The Bridgeport, Northern Illinois and Sacramento State gymnastics teams will visit Lincoln on Saturday for the 26th annual Masters Classic.
Host Nebraska (7-3, 3-2 Big Ten) will compete in a quad meet for the second time in six days after finishing second at the Iowa State quad last Sunday. Hollie Blanske, a senior from Oak Grove, Minnesota, won her third all-around title, finishing with a 39.475. Blanske also picked up her first event titles in both vault and uneven bars, finishing with scores of 9.875 in both events.
“I am so proud of Hollie,” Coach Dan Kendig said. “She had a great day. Some people really stepped up and did a great job on Sunday and Hollie was one of them.”
Bridgeport is 13-6 and the top-ranked team in Division II. Northern Illinois is 6-6 and Sacramento 7-4.
The NU men’s team will take on Iowa and Penn State on Saturday. The Iowa City triangular will start at 1 p.m.
The Huskers (5-4, 0-1) are ranked No. 6 in the College Gymnastics Association’s Poll and moved up one spot to No. 7 in the Coaches Poll.
NU posted the second-highest score in school history (428.700) against the Sooners on Feb. 6 and hopes to build on that momentum Saturday.
Iowa (3-8, 1-5) is ranked No. 7 in the GGA Poll and No. 6 in the Coaches Poll.One of the team’s most explosive gymnasts is senior Matthew Loochtan, who is ranked 13th nationally in the all-around and 10th in still rings.
Penn State (4-2, 1-2) is eighth in both polls.