Gymnastics Beats Beavers on Senior Day

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

Lincoln, Neb.–The No. 7 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team improved to 12-2 and 4-1 in the Big Ten after dominating over No. 15 Oregon State (7-4) on Senior Night, overtaking the Beavers 197.225-196.700.

The stellar night saw significant action in the all-around as Huskers Hollie Blanske, Jessie Deziel, Desire’ Stephens and Beaver Madeline Gardiner battled for the top spot. DeZiel led the way for the Big Red, taking home titles on vault (9.975), bars (9.90) and in the all-around (39.550). Lauer continued to display her beam skills, capturing a 9.90 for the third week in a row. Blanske once again led Nebraska on floor for the third straight week, posting a season high-tying 9.925 to take home the crown.

NU opened up competition on vault with a strong 49.425 paced by DeZiel’s near-perfect 9.975. Moore kept things going in the leadoff spot and earned a 9.85 for her effort. Blanske, Lambert and Stephens pulled together a trio of 9.875 marks to propel the Huskers to its powerful event score.

Oregon State started off strong on bars, capturing a 49.300 score propelled by a pair of 9.875s from Madeline Gardiner and Katyianna McMillian. After the first rotation, Nebraska held a slight lead over Oregon State 49.425-49.225.

The Huskers next traveled to bars for the second rotation of the evening, putting up a 49.275 as a team. DeZiel led the way once again for the Big Red, notching a 9.90 for her performance. Stephens followed suit and tied her career high of 9.875, while Lauer added a season best 9.85. Breen and Blanske chipped in a pair of 9.825s to bring the team to its 49.275 total.

Oregon State kept things rolling on vault, posting a 48.875 for its effort. Leading the way for the Beavers was Taylor Keeker, who tabbed a 9.825 for her performance. The Huskers further extended the lead 98.725-98.100 after two rotations.

Nebraska began the second half of the meet on beam as Lauer tabbed her third straight 9.90 score in three weeks, leading the team to a 49.275. Laeng grabbed a season best 9.875 to keep things rolling for NU. Stephens also hit a career high 9.85 and Blanske followed up with a matching score. Breen and DeZiel rounded out the rotation with a 9.825 and a 9.80 respectively. The Huskers held onto the lead over Oregon State after three rotations 148.000-147.400.

On floor, Oregon State rallied to a 49.300 paced by Chelsea Tang’s 9.90 routine. The Huskers held onto the lead over Oregon State after three rotations 148.000-147.400.

NU concluded its magical meet on floor, where Blanske set the tone with her beautiful 9.925 performance. DeZiel notched a 9.875 for her seamless routine, solidifying her spot in the all-around. Laeng rallied to tie her season best 9.825, while Moore and Stephens tallied a duo of 9.80 marks. Lambert put forth a 9.725 to close the event, helping the Huskers to a 49.225.

Oregon State put up a solid beam performance led by former All-American Gardiner, who won the event with a 9.925. The Beavers finished with a 196.700 final score, but it was not enough to overcome the Huskers’ 197.225. DeZiel snatched the all-around crown with her 39.550 score, followed by Blankse’s 39.475. Gardiner took third while Stephens finished fourth. Less than two tenths of a point separated all four all-around scores.

The Huskers will conclude its regular season next Saturday while hosting one of the two Big Five meets put together by the Big Ten. Nebraska will welcome Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Maryland to the Devaney Center for a conference showdown. Placement at the Big Five meet will determine which session each team will compete in at the 2015 Big Ten Championships March 21. Meet action will take place Saturday, March 14 at 12 p.m. CT and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.







Hollie Blanske






Danielle Breen



Jessie DeZiel






Jennie Laeng




Ashley Lambert



Amanda Lauer

Jennifer Lauer



Ariel Martin

Madison McConkey

Kamerin Moore




Desire’ Stephens





Grace Williams

Team scores:
1. Nebraska- 197.225
2. Oregon State- 196.700