Nebraska women’s gymnastics set to host Big Tens

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The 12th-ranked Nebraska women’s gymnastics team gears up for the Big Ten Championships this Saturday at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. The meet is split into two sessions, with Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State competing in the evening session that is scheduled to start 4:05 p.m. (CT). Iowa, Illinois, Maryland and Rutgers will compete in the first session which is slated to begin at 11:05 a.m. (CT). Both sessions will be televised live on Big Ten Network.

The Cornhuskers (15-3, 7-2 Big Ten) enter the championships as winners of three consecutive meets, including a victory in last week’s B1G Five Meet in Columbus, Ohio, to qualify for the evening session. NU’s team score of 197.000 was its second-highest score of the season and second-consecutive week at or above 197.000. As a team, the Huskers set season-highs with scores of 49.375 on beam and 49.475 on floor. Following Saturday’s performance, Nebraska’s Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) is up to 196.535.

Husker gymnasts Hollie Blanske and Grace Williams were named first-team All-Big Ten this week, while Jennie Laeng and Danielle Breen earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. This is the second-consecutive first-team All-Big Ten honor for Blanske after she was named second-team All-Big Ten in 2014. The honor is the first All-Big Ten award for Williams, Laeng and Breen.

“It’s an incredible accomplishment to be named to these all-conference teams,” Nebraska Coach Dan Kendig said. “The quality of gymnastics in the Big Ten Conference keeps getting stronger and stronger, and this is quite an honor for all four of our gymnasts.”

At the B1G Five Meet last week, Breen won her second all-around title in three weeks, tying her career high with a score of 39.475. Breen also picked up an event title on beam, which she shared with teammate Megan Schweihofer, with both scoring 9.925s. Williams shared the bars title with a score of 9.875, while Blanske and Laeng tied for the floor exercise title with scores of 9.925.

Nebraska finished third at the Big Ten Championships last season with a score of 196.875. The Huskers have won 24 conference championships in program history, with the last coming in 2013. NU has produced 108 individual conference champions, including Laeng, who was the 2015 Big Ten co-champion on bars, and Blanske, who was the 2013 Big Ten co-champion on vault.

Also competing in the evening session is Michigan, which has won the last two conference championships meets, and Minnesota, which won the 2016 regular season title with a perfect 9-0 conference record. Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State round out the lineup for the evening session.

NU will begin the meet on floor before moving to vault, uneven bars and balance beam, with byes in the third and sixth rotations. The meet will be televised live on BTN and streamed on BTN2go.com with Dean Linke and Shawn Johnson on the call. Live scoring will be available for the meet at Huskers.com. Tickets are good for both sessions and are on sale now. Fans are asked to pick up a wristband before leaving the first session to be allowed re-entry. For tickets, log on to huskers.com/tickets or call 1-800-8-BIG-RED.

Notes to Know

Big Ten Championships Ticket Information
The University of Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office has begun to sell tickets for the 2016 Big Ten Championships, hosted by Nebraska on March 19. General admission tickets for an all-day, two-session pass are $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and UNL students. Children six years and younger are allowed $1 admission. The first session will start at 11:05 a.m. (CT) and the second session will follow at 4:05 p.m. For more information, go to Huskers.com/tickets.

Huskers Earn All-Big Ten Honors
Nebraska senior Hollie Blanske and sophomore Grace Williams were named first-team All-Big Ten, the conference announced Monday. Junior Jennie Laeng and sophomore Danielle Breen earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. This is the second-consecutive first-team all-conference honor for Blanske after she was named second-team All-Big Ten in 2014. The award is the first All-Big Ten honor for Williams, Laeng and Breen.

Breen Leads Huskers at B1G Five
Sophomore Danielle Breen continued her strong performances last Saturday at the B1G Five Meet in Columbus, Ohio. Breen won her second all-around title in three weeks with a score of 39.475 at the B1G Five Meet, tying her career high. Breen began competing all-around at the Masters Classic on Feb. 27, and has racked up two first-place finishes and one second-place performance as a result. Breen also won her third consecutive balance beam title, which she shared with teammate Megan Schweihofer, with a score of 9.925 in Columbus.

