NU WGYM Wins at Rutgers

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

Vault Efforts Power No. 6 Huskers to Victory at Rutgers

New Brunswick, N.J. – The No. 6 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team captured three individual event titles including the all-around competition to finish first place in a quad meet at Rutgers. The Huskers, tabbed a 196.25 to top Rutgers, who finished with a 195.375, Southern Connecticut (190.450) and Brockport (188.075).

Ashley Lambert broke records today as she posted yet another perfect 10.00 on vault to become the first Nebraska gymnast to post back-to-back 10’s on an event. Her second consecutive perfect 10.00 score should catapult her into the top three nationally on the event. Senior Jessie DeZiel had a notable afternoon as she took home the bars title (9.90) en-route to her first all-around crown of the season. Hollie Blanske and Grace Williams both put together key floor routines to take a share in the floor title with a 9.90 mark.

The Huskers started the afternoon on bars where they produced their season high team mark of 49.200. All five gymnasts scored above a 9.80, including DeZiel who captured her season-high 9.90 in the rotation. Blanske followed up with a 9.85, while the duo of Danielle Breen and Jennie Laeng tabbed identical 9.825 marks. On her first bar routine of the season Jennifer Lauer picked up at 9.80 to round out the Big Red bars squad.

Rutgers posted a 48.975 on vault, while Southern Connecticut picked up a mark of 47.475 and Brockport a 47.400. After one full rotation NU jumped out to a key lead to start the meet.

Nebraska battled uncharacteristic struggles in their second rotation on beam, fighting to their lowest total on the event in over two years of 48.250. NU was led by Laeng who collected a 9.85, while the duo of DeZiel and Williams tacked on 9.825 scores. Breen produced a solid 9.70 effort but, in recording two falls on the event Blanske’s 9.05 mark was needed for the fifth routine count.

Rutgers led all squads in the second rotation, earning a 49.100 on bars. With two events down, Rutgers led the meet with a 98.075. The Huskers fell to second with a 97.450, while Southern Connecticut (95.475) and Brockport (93.700) rounded out the scores.

NU bounced back to take the lead in its third rotation on floor notching a 49.200 team mark. The Huskers were fuled by the 9.90 duo of Blanske and Williams. The 9.90 score is Williams’ new career high score. Desire’ Stephens in her exciting routine added on a 9.85 while Moore chipped in a 9.725.

Heading into the fourth rotation the Huskers took back the lead from Rutgers as they posted a 48.425 score on beam. Nebraska held a 146.65 lead over all four teams.

NU carried their momentum onto vault where the Huskers put together yet another seamless vault rotation hitting an incredible 49.600 team score. Ashley Lambert paved the way soaring to a perfect 10.00, her second in two weeks. NU showed consistency as Blanske tied her career-high mark of 9.95, as DeZiel and Moore snagged 9.90 marks. The No. 1 vault team in the nation now averages a 49.50 mark on the event.

The Huskers return to action next Saturday Jan. 31 as they will take on No. 4 Michigan in a Big Ten battle between the top two teams in the conference. The matchup held at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor will start a 3 p.m. CT. This meet will potentially decide the Big Ten regular season champions, as the Huskers took that title last year.

Name

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

All-Around

Hollie Blanske

9.95

9.85

9.05

9.90

38.75

Danielle Breen

9.825

9.70

Jessie DeZiel

9.90

9.90

9.825

9.725

39.35

Jennie Laeng

9.85

9.825

9.85

Ashley Lambert

10.00

Amanda Lauer

Jennifer Lauer

9.80

8.30

Ariel Martin

Madison McConkey

Kamerin Moore

9.90

9.825

Desire’ Stephens

9.825

9.85

Grace Williams

9.75

9.825

9.90

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Nebraska

49.60

49.200

48.25

49.200

196.250

Rutgers

48.975

49.100

48.425

48.875

195.375

Southern Conn.

48.000

47.175

47.800

47.475

190.450

Brockport

48.125

46.250

47.400

46.300

188.075