was a star in and out of the gym for Nebraska. Breen was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She also is a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each semester she’s been at Nebraska. At the 2018 NCAA Championships, Breen earned the Elite 90 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA competing at the highest level of competition in their respective sport. She became the first Husker women’s gymnast to win the award.

Breen was also named Nebraska’s Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year in 2018, which is presented to the student-athlete with an outstanding contribution to their athletic team and an elite performance not only in the gym, but in the classroom. Breen caries a cumulative 4.00 GPA. In 2018, Breen was also awarded the Nebraska Outstanding Scholar Award, the Big Ten Medal of Honor and the Nebraska Heart & Soul Award, for her dedication in the classroom and in the community.

As a senior, Breen was a consistent contributor on beam for the Huskers through the regular season. Breen had built up her solid beam performance to a 9.925 season-high, which she posted in Nebraska's final dual meet against Florida on March 9. She posted a season-high on bars of 9.80, at the National Semifinals. Breen also helped the Huskers to a sixth-place national finish where she posted 9.7875 on bars and 9.8375 on beam.

An accounting major, Breen is set to graduate in December.

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