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Huskers Ready for NCAA Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

Champaign, Ill. - The Nebraska men’s gymnastics team enters its final competition at the NCAA Championships April 19-20 in Champaign, Illi. After placing fourth at the Big Ten Championships, their best finish since entering the Big Ten, the team is hopes to use that momentum heading into NCAA Championships. The Huskers have advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals two years in a row and hope to keep the streak alive.

The championships qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions, will take place on Friday, April 19. Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals in each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session on Saturday, April 20.

Scouting the Competition
The Huskers must finish in the top three in order to advance to finals. Nebraska has seen two of the five teams in their session already this season. NU topped Michigan in March 408.700-403.800. Nebraska is 3-0 against Minnesota this season, most recently topping the Gophers at Big Ten Championships 406.000-404.800.

NCAA Championship History
Nebraska made history in 2018, advancing to the NCAA finals for the second year in a row after a third-place finish (402. 690) at the NCAA Qualifiers. It's the first time since 1995 that the Huskers advanced to the team finals for two consecutive years. Nebraska finished behind Stanford (407.390) and Minnesota (404. 758) in the first of two qualifying sessions. Michigan (400.590), Navy (390.921) and Air Force (385.688) also competed in the session, but did not advance to the team finals.

In the NCAA finals, Nebraska finished fifth with 403.589. Oklahoma claimed its third-consecutive title with 414.858. Minnesota placed second (411.932), Illinois placed third (411.689), Stanford placed fourth (408.725) and Penn State placed sixth (401.991).

Last Time Out
The Nebraska men’s gymnastics team claimed 4th place at the Big Ten Championships Team Finals on April 5 and sent four Huskers to the Individual Finals on April 6. Penn State claimed first with a score of 410.350. Illinois (410.100) and Michigan (409.550) came out on top over the Huskers (406.000). Minnesota took fifth (404.800), Ohio State took sixth (401.900) and Iowa took last place (398.750). Anton Stephenson, Khalil Jackson, Evan Hymanson and Evan Kriley advanced to the Individual Finals on Saturday, April 6.

At the Big Ten Championships Individual Finals, Anton Stephenson claimed the gold medal on vault, becoming the Big Ten Vault Champion for his third consecutive year. The senior also placed fifth on floor with 14.125. Three other Huskers competed in the individual event finals, including Evan Kriley, Evan Hymanson and Khalil Jackson. Evan Kriley finished with 13.725 on pommel horse, earning him sixth place on the event. Khalil Jackson, notched a 13.150 on high bar and tied for eighth on the event with Minnesota’s David Pochinka. Evan Hymanson notched a 14.025 on parallel bars, earning fourth place.

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