Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Set for Big Ten Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

No. 17 Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-5, 6-3 Big Ten) at Big Ten Champions

Featuring: No. 7 Michigan Wolverines, No. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers, No. 25 Penn State, Iowa and Illinois

Saturday, March 23, 4 p.m. CT -- State College, Pa. (Rec Hall) [6,502]

Live Scores: Huskers.com

Television: Big Ten Network

State College, Pa. --  The No. 17 Nebraska women's gymnastics team is set to compete in the second session of the Big Ten Championships hosted by Penn State on Saturday, March 23 at 4 p.m. CT. Sessions were selected based on performances at the B1G Five Elevate the Stage meet earlier this season.

Nebraska will begin the meet on vault, then will follow Olympic order with byes coming in the second and fifth rotations.

The second session features No. 7 Michigan, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 25 Penn State, Iowa and Illinois. 

Nebraska is coming off the best meet of the season, notching season highs in all-around team score (197.675), on uneven bars (49.600) and on balance beam (49.500). The Huskers moved up one slot after being ranked No. 18 last week and has a NQS of 196.520. The Huskers are once again ranked top 20 in all four events, coming in at No. 14 on vault, No. 18 on uneven bars, No. 17 on balance beam and No. 15 on floor exercise. 

Following the meet, NU will await the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, March 25 at 4 p.m. CT, on NCAA.com where regional selections will be announced. Nebraska could head to one of four regional sites; Baton Rouge, La., Ann Arbor, Mich., Athens, Ga. or Corvallis, Ore.

NEBRASKA VERSUS BIG TEN FIELD
Nebraska will compete in the evening session against No. 7 Michigan, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 25 Penn State, Illinois and Iowa. The Huskers are 2-3 against the field with wins over Penn State at the B1G Five Elevate the Stage event where Nebraska defeated the Nittany Lions 195.900-195.700, where they also fell to Iowa 196.450-195.900, and Illinois where Nebraska had one of their best meets of the year where 10 Husker gymnast set or tied career highs in a 197.250-194.675 victory over the Illini. Michigan defeated the Huskers in a close meet 196.500-195.700 on ESPN earlier in the season, as well as Minnesota who defeated NU 196.600-196.375 at home. 
The afternoon session will feature Ohio State, Michigan State, Maryland and Rutgers. Nebraska is 4-0 against that field, defeating Michigan State and Maryland at the B1G Five Elevate the Stage event, defeating Michigan State 195.900-194.625 and defeating Maryland 195.900-195.500. NU defeated Ohio State in an away meet, defeating the Buckeyes in Columbus 196.400-195.750, while also defeating Rutgers 194.850-194.325.
LAST TIME AT B1G TENS
In 2018 at the Big Ten Championships, Nebraska finished second with a team score of 196.950, falling to only Michigan. Taylor Houchin, Grace Williams and Megan Schweihofer all took home shares of event titles with Houchin earning the vault event title with a score of 9.90, Williams the balance beam title with a score of 9.90 and Schweihofer the floor exercise title with a score of 9.95. Schweihofer also won the all-around event title with a score of 39.525, 
LAST TIME OUT
Nebraska competed in the 29th Annual Masters Classic where they posted a team season high 197.675 overall while also posting season highs on uneven bars, 49.600, and balance beam, 49.500. Besides vault, Nebraska swept the event titles with senior Sienna Crouse taking home three (uneven bars, floor exercise, all-around) on senior night and junior Sierra Hassel winning one (balance beam). Crouse also hit for career highs on uneven bars, 9.975, and in the all-around 39.700. Hassel also had a career high on balance beam with a score of 9.975.
UP NEXT
Nebraska will await the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, March 25 at 4 p.m. CT, on NCAA.com where regional selections will be announced. Nebraska could head to one of four regional sites; Baton Rouge, La., Ann Arbor, Mich., Athens, Ga. or Corvallis, Ore. 
CROUSE, HASSEL EARNED BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
Senior Sienna Crouse and junior Sierra Hassel both earned Big Ten gymnastics weekly honors on March 19, announced by the conference. Crouse was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week after the meet of her life in the 29th Annual Masters Class this past weekend where she posted a career high in the all-around with a score of 39.700, tying the eighth highest all-around score in Nebraska history. On vault, she hit with a score of 9.85, she set a career high on uneven bars with a score of 9.975, on balance beam she finished with a score of 9.925 and tied a career high on floor exercise with a score of 9.95. This is the second Gymnast of the Week honor for Crouse. The last Nebraska Gymnast of the Week was junior Taylor Houchin the week of Jan. 22. 
Hassel was named event specialist of the week for her career high performance on balance beam where the junior from Johnston, Iowa recorded the second 9.975 of the night for the Huskers, including a 10.0 from one judge. This is the first event specialist of the week honor for Hassel. The last Nebraska Event Specialist of the Week was senior Megan Schweihofer the week of Jan. 22. 
FOUR HUSKERS NAMED ALL-BIG TEN
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. 
NINE HUSKERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Nine Huskers were named to the academic All-Big Ten list announced by the conference March 20. Seniors Kelli Chung, Sienna Crouse, Catelyn Orel and Megan Schweihofer, juniors Taylor Houchin and Sierra Hassel, sophomores Kynsee Roby, Anika Dujakovich and Rachel Thompson.

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