Houchin Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Nebraska gymnast Taylor Houchin was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, voted on by the conference's coaches and announced following the Big Ten Championships on Saturday.
Houchin, a Republic, Mo., native, has become one of Nebraska's strongest all-around competitors in her first year as a Husker. The first-team All-Big Ten performer set a Nebraska freshman record with a 39.650 in the all-around at the Masters Classic on Feb. 25. She also tied a Nebraska freshman record with a score of 9.95 on floor twice, first at the GymQuarters Invitational on Feb. 17 and again at the Masters Classic.
Houchin was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 27, and Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times, on Jan. 16, Feb. 6 and Feb. 27. She was also named to the Big Ten All-Championships Team after she tied for second with a 9.875 on vault at the conference meet.
Houchin becomes Nebraska's second Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the first since 2012, when Jessie DeZiel claimed the honor.
Michigan senior Nicole Artz was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, while Iowa's Larissa Libby was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.