Husker gymnasts Taylor Houchin, Sierra Hassel and Adnerys De Jesus were honored as first-team All-Big Ten selections, while Kylie Piringer earned second-team Big Ten honors, the conference announced Thursday.
Houchin recorded 13 scores of 9.90 or higher in 2020 and was one of the nation’s best gymnasts on vault. She recorded a National Qualifying Score (NQS) of 9.93 on vault, third highest in the nation and the best in the Big Ten. The senior also won 15 event titles in 2020. Houchin was named the WCGA Region 4 gymnast of the year and also earned WCGA first-team All-America honors.
Hassel, who also was Nebraska’s Big Ten sportsmanship honoree, finished her career as one of the program’s most consistent performers. The senior finished the season 18th on floor exercise with an NQS of 9.915. She was also the second-highest-ranked gymnast on floor in the Big Ten.
Piringer, a freshman, added depth on vault and uneven bars, but her signature event was floor. She recorded three scores of 9.90 and finished the season No. 10 in the Big Ten on the event with an NQS of 9.875.
De Jesus was dismissed from the program May 8 for a violation of team rules. The sophomore won two event titles this past season and posted season-high scores of 9.95 in the vault and 9.90 in the floor exercise.
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