Crouse, Houchin Advance to NCAA Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich. -- The No. 14 Nebraska women's gymnastics team finished their season Saturday night at the NCAA Super Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich. after finishing fourth with an overall team score of 196.650.
No. 2 UCLA finished first with a team score of 198.075, host No. 7 Michigan behind them in second place with a team score of 197.275. Both will advance to the NCAA Semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas. No. 10 Alabama finished just shy of moving on with a team score of 197.225.
Senior Sienna Crouse and junior Taylor Houchin will go on to compete at the NCAA Championships on Friday, April 19. Crouse will compete in the all-around and Houchin will compete on vault.
Nebraska drew olympic order for the meet, beginning on vault. Houchin picked up where she left off last night with a 9.90, with Crouse right behind her as she went for 9.825. Anika Dujakovich and Megan Verceles Carr earned themselves a pair of 9.80s, while freshman Kaylee Quinn finished with a 9.775, a career high for the freshman. Fellow freshman Adnerys De Jesus stuck her 1.5 with a 9.75, rounding out the Huskers on vault. Nebraska combined for an event score of 49.100.
The Huskers found themselves trailing three of the nation's top teams after the first rotation with Alabama leading after finishing floor exercise with a score of 49.425, UCLA behind them after finishing balance beam with a team score of 49.400 and Michigan in third after finishing uneven bars with a team score of 49.200.
Moving onto uneven bars, Nebraska looked to swing back into the mix. Crouse continued her strong night with a 9.90, with De Jesus and Houchin right behind her, both finishing with 9.85s. Sarah Hargrove stuck her routine with a 9.80 and Catelyn Orel finished with a 9.75. Verceles Carr rounded out the Huskers on uneven bars with a 9.25 due to a fall. Huskers combined for an event score of 49.150 and a combined team score of 98.250.
Nebraska still found themselves trailing the pack with UCLA taking over the lead after posting an event score on floor of 49.625 and an overall team score of 99.025. Michigan took a jump into second place after finishing balance beam with an event score of 49.425 and an overall team score of 98.625 and Alabama dropping to third place after finishing on vault with an event score of 49.125 and an overall score of 98.550.
In the third rotation, NU went onto balance beam with three Huskers finishing with a score of 9.85. Megan Schweihofer, Crouse and Hargrove, a new career high for Hargrove. Hassel and Houchin both earned themselves a 9.825, and Orel rounded out the Huskers with a 9.175 due to a fall. Nebraska finished the third rotation with an event score of 49.200 and an overall team score of 147.450.
UCLA continued their lead through the third rotation with an overall team score of 148.425 after finishing vault with a score of 49.400. Michigan went for 49.425 on floor exercise to keep themselves in second place with an overall score of 148.075. Alabama stayed in third after finishing uneven bars with a score of 49.250 and an overall team score of 147.800.
With floor exercise remaining, Nebraska needed to mount a great comeback, but fell just short of that. Crouse finished her night with a 9.90 while Hassel and Houchin both finish with 9.85s. Orel and De Jesus both finish their nights with 9.80s and Abby Johnston ended her night with a 9.25.
In the all-around, for Nebraska Crouse and Houchin both had great nights, finishing with scores of 39.475 and 39.425, respectively.
|Adnerys De Jesus||9.75||9.85||9.80|
|Megan Verceles Carr||9.80||9.25|