Vault team catapults Nebraska to top finish in quad meet at Rutgers
New Brunswick, N.J. -- The No. 6 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team captured three individual event titles, including the all-around competition to finish first place in a quad meet at Rutgers on Saturday. The Huskers tabbed a 196.25 to top Rutgers, who finished with a 195.375, Southern Connecticut State (190.450) and Brockport (188.075).
Ashley Lambert broke records as she posted yet another perfect 10.00 on vault to become the first Nebraska gymnast to post back-to-back 10’s on an event. Jessie DeZiel had a notable afternoon as she took home the bars title (9.90) en-route to her first all-around crown of the season. Hollie Blanske and Grace Williams both put together key floor routines to take a share in the floor title with a 9.90 mark.
The Huskers started the afternoon on bars where they produced their season high team mark of 49.200. All five gymnasts scored above a 9.80, including DeZiel who captured her season-high 9.90 in the rotation. Blanske followed up with a 9.85, while the duo of Danielle Breen and Jennie Laeng tabbed identical 9.825 marks. Jennifer Lauer picked up at 9.80 on her first bar routine of the season to round out the Big Red bars squad.
Rutgers posted a 48.975 on vault, while Southern Connecticut picked up a mark of 47.475 and Brockport a 47.400. After one full rotation, NU jumped out to a key lead to start the meet.
Nebraska battled uncharacteristic struggles in their second rotation on beam, fighting to their lowest total (48.250) on the event in more than two years. Laeng led Nebraska with a 9.85, while the duo of DeZiel and Williams tacked on 9.825 scores. Breen produced a solid 9.70 effort but, in recording two falls on the event, Blanske’s 9.05 mark was needed for the fifth routine count.
Rutgers led all squads in the second rotation, earning a 49.100 on bars. With two events down, Rutgers led the meet with a 98.075. The Huskers fell to second with a 97.450, while Southern Connecticut State (95.475) and Brockport (93.700) rounded out the scores.
NU bounced back to take the lead in its third rotation on floor, notching a 49.200 team mark. The Huskers were fuled by the 9.90 duo of Blanske and Williams. The 9.90 score is Williams’ new career high score. Desire’ Stephens added on a 9.85 n her exciting routine while Moore chipped in a 9.725.
Heading into the fourth rotation the Huskers took back the lead from Rutgers as they posted a 48.425 score on beam. Nebraska held a 146.65 lead on all four teams.
NU carried their momentum onto vault where the Huskers put together yet another seamless vault rotation, hitting an incredible 49.600 team score. Ashley Lambert paved the way, soaring to a perfect 10.00, her second in two weeks. NU showed consistency as Blanske tied a career-high 9.95, as DeZiel and Moore snagged 9.90 marks. The Huskers, the No. 1 vault team in the nation, now average a 49.50 mark on the event.