Blanske Continues Floor Dominance
Senior Hollie Blanske won her third consecutive floor exercise title last Saturday at the B1G Five Meet, scoring a 9.925 to tie for the title with teammate Jennie Laeng. Blanske now has six floor titles on the year and has hit 9.95 routines three times this season.

Television/Internet Stream Schedule
Both sessions of the Big Ten Championships this Saturday will be shown live on BTN and streamed on BTN2go.com.

Path to the Championships – Evening Session 

The evening session of the Big Ten Championships, which begins at 4:05 p.m. (CT), is comprised of the six teams that were top-three finishers at last week’s B1G Five Meets in Columbus, Ohio, and University Park, Pa. The other four teams will compete in the morning session of the Big Ten Championships, which begins at 11:05 a.m. (CT). Nebraska won the B1G Five Meet in Columbus with a score of 197.000, followed by Michigan State with a season-high score of 196.350, and hosts Ohio State with a score of 196.100. Minnesota won the B1G Five Meet in University Park with a score of 197.425, followed by hosts Penn State with a score of 197.125 and Michigan with a score of 196.875.

Path to the Championships – Morning Session
In the Columbus B1G Five Meet, Illinois finished fourth with a score of 195.950, followed by Maryland with a score of 195.500. Iowa finished fourth in the University Park B1G Five Meet with a score of 196.650, followed by Rutgers with a score of 194.550.

Scouting the Conference – Evening Session
Michigan is ranked 7th in the nation with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 197.085. The Wolverines are 11-6 on the season and 6-3 in Big Ten competition. Michigan has won the Big Ten championship in each of the last two seasons. Nebraska defeated the Wolverines by a score of 196.775-196.550 at the Devaney Center on Jan. 29.

Michigan State is 10-10 on the season with a 4-6 record in Big Ten competition. The Spartans are ranked 36th in the nation with an RQS of 195.310. Nebraska defeated Michigan State, which scored a 196.350, at the B1G Five Meet last weekend.

Minnesota was the 2016 Big Ten regular-season champions with a perfect 9-0 conference record and an 18-1 record overall. The Golden Gophers have an RQS of 196.395, which is 16th in the nation. Minnesota defeated the Huskers by a score of 196.300-196.100 on Feb. 12.

Ohio State is 7-8-1 on the season with a 3-6 record in Big Ten competition. The Buckeyes are ranked 29th in the nation with an RQS of 195.765. Nebraska defeated OSU, which scored a 196.100, at the B1G Five Meet last weekend.

Penn State is 11-7 on the season with a 6-3 record in Big Ten action. The Nittany Lions are ranked 28th in the nation with an RQS of 195.800 this season. The Huskers defeated PSU by a score of 196.150-194.575 on Jan. 16.

Scouting the Conference – Morning Session
Illinois is 9-7 on the season with a 4-6 record in Big Ten competition. The Fighting Illini are ranked 25th in the nation with an RQS of 195.875. The Huskers defeated Illinois, which scored a 195.950, at the B1G Five Meet last week.

Iowa is 10-8 on the season with a 6-3 record in Big Ten competition. The Hawkeyes are ranked 18th in the nation with an RQS of 196.330. Iowa defeated the Huskers by a score of 196.650-196.350 on Feb. 6.

Maryland is 7-15 on the season and 0-9 in Big Ten action. The Terrapins are ranked 38th in the nation with an RQS of 195.235. The Huskers defeated Maryland, which scored a 195.500, at the B1G Five Meet last Saturday.

Rutgers is 10-14 on the season and 1-8 in Big Ten competition. The Scarlet Knights are ranked 40th in the nation with an RQS of 194.885. Nebraska defeated RU by a score of 195.825-193.075 on Jan. 23.

Looking Ahead 
Nebraska will await selection for the NCAA Regionals, with the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships Selection show being held next Monday, March 21, at 3 p.m. (CT) on NCAA.com. The championship features a field of 36 teams determined based on their regional qualifying score and seeded by the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee. Included in the championship field are also 24 all-around competitors and 48 individual event specialists (all of whom are not on a qualifying team). NCAA Regionals will be held on April 2 at six predetermined campus sites.