NU WGYM: Husker Down Iowa on Pink Night

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The No. 7 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team exploded for a season-high 197.325 to defeat Iowa at the Pink Meet Saturday night. Iowa (2-4, 1-3 Big Ten) picked up a 195.175 against the Huskers in front of a crowd of 2,056 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) swept all four events and the all-around competition.

Jessie DeZiel and Hollie Blanske went head to head in the all-around competition as DeZiel captured the vault (9.925), and beam title (9,925) en-route to her 39.550 all-around crown. Blanske also took a share of the vault title with DeZiel and Ashley Lambert while also taking home the floor crown with a 9.925. Sophomore Jennie Laeng captured her second bars event title of the season while earning her new career high score of 9.90.

The Huskers kicked the evening off on their best event. The No. 1 vault team in the country put up an impressive 49.475 mark. The Huskers were fueled by DeZiel, Blanske and Lambert’s beautiful 9.925 scores. Jennie Laeng added a strong 9.875 score to tie her career-high, while Desire’ Stephens chipped in a 9.825.

Iowa started on bars posting a team score of 48.925. The Hawkeyes were led by Johanny Sotillo who notched a 9.825. With one rotation in the books, NU led 49.475-48.925.

The Big Red moved to bars for the second rotation producing a 49.025 score. Laeng paved the way sticking her new career-high mark of 9.90. The trio of Moore, Blanske and DeZiel all added on 9.80 scores, while Danielle Breen’s 9.775 rounded out the lineup.

The Hawkeyes recorded a 48.275 on vault to push their team score to 97.200. After two events NU extended its lead of 98.550-97.200.

Led by Jessie DeZiel’s career high 9.925 score Nebraska took to the beam earning a season high of 49.325. Jennifer Lauer bounced back this week on beam hitting her season-high mark of 9.875 while the duo of Blanske and Williams tacked on 9.85 scores.

Iowa moved to floor picking up a 48.875 led by Sydney Hoerr’s 9.875 score. Heading into the fourth and final rotation the Huskers held a 147.875-146.075.

Nebraska finished with a season high 49.450 score on floor led by Blanske’s 9.925 routine. DeZiel and Lambert both tacked on 9.90 performances while Williams recorded a 9.875. Stephens put up a 9.85 score to round out the lineup.

Iowa posted a 49.100 in their final rotation on beam. The Hawkeyes were paced by Alie Glover’s 9.875 routine. Iowa finished with a 195.175 on the evening, but it would not be enough to overcome Nebraska’s 197.325.

The Huskers will hit the road next weekend for the third time this season heading to Minneapolis, Minn. for a Big Ten matchup against the Minnesota Gophers on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. The Huskers and the Gophers both took a share of the Big Ten regular season title last season and aim to do the same this year. Minnesota (3-2, 2-1 Big Ten) have seen success this season only falling to Maryland in early January. The Gophers are led by Lindsay Mable who is currently ranked No. 11 overall in the all-around competition.

Name

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

All-Around

Hollie Blanske

9.925

9.80

9.85

9.925

39.500

Danielle Breen

9.775

9.825

Jessie DeZiel

9.925

9.80

9.925

9.90

39.550

Jennie Laeng

9.875

9.90

9.725

Ashley Lambert

9.925

9.75

9.90

Amanda Lauer

Jennifer Lauer

9.875

Ariel Martin

Madison McConkey

Kamerin Moore

9.775

9.80

9.80

Desire’ Stephens

9.825

9.85

Grace Williams

9.85

9.875

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Nebraska

49.475

49.075

49.325

49.325

197.325

Iowa

48.275

48.925

49.10

48.875

195.175