No. 10 Nebraska defeats Iowa St.
NU overcomes deficit heading into final rotation
LINCOLN, Neb.- No. 10 Nebraska sent its seniors out in style with a 196.30-195.575 victory against Iowa State Sunday at the Devaney Center. In front of 1,140 fans, Nebraska honored seniors Erin Davis, Brittnee Habbib, Maria Scaffidi and Maddie Steinauer , and posted event scores of 49.00 or better on vault, bars and floor. The Huskers are now 9-7 (4-1 Big 12) on the year.
The 21st-ranked Iowa State gymnastics team led Nebraska after three rotations Sunday in the Devaney Center, but an impressive 49.450 floor score in the final rotation by the Cornhuskers pushed them past the Cyclones.
NU took top honors on vault, where Jamie Schleppenbach hit a career-high 9.95. Emily Wong and Maria Scaffidi took top honors on bars, each hitting a 9.90. Lora Evenstad tabbed her eighth floor crown of the season with a 9.925.
Nebraska started the meet on vault where Schleppenbach led the way with a career-high 9.95 to take the event title. Brittany Skinner, Lora Evenstad and Erin Davis all posted scores of 9.90 to tie for second-place, marking a career-high-tying mark for Skinner. Maddie Steinauer hit a 9.825, and Nebraska ended the first rotation with a vault total of 49.475, ahead of Iowa State’s bars total of 49.125.
The Huskers moved to bars as Wong and Scaffidi each tabbed scores of 9.90 to tie for first place. The score was a career-high mark for Wong. Janelle Giblin, Brittnee Habbib and Evenstad all tallied scores of 9.85, matching Habbib’s season high. NU notched a bars score of 49.35 and a running score of 98.825, giving them the lead over the Cyclones (98.025) at the halfway point of the meet.
NU continued to beam where Maddie Steinauer and Schleppenbach led the Huskers, both notching a 9.80. Scaffidi added a 9.775, while Wong and Skinner each posted a 9.325. Nebraska finished with a beam total of 48.025. Heading into the final rotation Iowa State led NU, 147.125-146.85.
Nebraska capped the day on floor as Evenstad took her eighth floor title of the year with a career-high-tying 9.925. David tied her career-high mark of 9.90, while Wong, Scaffidi and Steinauer all tabbed scores of 9.875, marking a career-high for Wong and Steinauer.
Iowa State (7-5-2/1-3 Big 12) junior Michelle Browning won the all-around competition with a score of 39.225. Browning had been ill all morning, and it was questionable if she was going to compete at all Sunday.
“Other than us having to count a fall on beam I was very impressed the performance of the team,” Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne said. “We got a gutsy performance from Michelle Browning who was very ill all day and before the meet. We weren’t even sure if she was going to be able to compete today until after warm-ups.”
Senior Jody McKellar set a new career high with a tally of 9.875 en route to winning the beam title. Freshman Camille Santerre-Gervais equaled her career high with a score of 9.900 on bars, good enough for a first-place tie on the apparatus.
The Cyclones’ team tally of 195.575 was their highest tally away from Hilton Coliseum this season.
Iowa State also saw career-best efforts from Elizabeth Stranahan on floor with a 9.900, the highest floor score by a Cyclone this season. Alex Grant’s 9.750 on floor was her career high, while Celine Paulus posted a new personal best on bars (9.850). Shea Anderson also delivered a career-high-tying 9.850 on vault.
The Cyclones posted a season-best 48.900 on vault, led by Anderson’s 9.850. Iowa State was just short of a season best on floor with its score of 49.100. The team posted 49.200 on floor against Iowa on Feb. 18.