Husker women finish third at Big Ten gymnastics meet

March 24, 2019

The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team finished third — and just a tenth of a point out of a tie for second — at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday in State College, Pennsylvania.

Nebraska’s Sienna Crouse finished fourth or better in four events, topped by second place in the balance beam (9.90). She took fourth in the all-around (39.525), and tied for fourth in uneven bars (9.925) and vault (9.85).

The Huskers’ Taylor Houchin tied for second on the uneven bars (9.95) and placed fourth in the floor exercise (9.90) and vault (9.85).

Both Crouse and Houchin made the all-championship team.

Seventh-ranked Michigan won the team title with a score of 197.400, with Illinois second at 196.650 and the No. 17 Huskers right behind at 196.550.

Nebraska’s Catelyn Orel tied Houchin and Minnesota’s Lexy Ramler for fourth in the floor exercise. The Huskers’ Sierra Hassel’s 9.90 was good for a sixth-place tie on balance beam.

Ramler was named gymnast of the year.

The Huskers trailed the field after the first rotation but got back into it with their performance on the uneven bars in the third rotation, jumping to third place. The Huskers had their highest team score of the day with a 49.325 on the bars.

The Huskers closed strong on floor exercise, combining for a 49.300 on the event behind the 9.90 scores from Orel and Houchin and 9.85 from both Crouse and Addy De Jesus.

Nebraska will wait on the NCAA selection show Monday for its postseason fate. The Huskers could head to one of four regional sites in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Athens, Georgia; and Corvallis, Oregon.