Nebraska Returns Home for Dual with Arizona State
No. 10 Nebraska vs. Arizona State
Date: Sunday, March 4
Start Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: Bob Devaney Sports Center
Live Stats: Huskers.com
Following a mid season week off from competition, the No. 10 Nebraska men's gymnastics team will be back in action this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Center against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Huskers' meet will run in conjunction with the No. 6 Nebraska women's gymnastics team's dual with the No. 1 Florida Gators.
The Huskers will return to the friendly confines of the Devaney Center this weekend after spending the month of February on the road in California, Iowa and Minnesota. NU is 1-0 this season at the Devaney Center, having defeated Air Force on Jan. 22 by a score of 336.550 - 331.750. Nebraska holds an overall record of 4-6 so far in 2012.
Fans unable to attend the meet in Lincoln can follow live stats online at Huskers.com, as well as live updates via Twitter (@NebraskaMGym).
Promotion: Pepsi Pack-the-House
The meet on Sunday will be Pepsi Pack-the-House day at the Devaney Center. Admission to the meet is only $1, while 24 oz. Pepsi products will also only be $1 for the entirety of the meet. Nebraska students can get in for free by showing their student ID at the door. Fans are encouraged to attend this exciting event and cheer on the Big Red as we try to pack the stands with Husker fans.
Nebraska Hosts Alumni Weekend
The Nebraska men's and women's gymnastics teams will be holding their annual Alumni Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Alumni will have the opportunity to tour new facilities at Nebraska, including the Hendricks Training Facility and the men's gymnastics practice facilities in the Bob Devaney Sports center. Former Huskers will also have the chance to watch a Husker practice and meet the 2012 Nebraska men's gymnastics team.
Nebraska in the National Rankings
Nebraska is holding strong in the top ten of this week's GymInfo Poll, coming in at No. 10 nationally with a team three-score average of 337.483. The Huskers sit at sixth among Big Ten teams in the poll, released Monday, Feb. 27. Oklahoma continues to hold the No. 1 position in the rankings (353.667), while Big Ten member Penn State trails by one point in the No. 2 spot (352.667).
The Huskers appeared in the top ten of three event rankings this week as well. NU's vault mark leads the way at eighth nationally (58.433), while their floor exercise (57.633) and high bar (55.850) averages are both good for tenth. Nebraska is also 11th on pommel horse (55.283) and parallel bars (56.433) and 12th on still rings (55.617).
A pair of Husker athletes remained in the individual rankings of this week's poll as well. Sophomore Eric Schryver continues to appear in the pommel horse rankings, coming in at 18th this week (14.500). Wyatt Baier also locked up a spot in the vault rankings at 17th (14.767).
The Huskers will host their second home meet in as many weeks on Sunday, March 11, facing the No. 3 Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at 1 p.m. It will be the third time this season the Huskers have faced the Golden Gophers and the first time NU has squared off against the Fighting Illini.
Last Time Out: Nebraska Logs Season-Best Score, Falls to Minnesota
The No. 8 Nebraska men's gymnastics team was edged by the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 345.600-339.400 on March 18 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The Huskers' team score marked a new season high, and the team put together a season-best mark on floor exercise while tying their season-best on parallel bars.
Freshman Grant Perdue led the Huskers on the day, picking up a pair of event titles on floor exercise and vault. Perdue's mark of 14.80 on vault was his season-best, while his mark of 14.80 on floor tied his team-leading mark this season. Sophomore Eric Schryver's score of 14.60 on horse was good for the event title on horse, his second title in the event in 2012.
Nebraska started the day on pommel horse, tallying a team score of 54.800. The Huskers were paced by sophomore Eric Schryver, who posted a score of 14.60, his best mark since January on horse. Sophomore Donovan Arndt contributed a 13.70, while freshman Gabriel Jolley added a mark of 13.50.
NU moved on to floor exercise, where the Huskers exploded for a team score of 58.500, over two points higher than their season average and a team best this season. Perdue's meet-leading mark was tops for the Huskers, while sophomore Wyatt Aycock and senior Andreas Hofer added scores of 14.60 for the Big Red.
The Huskers took to vault next, totaling a score of 58.400. Perdue was again the leader for Nebraska as he picked up his second event title of the day. Hofer hit a score of 14.70 on the event, and Aycock tacked on a 14.60, his best of the season as well.
The fourth rotation took Nebraska to rings, where the Huskers put together a team score of 55.300. Arndt led Nebraska on the event, posting a score of 14.20. Hofer added a 13.80, while Perdue hit a 13.70 mark for the Huskers.
The Huskers moved to high bar on the fifth rotation, posting a team mark of 55.800. Freshman Connor Stillwell and Hofer were the team leaders on high bar, with each hitting a score of 14.10. Senior Will Eastman added a score of 13.90 for the Big Red.
Nebraska appeared on parallel bars for their sixth and final event. The Huskers picked up a team score of 56.600, tying their season-best on the event. Schryver was the Husker leader on parallel bars, picking up a mark of 14.40. Hofer added a 14.20, while sophomore Mark Ringle posted a 14.10.
Nebraska Joins Top Men's Gymnastics Programs in Big Ten
The 2012 campaign will mark the beginning of a new era for NU men's gymnastics, as the team begins its first season as competitors in the Big Ten in January. The traditional strength of the conference in men's gymnastics points toward a competitive season for the Big Red.
The No. 9 Huskers were picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Preseason Coaches' Poll, illustrating the top-to-bottom strength of the conference. Three-time defending conference champion Illinois topped the poll, while Michigan and Penn State rounded out the top three.
Two Huskers were named to the Big Ten's 2012 Gymnasts to Watch list in the preseason. Senior Andreas Hofer and sophomore Wyatt Aycock were listed among the 14 conference gymnasts. Hofer has competed in the individual all-around finals at the NCAA Championships two times and finished in a tie for 11th at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Aycock will be looking to improve on his freshman campaign in which he posted a school record mark of 88.60 in all-around competition against Iowa and Minnesota.