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Huskers Host Washington in First Home Meet of the Season

By NU Athletic Communications
No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Washington Huskies (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Saturday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. CT -- Lincoln, Neb. (Bob Devaney Sports Center)
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Giveaway: 1,000 knit beanies
Huskers Host Washington in First Home Meet of the Season
Lincoln, Neb. -- The No. 8 Nebraska women's gymnastics team (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten), will host the Washington Huskies on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The event will be a part of the Tumble N' Rumble promotion with the Nebraska wrestling team as they take on Northern Iowa at the same time. 
NU is coming off a loss to defending National Champion UCLA 195.700-197.250. The Huskers kept it close for three rotations before UCLA pulled away after three Bruins posted scores of 9.95 on floor exercise. Junior Taylor Houchin won the uneven bars event title with a score of 9.925. Senior Sienna Crouse competed in the all-around and did not score below a 9.80 on all events.
The Huskers are currently sitting at No. 8 in the Road to Nationals poll, as well as No. 17 on vault, No. 11 on uneven bars, No. 10 on balance beam and No. 16 on floor exercise. 
Washington did not compete last week and therefore are not ranked. Last season, the Huskies finished 11th in the NCAA Nationals semi-finals. The Huskies finished seventh in the nation on balance beam and ninth on floor exercise. They return eight gymnast, including three of their four highest average scorers, Monica Riley, Evanni Robersn and Madison Copiak. Their highest team score last season came against UC Davis and Seattle Pacific where they posted a score of 197.400.

