Gainesville, Fla. – Sophomore Lora Evenstad competed at the NCAA Individual Event Finals on Saturday night, bringing the 2010 Nebraska women’s gymnastics season to a close at the University of Florida’s Steven C. O’Connell Center.
Evenstad, an All-American and 2010 Big 12 vault champion, posted a combined average score of 8.7563 on vault in the first of three flights, finishing in 18th-place. Evenstad debuted her first vault of a pike full for a score of 9.7125 (9.65, 9.75, 9.80, 9.65, 9.70, 9.75). In her second vault, the native of Grand Forks, N.D., performed a layout for a score of 9.80 (9.80, 9.80, 9.80, 9.80, 9.80, 9.80). Her respective vaults appeared to be too similar, thus she received a one-point deduction. UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa took top honors on vault with a 9.925. Susan Jackson of LSU came in second with a mark of 9.8938, while Oregon State’s Mandi Rodriguez totaled a 9.8438 for third in the event.Freshman Brittany Skinner, who qualified for vault finals as a first-team All-American, did not compete in Saturday’s event competition.
The Huskers concluded the 2010 season with a bounce-back performance at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Coming into the weekend, the Huskers sat at the No. 12 spot nationally. NU competed in the first preliminary session on Thursday afternoon and just missed advancing to the Super Six Team Finals. After posting a 48.525 on beam, Nebraska came back to total a 196.175. Scores of 49.15 on bars and 49.125 on floor, along with an inspiring 49.375 on vault catapulted NU into fourth place at the end of the meet.
NU walked away from the NCAA Championships with five Huskers combining for five All-America awards. Evenstad was named a first-team All-American on vault (9.90). Freshman Brittany Skinner also earned first-team honors on vault (9.90), in addition to sophomore Kassandra Nathe notching second-team All-America status on bars (9.85). Senior Kathryn Howard tallied the accolades on bars (9.85), along with freshman Janelle Giblin (9.85). Each All-America honor was the first for every Husker gymnast. First- through fourth-place finishers are named first-team All-Americans on their respective events or the all-around, while fifth- through eighth-place finishers comprised the second team. The last time NU had at least five All-American finishers at the NCAA Championships was in 2006.
After the Super Six Team Finals were completed Friday night, Nebraska landed in the No. 7 spot among the 12-team field, a five-step improvement coming into the weekend. The last time NU was ranked in the top 10 at the completion of the season was following a sixth-place finish at the 2007 Super Six Team Finals.