Women’s Gymnastics Wins 19th-Straight Masters Classic
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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics
Lincoln, Neb.–The No. 8 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team (11-2, 4-1 Big Ten) soared to its 19th straight win at the 25th annual Masters Classic with a 197.100 on Sunday, finishing ahead of No. 16 Illinois (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) and San Jose State (9-6).
Senior Jessie DeZiel and Illinois’ Giana O’Connor went head-to-head in the all-around competition throughout the night, leading the way for each team across multiple events. DeZiel paced the Huskers’ vault lineup with her event-winning 9.925 and shared the bars title with O’Connor for her 9.925 score. On beam, senior Jennifer Lauer captured her second event title in three weeks, delivering a 9.90 for her routine. Junior Hollie Blanske paved the way on floor for NU with her beautiful 9.925 performance, capping off the Huskers’ sweep of individual events.
The Huskers began the night on vault after a powerful showing from Laeng and DeZiel. Laeng posted a 9.90 in the leadoff spot for her stuck landing, while DeZiel capped off the rotation with a stuck 9.925. Moore and Stephens put up identical 9.85 marks for their vaults, while Blanske chipped in a 9.825 for her effort. NU took the lead early after one rotation with a 49.350, followed behind by Illinois on bars (49.250) and San Jose State on beam (48.575).
Next NU moved to bars as the team notched its season-best 49.425 paced by four individual career highs. Leading the way for the Big Red was senior Jessie DeZiel, who tied her personal best 9.925. Blanske and Williams added a duo of personal-best 9.90s to keep the momentum going, while Moore and Breen marked a pair of career-best 9.85s. In her 2015 bars debut, Stephens posted a respectable 9.80 to help the Huskers to its best bars score of the season.
Illinois produced a 49.175 on beam to keep the Huskers at bay, paced by Giana O’Connor’s 9.90. The Illini stayed close with NU after two rotations 98.775-98.425. San Jose state remained in third with a 97.150 total.
Nebraska made its way to beam and pushed through some early struggles to earn a 48.975 score. Breen, the leadoff performer, suffered a fall early on but came back to finish a virtually wobble-free routine. Williams picked things back up for NU by notching a 9.825. In her only event of the night, Lauer achieved a near-flawless 9.90 to share the event title with Illinois’ O’Connor. DeZiel capped things off with her 9.825 performance to keep the Huskers in first place.
The Illini closed in on NU’s gap with its 49.075 floor score, led by O’Connor’s 9.90 mark. After three rotations, the Huskers held onto a narrow lead over Illinois 147.750-147.500, while SJSU maintained the third place spot with a 146.150.
The Huskers concluded the meet on floor and delivered a solid 49.350 performance led by Blanske. The junior powered to a season best-tying 9.925 to give NU momentum. DeZiel and Williams recorded identical 9.875 scores to keep things rolling. Moore hit a 9.85 for her routine, as Laeng posted a 9.825 in her floor season debut. Stephens rounded out the rotation with a 9.80 to bring the team total to a 197.100.
Illinois suffered uncharacteristic struggles on vault to pick up a 48.925 on the event. O’Connor paved the way once again for the Illini, scoring a 9.90 for her stuck landing. The Fighting Illini concluded competition with a 196.425, but it was not enough to surpass Nebraska’s 197.100 mark. San Jose State finished in third with a 195.150 team total.
The Huskers will return to the Devaney next weekend once again for a dual against No. 12 Oregon State for Senior Night. The team will honor its class of four seniors in Jessie DeZiel, Amanda Lauer, Jennifer Lauer and Desire’ Stephens with presentations following the conclusion of competition. Meet action is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m.
1. Nebraska- 197.100
2. Illinois- 196.425
3. San Jose State- 195.150