The Nebraska Cornhuskers triumphed at their home meet over Washington, posting a 195.550 to Washington’s 195.250. This was a very tight meet, with both teams tied after two rotations. In the end, Nebraska’s stronger performances on beam and floor gave them an edge over the visiting Huskies.

Both teams had a fall in the first rotation but were able to count five hit routines. Despite a fall on Taylor Houchin’s Yurchenko double full, Nebraska showed powerful Yurchenko fulls and one-and-a-halfs to score a 48.825. Sienna Crouse’s clean Yurchenko one-and-a-half scored a 9.850 to win the event. Washington also scored a 48.825 in the first rotation, coming back from an early fall to show five clean bar routines, with Madison Copiak anchoring the lineup. Copiak scored a 9.875 to place second and posted Washington’s highest score of the day.

In the second rotation, both teams again scored a 48.825. On the uneven bars, Nebraska fought through a fall and some shaky routines to stay even with Washington. Houchin won the event with a 9.900, showing a clean routine featuring a stuck double layout dismount. Washington hit six clean vaults, though form issues and lower start values prevented them from scoring above a 9.800.

Megan Verceles Carr competes on the balance beam for the Nebraska Cornhuskers against the Washington Huskies in Lincoln, Nebraska/Nebraska Athletics

Nebraska began to pull away from Washington on beam in the third rotation. They scored a total of 49.025, highlighted by Sierra Hassel’s 9.900 and two more routines scoring at least a 9.800. By making sure that connections get credited and working on consistency, Nebraska can expect even bigger scores on beam as the season progresses. On the floor exercise, Washington hit six routines to score a total of 48.775, an improvement over the first two rotations. With three gymnasts scoring a 9.800 or higher, this floor lineup will keep Washington a top contender this year.

In the final rotation, both teams kept their momentum going, counting no score lower than a 9.700. Nebraska’s floor lineup featured Houchin’s routine, which scored a 9.875. This lineup has the potential to score into the 49s on floor exercise but will need extremely clean execution. On the balance beam, Maya Washington posted a high score of a 9.825, placing second on the event. The team scored a total of 48.825, capping off a very consistent performance for the Huskies despite the loss on the road to Nebraska to start the season.

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