Up next, the Huskers begin Big Ten competition with a road trip to Rutgers on Jan. 19 at Noon C.T. before returning home for another Big Ten meet against Illinois on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Fans are encouraged to come early as the first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive a free knit Tumble N' Rumble beanie. Season tickets are still available. General admission season tickets are $26 for adult general admission, and $14 dollars for youth and senior general admission. Single event tickets are $5 for adult general admission, and $3 for youth and senior general admission. Children six and under may attend the meet for free, as well as NU students with N-card. Tickets include access to both men's and women's gymnastics meets.
Fans can follow the Huskers on Twitter at @HuskersWGym, Instagram at @HuskersWGymnastic and Facebook at facebook.com/NebraskaWGym
SCOUTING WASHINGTON
Last season, Washington finished 11th in the NCAA Nationals semi-finals. The Huskies finished seventh in the nation on balance beam and ninth on floor exercise. They return eight gymnast, including three of their four highest average scorers, Monica Riley, Evanni Robersn and Madison Copiak. Their highest team score last season came against UC Davis and Seattle Pacific where they posted a score of 197.400.
SERIES HISTORY
The Huskers lead the all-time series against the Huskies 14-5 including post season play. The last regular season meeting came in 2012 at the Masters Classic where the Huskers defeated Washington 196.550-194.150. The last meeting between the two teams came in the post season of 2015 at the NCAA Ames Regional where the Huskers defeated the Huskies 196.950-193.675.
LAST TIME OUT
The Huskers traveled to Los Angeles, Calif. to take on defending National Champions UCLA. The No. 1 Bruins defeated Nebraska 197.250-195.700. Junior Taylor Houchin took home the uneven bars event title with a score of 9.925. Four Husker freshmen made their collegiate debut against the Bruins.
UP NEXT
The Huskers will hit the road and begin Big Ten competition with a road meet against Rutgers on Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. CT. Afterwards, NU will return home for another conference meet against Illinois on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
BEAM SQUAD RANKED NO. 10 IN THE NATION
Although the Huskers posted their best team score of the meet on uneven bars, on balance beam the Huskers have hopped into the top 10 after posting a team score of 48.975. Juniors Sierra Hassel and Taylor Houchin both led the way with scores of 9.85. Seniors Sienna Crouse and Megan Schweihofer added to that with scores of 9.80. 
NEBRASKA RANKED NO. 8 AFTER ONE WEEK OF COMPETITION
NU began the season ranked No. 11 in the WCGA.com preseason coaches poll. After their performance against No. 1 UCLA, the Huskers have jumped to No. 8 in the RoadToNationals.com regular season rankings. The only Big Ten opponent ranked ahead of Nebraska is Michigan who comes in at No. 6.
HUSKERS PICKED SECOND IN BIG TEN
Coaches around the conference have picked Nebraska second in the Big Ten for the sixth consecutive year in the annual Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Since joining the conference before the 2012 season, Nebraska has been selected first or second in every preseason poll. The Huskers came in second last season in the Big Ten Championships to Michigan, who is on top of this year’s preseason poll. Illinois comes in third, while Ohio State and Minnesota round out the top five.
STRONG SCHEDULE IN 2019
NU will face 10 teams ranked in the national preseason coaches’ poll top 25 in 2019, including a trip to defending National Champion UCLA and meets with No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 13 Denver, No. 15 Washington, No. 16 Boise State, No. 18 Ohio State, No. 20 Arizona State, No. 22 Illinois and No. 23 Minnesota. 
CROUSE, Houchin NAMED GYMNASTS TO WATCH
Senior Sienna Crouse was selected as one of the 2019 Gymnasts to watch by the Big Ten conference for the second straight year. Sienna Crouse earned first team honors on floor, and second team All-America honors on vault, adding to her first team All-America honors on vault in 2017 and was also first team All-Big Ten, Firs Team Big Ten All-Championships and Academic All-Big Ten last season. Junior Taylor Houchin also joins Crouse as a 2019 Gymnast to watch. Houchin earned first team All-American status on vault, and second-team honors on balance beam, last season, the first of her career. She was also named Big Ten vault co-champion, Second Team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten.
HUSKERS HOPE TO CONTINUE THEIR EMPIRE
The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team finished sixth in the Super Six and returns 11 letter winners and three All-Americans from last season. The Husker squad selects a team motto each year, and in 2019 the gymnasts are #BOE.
STRONG SENIOR CLASS LEADS HUSKERS
Nebraska returns two strong seniors for the 2019 season in Sienna Crouse and Megan Schweihofer. A native of Fargo, N.D., Crouse returns as an All-American and one of the Huskers most consistent competitors primarily on vault and floor. Last season she posted the highest vault score by any individual competitor with a 9.9625 during Super Six Finals. Schweihofer is also a returning All-American on floor and is one of the top competitors for Nebraska. Last season, she earned nine event titles. 
TOUTED TRIO OF ALL-AMERICANS TO HELP HUSKERS
Nebraska received a total of eight All-America honors in 2018. Graduated senior Grace Williams earned second team honors on balance beam and floor, the first of her career. Seniors Sienna Crouse and Megan Schweihofer earned first team honors on floor, and second team All-America honors on vault, and second team honors on floor and in the all-around respectively. Junior Taylor Houchin earned first team All-American status on vault, and second-team honors on balance beam, the first of her career. Nebraska’s eight All-American honors are the most since 2012, and the two first-team honors mark the first time since 2015 NU had multiple first-teamers.
HUSKERS WELCOME FORMER MPSF CHAMPION MIKE HEREDIA TO COACHING STAFF
Mike Heredia joined the Nebraska coaching staff in July of 2018. Heredia was a student-athlete at Nebraska in 2010, competing on floor exercise and vault. He was a letter winner with the Cornhuskers before transferring to Oklahoma where he became an All-American on vault in 2012. As a Sooner he was also a 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference champion and was part of a team that posted back-to-back NCAA runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012.
While in college, Heredia was a JO Levels 4-10 coach at various gyms including Gym Nevada and Bart Conner for nine season. After graduating, Heredia, joined the Iowa men’s gymnastics team asan assistant coach in 2013. In his one year there, he coached two All-Americans on rings as well as a Big Ten champion on rings. The Hawkeyes also had an All-American in the all-around. At the NCAA Championships, the Hawkeyes finished fifth - their highest finish since 2006.
In 2013, Heredia would go on to build Fuzion Gymnastics from the ground up with his wife Jackie where he was co-owner and co-head coach for six years. During that time, Heredia would coach a 2016 JO national Floor Champion, as well as  two level 10 teams to state championships in girls and boys competition in 2018. 
During his time with Fuzion Gymnastics, Heredia would graduate 14 athletes who would go on to compete in collegiate gymnastics at various schools including current sophomore, Anika Dujakovich. 
Heredia and his wife Jackie have three girls; Norah, Rhyan and Graham and he will serve as bars, vault and floor coach for the Huskers.
HUSKERS INTRODUCE PAIR OF 2019 SIGNEES
Interim Head Coach Heather Brink announced the signing of two future Nebraska gymnasts to the 2019 women’s gymnastics signing class. Kylie Piringer (Erya Ramsey, N.J.) and Kathryn Thaler (Katy, Texas) have signed their letters of intent and will join the roster for Nebraska women’s gymnastics’ 2020 season.
CORNHUSKERS GROW ACROSS UNITED STATES
Nebraska features just one gymnast from Nebraska in sophomore Rachel Thompson on the 16-gymnast squad. The other 15 Huskers reign from 11 other states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, and New Jersey.
NEBRASKA BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVE NEW GYMNASTICS TRAINING FACILITY
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved a proposal to build a new gymnastics training facility. The current plan calls for construction of the facility that will be used by Nebraska’s men’s and women’s programs as an addition to the northwest side of the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The facility will include training stations, coaches’ offices and locker rooms for both teams. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 28, 2018 with the project projected to be completed in January of 2020.

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