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Huskers Send Four Gymnasts to Winter Cup

By NU Athletic Communications

Las Vegas, Nev. - Anton Stephenson, Griffin Kehler, Kyle King and Evan Kriley of the Nebraska men’s gymnastics team have been invited to represent the Huskers at the prestigious Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev., and will get a shot at making the USA National Team.

2018 National Champions Stephen Nedoroscik (pommel horse) and Alex Diab (still rings), along with 2018 U.S. World Championships team member and World silver medalist Yul Moldauer are also expected to compete. The competition is a two-day event and will feature 48 senior athletes competing in the Preliminary sessions on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:00 p.m. The top 28 will qualify for finals on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9:15 p.m. Top finishers at the finals will be selected to compete for the USA National Team.

Freshman Evan Kriley qualified for Winter Cup at the Rocky Mountain Open in January where the team took second place. The Tampa, Fla., native took fourth in the all-around with 78.50. Kriley tied for 8th on pommel horse with a 13.55. Kehler, a sophomore, also qualified at Rocky Mountain Open where he took third in the all-around with a 79.55. Kehler also claimed the floor title at the event, with a score of 14.45.

“This is an exciting opportunity to compete against the best in the country,” Kehler said. “I am ready to put that block N on my chest and go to work!”

Senior Anton Stephenson and recent graduate Kyle King qualified for Winter Cup while competing in the 2018 USA Championships in Boston. Stephenson claimed first place on vault at the USA Championships with a combined two-day score of 29.550. Stephenson also tied for 17th on floor (27.200), placed 16th on pommel horse (26.050), placed 30th on rings (23.750), and tied for 9th on parallel bars (26.950). King brought home 28th on pommel horse with a 21.650 two-day total and 32nd on high bar with a 12.150 two-day total.

“This is a great opportunity for some of our all arounders to compete alongside the best in the country,” Stephenson said. “And I look forward to representing University of Nebraska on the elite stage.”

All four athletes will compete in the second session on Feb. 15 which begins at 6:00 p.m. (CT). The top 28 athletes from the preliminary sessions will compete in the finals on Feb. 17 at 9:15 p.m. (CT). Follow @NebraskaMensGym on twitter for updates during the competition. For more information about Winter Cup including results and videos, visit www.wintercup.com.

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