CORVALLIS, Ore. — No. 10 Nebraska posted a score of 196.55 Saturday night at Oregon State University’s Gill Coliseum to finish second at the NCAA Corvallis Regional and earn a berth to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio April 15-17.
“We’re excited,” Head Coach Dan Kendig said. “I’m just happy for this team. They made a commitment this year; they have worked hard and got better each day. We’ve stayed healthy and are ready to go. We feel like we have more in us, we’re ready to head to Nationals.”
The Huskers (16-8) scored a 49.0 or better on vault, bars and floor to secure the 20th NCAA Championships appearance in school history. NU is making is making its second-consecutive NCAA Championships appearance. Nebraska finished second behind Oregon State (197.025), and ahead of Michigan State (194.525), San Jose State (194.425), Iowa (193.925) and Southern Utah (193.775).
Erin Davis and Lora Evenstad each earned an event title on the day. Davis tied for first on vault with a score of 9.875, while Evenstad hit a 9.90 on floor for first-place. The regional event title was the second of Davis’ career and first for Evenstad.
Nebraska opened the meet on beam, where Emily Wong led the way with a 9.875, and Brittnee Habbib hit a score of 9.85, tying her career high for the seventh time. Maddie Steinauer posted a 9.825, while Brittany Skinner added a 9.775, and Jamie Schleppenbach posted a 9.625. Nebraska finished the first rotation with a beam total of 48.95.
Following a bye, NU went to floor where Evenstad notched a 9.90 on the event to tie for first-place. Davis tabbed a 9.875, while Scaffidi hit a 9.85. Janelle Giblin and Steainuer both tallied a 9.825, giving NU a floor total of 49.275. At the halfway point of the meet, Nebraska stood in second (98.225), behind Oregon State (98.45), but ahead of Michigan State (97.075), San Jose State (96.60), Southern Utah (96.575) and Iowa (96.125).
The Huskers continued on vault where Davis led the team with a mark of 9.875 to tie for first. Evenstad hit a 9.85, and Schleppenbach added a 9.825. Steinauer posted a 9.80, and Giblin notched a 9.75, earning Nebraska an event total of 49.10.
After their second bye, the Huskers finished the evening on bars where Giblin posted a 9.875 to tie her career high for the fifth time. Habbib and Evenstad both hit marks of 9.85, a season-high-tying score for Habbib, and Wong and Skinner each tabbed a 9.825. Nebraska tallied an event score of 49.225 and a total of 196.55 on the evening.
“There is no question this is one of the scariest meets,” Kendig said. “Anything can happen. Now that it is over I am very happy. Every time we do something, it’s a total a team effort. Total team effort, no question about it.”
Nebraska will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17, for the NCAA Championships held at the Wolstein Center.