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Masters Classic, 3/4/18

Nebraska women's gymnastics head coach Dan Kendig (in blue) talks to his team following their final rotation on floor exercise during the Masters Classic last week at the Devaney Sports Center.

KAYLA WOLF, Journal Star

The Nebraska women's gymnastics team needed a breath after last week.

After two meets in three days, with a travel day between, the No. 13 Huskers got the upward trend in results they wanted to see heading into the final month of the season.

So it's take a breath, be proud of the results, but then back to the gym to keep plugging away, NU senior Danielle Breen said.

"Because we're getting better and we still have so much left in us, so much room that we can still get better," Breen said after Sunday's Masters Classic. "So just kind of using it as fuel to … motivate us."

After coming off a season-best score of 197.175 at the Masters Classic, where Nebraska finished second to No. 2 UCLA, the Huskers return to the road with Friday's 5:45 p.m. meet against No. 5 Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

"Florida is the place to be," senior Abbie Epperson said after the Masters Classic. "I don't think any of us have ever competed at the O'Dome (Florida's O'Connell Center) before, so we are all extremely excited to go down and get some sunshine and have another great meet.

"Quick turnaround, but we are ready for it."

An opportunity for another big meet also comes at a critical point in the schedule, as Nebraska (11-2, 5-0 Big Ten) looks to strengthen its regional qualifying score (RQS).

The RQS is calculated by taking a team's three best away scores and the next best three scores, with the top score thrown out and the remaining five averaged. The top 36 teams are then seeded into six regionals from there.

That means the Huskers are throwing out Sunday's Masters Classic score but are still counting a 196.175 (at Oklahoma) and a 195.675 (at Iowa) as its two lowest road scores.

"We need another really, really good away score, and I think we'll be off and running," Nebraska head coach Dan Kendig said Sunday.

So at No. 13, Nebraska is effectively the top No. 3 seed, with the goal to rise to a No. 1 or No. 2 seed (top 12).

"We still have the ability to burn one of them (the low scores)," Kendig said. "We have three meets left. So I wouldn't mind burning something we already have. I want to burn those other two for sure."

Those three meets are all on the road — Friday at Florida, followed by the B1G Five Meet in East Lansing, Michigan, and the Big Ten Championships (which count for the RQS) in Champaign, Illinois.

So there are opportunities, starting with Big Ten titles, there for the taking.

"All of our goals are still right in front of us," Kendig said on Wednesday.

Reach the writer at or 402-473-2646. On Twitter @ClintRobus.


Digital sports editor

Clint Robus is the digital and assistant sports editor at the Journal Star.

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