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Four Huskers Named to All-Big Ten Teams

By NU Athletic Communications

Chicago -- Four Huskers were named to first and second All-Big Ten teams announced by the conference Monday, March 18. Senior Sienna Crouse and juniors Taylor Houchin and Sierra Hassel were named first team All-Big Ten, while freshman Adnerys De Jesus was named second team All-Big Ten for the 2019 season.

Crouse has been instrumental to the success the No. 17 Huskers have had this season, including arguably the best meet of her career last weekend at the 29th Annual Masters Class. The Big Ten preseason Gymnast to Watch is one of five gymnast in the nation with 9.95 or higher on all four events this season. Crouse has career highs of 9.975 on both vault and uneven bars and 9.95 on balance beam and floor exercise. She also holds a career high of 39.700 in the all-around, the eighth highest individual all-around score in Nebraska history. Crouse has earned herself 13 event titles this season, including four meets where she has won multiple event titles. This is the second first team All-Big Ten honor Crouse has earned, first was in 2018, along with a second team All-Big Ten honor in 2017.

Houchin has been one of the most consistent competitors for the Huskers this season, boasting season highs of 9.90 or better on all events. She has a career high of 9.975 on vault and uneven bars, 9.925 on balance beam, 9.95 on floor exercise and 39.650. The fellow preseason Big Ten Gymnast to Watch has earned 11 event titles this season with five of those coming on uneven bars. She was named Co-Big Ten Gymnast of the Week this season, the week of Jan. 22 for her performance against Rutgers. This is the second first team All-Big Ten honor, being named in 2017. Last season Houchin was named second team All-Big Ten. 

Hassel has been a force on balance beam and floor exercise this season, earning herself new career highs in the meet of her life at the 29th Annual Masters Classic. In that meet she posted scores of 9.975 on balance beam and 9.925 on floor exercise. The junior from Johnston, Iowa has taken home three event titles this season including two on floor exercise. This is the first All-Big Ten honor for Hassel.

De Jesus has had a phenomenal first year season being a spark for the team on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. The freshman from Greenwich, Conn. has recorded season/ career highs of 9.925 on vault, 9.90 on uneven bars and 9.85 on floor exercise. De Jesus was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after her performance against Michigan, where she was also featured on Sports Center Top 10 Plays for her vault against the Wolverines. She has earned one event title this season on vault. This is the first All-Big Ten honor for De Jesus. 

The Huskers are in preparation for the Big Ten Championships being hosted by Penn State on Saturday, March 23. Nebraska will compete in the evening session beginning at 4 p.m. CT with television coverage provided by the Big Ten Network. 


FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN*

Mary Jane Otto, ILL

Clair Kaji, IOWA

Abby Brenner, MICH

Lauren Farley, MICH

Olivia Karas, MICH

Emma McLean, MICH

Natalie Wojcik, MICH

Ona Loper, MINN

Ivy Lu, MINN

Lexy Ramler, MINN

Paige Williams, MINN

Sienna Crouse, NEB

Sierra Hassel, NEB

Taylor Houchin, NEB

Jamie Stone, OSU

Lauren Bridgens, PSU

SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG TEN

Karen Howell, ILL

Kasey Meeks, ILL

Kylie Noonan, ILL

Nicole Chow, IOWA

Lauren Guerin, IOWA

Audrey Barber, MD

Lexi Funk, MICH

Gabrielle Douglas, MSU

Lea Mitchell, MSU

Tiarre Sales, MINN

Adnerys De Jesus, NEB

Olivia Aepli, OSU

Jenna Swartzentruber, OSU

Sabrina Garcia, PSU

Belle Huang, RUT

 

*Additional honorees due to ties

 

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