Huskers Finish Third at Stanford Open

By: COURTESY: NU Media Relations
By: COURTESY: NU Media Relations

Stanford, Calif.-The No. 9 Nebraska men's gymnastics team posted a team score of 332.600 to finish third at the Stanford Open on Saturday night. No. 6 Stanford finished in first (348.400), while No. 5 California took second place (339.000) and Washington finished in fourth (251.200).

Freshman Grant Perdue led the Huskers on the night, cracking the top three of both floor exercise and vault. Perdue posted a 14.80 on floor exercise before adding a 14.70 on vault.

Additionally, senior Andreas Hofer tacked on a fourth-place finish in the all-around competition with a mark of 81.50. Sophomores C.J. Schaaf and Eric Schryver finished fourth and fifth in parallel bars with marks of 14.20 and 14.10, respectively.

NU had a strong night on floor exercise, posting a mark of 57.40, three points higher than their season average. Perdue led the way for the Huskers, assisted by Hofer's score of 14.50 and freshman Hayden Henrioulle's 14.10 mark. Sophomore Wyatt Aycock also contributed a score of 14.00 for the Huskers.

The Huskers also had a strong showing on high bar, led by Schryver's mark of 14.00. Freshman Connor Stillwell added a 13.90 and senior Will Eastman posted a 13.80 to help NU reach its team mark of 55.20 on the event.

Nebraska fell behind on pommel horse and vault, normally two of the team's strongest events. The Big Red posted a team score of 53.80 on horse, slightly lower than its season average of 55.225. Hofer's mark of 13.80 led the Huskers on horse. NU added a mark of 56.10 on vault, paced by Perdue's third-place score as well as freshman Gabriel Jolley's mark of 14.20.

The Huskers will move to 4-4 overall on the season, while Stanford rises to 4-1 and California moves to 3-2. Nebraska will have two weeks of preparation before opening Big Ten competition in Iowa City against No. 13 Iowa and No. 8 Minnesota. The meet is slated for a 7 p.m. start on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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