Nebraska gymnastics looks to aim higher and past Super Six this season

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The women’s gymnastics team is looking for another season building on Nebraska coach Dan Kendig’s “success breeds success” attitude.

Assistant coach Heather Brink said the four seniors are serving the team as captains and “they’ve really kind of stepped up and taken on a lot of that responsibility.”

Nebraska lost two seniors , Emily Wong and Jamie Schleppenbach, from last season’s team that placed second out of six at the NCAA Regionals.

The Huskers would go on to the semifinals and make it i to the Super Six, where they placed sixth with an overall score of 196.500. Nebraska won eight of its meets last year and had a season-high overall scored of 197.225 at Penn State at February.

This year, the team is aiming even higher.

“I think we are wanting to continue to get better and build off where we were last year,” Brink said. “Until you’re at the top of the podium, there’s always room for improvement.”

The coaches had a meeting at the start of the year to come up with a game plan to get there. Most of it focuses on remaining healthy.

Last year, Jennifer Lauer and Ashley Lambert both suffered from injuries that kept them from competing for a majority of the season. This year, the coaches want to be more cognizant of each athlete’s health.

Additionally, Brink said the team has taken on three really strong freshmen in Kamerin Moore, Grace Williams and Danielle Breen.

The team will showcase its talent for the first time this year Friday night in the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Brink said the focus on taking it easy early in the season might mean some skills are watered down in the meet. Their goal, she said, is to showcase where they are right now.

“The bar has been raised a little bit, and we’re trying to do some things a little bit differently,” Brink said. “We’ve taken a different approach to conditioning. Then, we’ll maintain what we’ve got and really focus on perfecting the gymnastics.”

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