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In NCAA-type environment, NU women’s gymnastics squeaks past Washington

January 14, 2019

There was no shortage of energy in the Bob Devaney Sports Center as 4,699 fans packed the building to watch the No. 8 Husker women’s gymnastics team squeak by Washington 195.550-195.250 on Saturday night.

Nebraska coach Heather Brink said the environment for her team was exceptional and it gives her team an NCAA feel right at the beginning of the year.

“It’s like that seventh person, it brings the energy to the athletes,” Brink said. “One of the girls even said, ‘Look, someone’s in standing room only. We made it.’”

Nebraska’s (1-1) Sienna Crouse led the way in the all-around competition and in the vault.

Crouse had an all-around score of 39.200 and a vault average of 9.800, both meet leaders.

“Sienna has stepped in for the leaders we lost last year,” Brink said.

“The hard work will pay off in the long run for her. It’s just a long season, we have to keep plugging away.”

Washington (0-1) was tied after the first two events, but coach Elise Ray-Statz said that small mistakes began to snowball, and that eventually ended in a loss.

“It was just first meet jitters and nerves that always look like this,” Ray Statz said. “Those little things that deduct points need to get fixed.”

The Huskers travel to New Brunswick, New Jersey for a dual with Rutgers Jan. 19 at 12 p.m.

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