No. 6 Huskers Defeat Top-Ranked Utah
Freshman Emily Parsons captured two event titles and tied senior Richelle Simpson in the all-around as the sixth-ranked
The Huskers improved to 3-4 on the season, scoring over 49.0 on all four events and setting or tying six season-high individual scores. The win over
Simpson and Parsons starred for the Huskers as they tied for second-place honors in the all-around with a score of 39.475. Parsons claimed the floor (9.925) and vault (9.925) titles, while tying for second (9.90) on beam and finishing 11th on bars (9.725). Simpson tied for second on floor (9.90) and beam (9.90) and also tied for fourth on vault (9.875) and sixth on bars (9.80).
“Emily and Richelle are such a tremendous one-two punch,” NU Coach Dan Kendig said. “They both have beautiful vaults and floor routines and outstanding beam routines. They really seem to feed off each other. The two of them have been wonderful to have in our lineup.”
The Huskers then moved to the uneven bars, where Zabawa led the team with a 9.85 to tie for first place. Simpson and sophomore Kristi Esposito tied for sixth-place honors with a 9.80 each. In addition, Williams and Sniatynski earned a 9.775 each.
NU’s third event of the afternoon was the balance beam, and the Huskers saw a solid performance from Parsons, who set a season high with a 9.90. Simpson also scored a 9.90, as did Saas while tying her season high to force a three-way tie for second. Zabawa scored a season high of her own with a 9.80 in her beam debut, and Carter finished 10th (9.675).
The Huskers capped the competition on floor exercise, where Parsons captured her fifth individual floor title of the year with a 9.925 which equaled her season high. Simpson tied for second with a 9.90, and Carter followed with a season-best 9.875 for a fifth-place finish. Esposito scored a 9.80 to tie for seventh, and Saas finished ninth (9.775). Williams rounded out the Huskers’ floor lineup with a 9.75 to tie for 10th, bringing
“What an incredible competition this was today,” Kendig said. “There were two great teams separated by just five-hundredths of a point at the end. It’s a tribute to
The Huskers continue their month-long home stand with the annual Masters Classic Sunday, Feb. 27 at the