Huskers Win Ninth Big 12 Gymnastics Championship
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 03/19/2011
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
The 11th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers captured their ninth overall Big 12 Gymnastics Championship, snapping a streak of three-straight crowns by the Sooners, to edge OU by .275 points Saturday at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.

Nebraska finished with a total score of 196.775, while OU scored 196.500. Iowa State took third (195.150) and Missouri fourth (194.975).

Nebraska led through all rotations to earn its first crown since 2007. The Huskers topped the vault, bars and floor events and were paced by senior Erin Davis, who entered the meet No. 1 nationally on vault. Davis held true to the rank, taking the event title with a score of 9.925, while also claiming the floor crown with a mark of 9.900. Her 9.925 vault score is the highest in the event since 2005. Maria Scaffidi captured the individual bars title to give NU three total en route to their team crown.

The Huskers tallied 10 top four event finishers, while OU recorded nine. The Huskers had three top finishers on vault, bars and floor while the Sooners finished with three of the top four marks on beam. 

Oklahoma recorded its fourth-straight beam title as Megan Ferguson and Natahsa Kelley both hit 9.925. In the all-around, Missouri's Mary Burke took top honors with a final mark of 39.300.

At the conclusion of the meet, the Conference also announced the annual awards as determined by a pre-championship vote of the league's head coaches.

Iowa State's Michelle Browning earned Gymnast of the Year honors, while true freshman Michelle Shealy was recognized as the Newcomer of the Year.

Nebraska's Davis earned the inaugural Event Specialist of the Year award, while Husker head coach Dan Kendig was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career.

The All-Big 12 Championship team was selected at the conference championship, which included the top four finishers plus ties from each event and the all-around competition.

The Championship will be tape-delayed on FSN on Sunday. The announcement of the NCAA Regional fields will be on Monday, March 21, 2011.

Final Team Results

Team Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
Nebraska           49.275 49.200 49.050 49.250 196.775
Oklahoma 49.050 48.900 49.450 49.100 196.500
Iowa State 48.425 48.825 48.875 49.025 195.150
Missouri 48.750 48.725 48.750 48.750 194.975


All-Big 12 Championship Team:
Vault: Erin Davis, Nebraska (9.925); Alex Gold, Missouri (9.900); Sara Stone, Oklahoma (9.875); Janelle Giblin, Nebraska (9.85); Jamie Schleppenbach, Nebraska (9.85)
Bars: Maria Scafiddi, Nebraska (9.900); Mary Burke, Missouri (9.85); Lora Evenstad, Nebraska (9.85); Brittany Skinner, Nebraska (9.85); Brie Olson, Oklahoma (9.85); Natasha Kelley, Oklahoma (9.85); Hayden Ward, Oklahoma (9.85)

Beam: Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma (9.925); Natasha Kelley, Oklahoma (9.925); Emily Wong, Nebraska (9.900); Natalie Ratcliff, Oklahoma (9.900)

Floor: Erin Davis, Nebraska (9.900); Kayla Nowak, Oklahoma (9.900); Lora Evenstad, Nebraska (9.875); Mary Burke, Missouri (9.85); Michelle Browning, Iowa State (9.85); Maddie Steinauer, Nebraska (9.85); Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma (9.85)

All-Around: Mary Burke, Missouri (39.30); Michelle Browning, Iowa State (39.150); Lauren Swankoski, Missouri (39.10); Alex Gold, Missouri (39.050)

2011 BIG 12 AWARDS
Gymnast of the Year:
Michelle Browning, Iowa State
Event Specialist of the Year: Erin Davis, Nebraska
Newcomer of the Year: Michelle Shealy, Iowa State
Coach of the Year: Dan Kendig, Nebraska

< Back to Gymnastics