Nebraska Cornhuskers women's gymnastics

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Nebraska Cornhuskers Women's Gymnastics
Year founded: 1975
University-of-Nebraska-Lincoln-logo.svg
City Lincoln, NE
Team Mascot Herbie Husker; Lil' Red
Team Colors Scarlet and cream
Head Coach Dan Kendig
Home Stadium
League/Conference affiliations

Conference History:

Team history as of December 2012:

Big 8 Championships

  • 1978, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996

Big 12 Championships

  • 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007

Big Ten Championships

  • 2011, 2012

NCAA Tournament Appearances

  • 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011

NCAA Individual Champions

  • 5

The Nebraska Cornhuskers represent the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Women’s Gymnastics. The team was first established in 1975.

History[edit]

The team was first established in 1975 without a coach. After the first season, the school hired head coach Karen Balke to lead a team of all freshman and sophomores for one year. Judy Schalk took over as head coach in 1977 until 1983. She led the Huskers to five conference titles and to one AIWA bid. In 1983, Rick Walton was hired to serve as head coach and led the Huskers to their first NCAA women’s gym event title when Michele Bryant came in first place on the vault. He captured four straight Big 8 championship titles and led the huskers to the NCAAs four times in a row.

After the 1993 season, Rick Walton left the program and Dan Kendig was brought in. In his first year he became the Big 12 coach of the year after leading the Huskers to a Big 8 championship. In 1997 the Huskers reached the Super Six Finals for the first time by beating No. 1 ranked Utah. Kendig was named national coach of the year in 1999 after earning 6 conference championships in a row. Kendig's team has won four event titles when Heather Brink won two NCAA event titles in all around and vault in 2000 and Richelle Simpson won the all around title and the floor exercise title in 2003. The huskers have never had a losing season.

2009 season[edit]

On March 23, 2009 the Nebraska Cornhuskers gymnastics team wqw seeded No. 13 in the NCAA National Championships' Southeast Regional (Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, North Carolina, Host: North Carolina State University). They will be competing with No. 1 Georgia, No. 12 Penn State, No. 21 West Virginia, No. 29 North Carolina State, and No. 30 North Carolina on Saturday, Apr. 4. The team finished in 3rd place and was not invited to the NCAA tournament.

NCAA Individual Champions[edit]

  • 1990 Michele Bryant: Vault
  • 2000 Heather Brink: All around
  • 2000 Heather Brink: Vault
  • 2003 Richelle Simpson: All around
  • 2003 Richelle Simpson: Floor exercise

References[edit]