Photo by Allyssa Hynes/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Fight Past Scarlet Knights in First Big Ten Meet

By NU Athletic Communications

New Brunswick, N.J. -- The No. 15 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-6, 0-1 Big Ten) 194.850-194.325 at the Livingston Recreation Center in New Brunswick, N.J.

In a close meet, the Huskers always stayed one step ahead of Rutgers thanks in big part to junior Taylor Houchin who continues her strong 2019 season taking home three event titles on vault, 9.80, on uneven bars, 9.90 and in the all-around, 39.450. This the third straight meet that Houchin has posted a score of 9.90 or higher on uneven bars as well as her third straight uneven bars event title. Senior Megan Schweihofer posted a season high score of 9.90 on balance beam and would go on to win the balance beam event title, the fifth of her career and the first time since Michigan last season where she finished with a score of 9.90. 

Rotation One

Nebraska started the meet on uneven bars with a score of 48.800. Along Houchin’s 9.90, four Huskers posted scores of 9.70 or higher. Sophomore Megan Verceles Carr finished third on the event with a score of 9.775, while freshman Adnerys De Jesus scored a 9.75. Junior Kelli Chung made her collegiate debut with a score of 9.675 and freshman Abby Johnston finished with a score of 9.65.

Rutgers started the meet off on vault, and finished the first rotation with a score of 48.400. The Scarlet Knights were led by sophomore Bell Huang, who scored a 9.80 which tied her for the event title with Houchin.

Rotation Two

On vault, the Huskers posted a team score of 48.575. Houchin bounced back her vault last week to nail a 9.80 tying her for the event title with Huang. Freshman Kaylee Quinn and Verceles Carr both scored 9.75 on the event. Sophomore Makayla Curtis scored a 9.70, while De Jesus hit a 9.575. Sophomore Anika Dujakovich, despite a fall, finished with a score of 9.25, which was negated by the scores of the other five Huskers.

On bars, Rutgers’ Michelle Amoresano led the way for the Scarlet Knights with a score of 9.80. Four other Scarlet Knights would hit routines for scores of 9.70 or higher for a team score of 48.700.

Rotation Three

On floor, Houchin once again led the way for the Huskers with a score of 9.90. Junior Sierra Hassel tied her career high on the event with a score of 9.875, while Johnston finished a routine for a score of 9.80. De Jesus hit for a score of 9.775, and Hargrove a 9.725. Schweihofer rounded out the scores for the Huskers with a score of 9.675.

On beam, Rutgers' Bella Huang posted the best score for the Scarlet Knights a 9.85. Kiera Doherty-Herwitz and Amoresano both hit for scores of 9.70 and 9.725, respectively. Rutgers combined for a team-score of 47.925 on beam, while NU combined for a season-high team-score on floor exercise, 49.075. After three rotations, the Huskers led the Scarlet Knights 146.450-145.025.

Rotation Four

The Huskers would finish the meet on balance beam. Schweihofer led the way with a season-high on beam with a score of 9.90 and took home the balance beam event title. Houchin was not far behind her with a score of 9.85 and tied for second. Curtis and Crouse both posted scores of 9.75 and 9.725, respectively. While Verceles Carr and Hassel finished with scores of 9.175 and 9.075, respectively both due to falls.

On floor, Huang and Ali led the way for Rutgers both posting scores of 9.925 both sharing first place on floor exercise. The Scarlet Knights had hit with their high team-score of the meet, 49.300, but it was not enough as the Huskers finished with a team-score of 48.400 on beam. NU defeated Rutgers 194.850-194.325.

In the All-Around, for Nebraska, Houchin finished with a season-high 39.450. For Rutgers, Amoresano finished with a score of 39.025 and Huang finished with a score of 38.725.

Nebraska will return home for another Big Ten meet against Illinois on Saturday Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. CT at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will then hit the road to take on defending Big Ten Champions Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. CT with television coverage provided by ESPNU. 

Name Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around
Kelli Chung 9.675
Sienna Crouse 9.725
Makayla Curtis 9.70 9.75
Adnerys De Jesus 9.575 9.75 9.775
Anika Dujakovich 9.25
Sarah Hargrove 9.70 9.725
Sierra Hassel 9.075 9.875
Taylor Houchin 9.80 9.90 9.85 9.90 39.450
Abby Johnston 9.80
Kaylee Quinn 9.75
Megan Schweihofer 9.90
Megan Verceles Carr 9.75 9.775 9.175

Team Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
Nebraska 48.575 48.800 48.400 49.075 194.850
Rutgers 48.400 48.700 47.925 49.300 194.325

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