The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team has finalized its schedule for the 2017 season, head coach Dan Kendig announced Thursday. The slate features five home events, including the NCAA Lincoln Regional on April 1.
“We’re really happy with our schedule,” Kendig said. “The Big Ten schedule gets harder and harder every year. It’s a challenging schedule that will prepare us for the postseason. We’re bringing in some good competition this year, and we’re excited about hosting the NCAA Regional. It’s all about being the best team we can possibly be at the end of the year, and we’re working to get better and better every day.”
The Huskers open the season on Jan. 15, hosting Big Ten rival Penn State. The meet is a part of the Tumble N Rumble, as the Nebraska wrestling team will welcome Michigan to the Devaney Center. Both events are scheduled to begin simultaneously at 1:15 p.m.
The Huskers will then hit the road to face Rutgers on Jan. 21 in a quadrangular meet with Brown and West Chester. The following week, NU will face defending Big Ten champion Michigan at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Huskers knocked off the third-ranked Wolverines by a score of 196.775-196.550 in a dual meet last season at the Devaney Center.
In early February, the Huskers will travel to Norman, Okla., to take on former Big Eight rival and defending national champion Oklahoma. Denver and Texas Woman’s University will also compete at the quadrangular meet, which is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 3.
That same weekend, the Huskers will return home to face Big Ten foe Iowa. Action against the Hawkeyes is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Feb. 5.
The Huskers will travel to Minnesota on Feb. 11 to take on the defending Big Ten regular season champion Golden Gophers. The following week, NU will head to St. Charles, Mo., for a quad meet with Lindenwood, Brown and Seattle Pacific, scheduled for February 17.
The 27th-annual Masters Classic will take place on Feb. 25, as the Huskers welcome California, Southeast Missouri and Utah State. The Golden Bears finished seventh nationally last season, while the Huskers took down Utah State in a quad meet in 2016. NU has not faced Southeast Missouri since 1997.
NU will travel to Champaign, Ill., on March 11 for the B1G Five qualifier, as the Huskers will battle with Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State and Ohio State for seeding in the next week’s Big Ten Championships. The 2017 Big Ten Championships are set for March 18 in New Brunswick, N.J.
NCAA Regional competition is set for April 1. Lincoln is one of six campus sites that will host an NCAA Regional in 2017. NU last hosted a regional in the 2005 season. The top two teams from each regional will qualify for the NCAA Championships, which take place April 14-15 in St. Louis.
Season tickets for Nebraska’s home meets will go on sale Nov. 11, and single meet tickets go on sale Dec. 1. Fans can follow the Huskers all season long on Twitter at @HuskersWGym.
2017 Nebraska Women’s Gymnastics Schedule
Sunday, Jan. 15: Penn State (Tumble N’ Rumble) – 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21: at Rutgers (with Brown and West Chester) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28: at Michigan – 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 3: at Oklahoma (with Denver and Texas Woman’s) – 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5: Iowa – 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: at Minnesota – 4 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17: at Lindenwood (with Brown and Seattle Pacific) – 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25: Masters Classic (with California, Southeast Missouri and Utah State) – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: Iowa State (Senior Day) – 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 11: at B1G Five Meet (at Illinois with Maryland, Michigan State and Ohio State) – TBA
Saturday, March 18: at Big Ten Championships (at New Brunswick, N.J.) – TBA
Saturday, April 1: at NCAA Regionals – TBA (at Campus Sites – Lincoln, Neb.; Athens, Ga.; Champaign, Ill.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Morgantown, W. Va.; Seattle, Wash.)
Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15: at NCAA Championships (at St. Louis, Mo.) - TBA