Huskers Defeat Cyclones in First Road Meet

By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations

The top-ranked Nebraska women's gymnastics team captured all five event titles and improved its record to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones, 195.775-193.925, in Ames, Iowa on Friday night.

Along with winning all five event titles, the Husker gymnasts placed the top two scores on every event except the floor exercise, while also placing the top three all-arounders in Lora Evenstad (39.450), Jessie DeZiel (39.40) and Emily Wong (39.225), who competed as an all-arounder for the first time in her career.

Head coach Dan Kendig said he was happy the Huskers came out of Ames with a victory, but is looking forward to this week of practice as the Huskers look to improve on their routines.

"I say the biggest thing to take away from this meet is we came out of it just as healthy was we came into it," Kendig said. "I think we could have competed a little bit better, been a little tougher. We have to stay more focused on handstands and those kinds of things. On a meet like this, we'll make some adjustments and get to work. I'm excited for practice this week."

Nebraska jumped out of the gate on the balance beam, scoring their second-highest event score of the night at 49.10. Janelle Giblin took home her second consecutive bars title with a score of 9.90. Evenstad finished in second with a 9.875, while DeZiel recorded a 9.80.

Following the uneven bars, the Huskers competed in the vault where they would have two true freshmen in the lineup in DeZiel and Jennifer Lauer, who was seeing her first action as a Husker. Lauer finished fifth in the vault with a 9.80, while DeZiel tied Wong for the event title, both scoring 9.875. Jamie Schleppenbach and Evenstad each scored a 9.85 to tie for 3rd-place.

With a 98.35-96.725 advantage through the first two events, the Huskers moved onto the floor exercise where Evenstad took the event title with her second 9.90 this season. Wong posted the second highest score with a 9.850, while DeZiel scored a 9.825. Both Schleppenbach and Lauer scored 9.50s on their floor routines.

DeZiel posted a career-high 9.90 on the beam to take home the Huskers final event title of the night. Schleppenbach had her best performance of the night on the beam, where she posted a 9.85, and Evenstad scored a 9.825 to finish third in the event.

The Huskers return to action next Saturday, Jan. 28, when they host the Missouri Tigers at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at 6 p.m.

Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations


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