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Another night at the NCAA Championships, and another slow start for the Nebraska women's gymnastics team on the uneven bars.

But just like the semifinals, the No. 7 Huskers didn't fold, left the bars behind and closed out Saturday's Super Six team final in St. Louis on a tear.

Nebraska couldn't quite catch Utah, finishing with a 196.800 total, one-tenth behind the Utes (196.900) for sixth.

And it was a slow start on bars again that put Nebraska behind the eight-ball on the first rotation. The Huskers' top two bars performers, Sienna Crouse and Taylor Houchin, scored a 9.5875 and 9.500, respectively, and Nebraska had to count Crouse's score toward a 48.825 total.

But the balance beam, for a second night in a row, put the Huskers back on track. Kynsee Roby started with a 9.850 and Grace Williams capped it with a 9.8875 in her final beam routine for a 49.275 total.

Megan Schweihofer closed the floor exercise with a 9.925, while Crouse added a 9.900 and Roby had a career-high 9.8625 toward a 49.400 total.

And Crouse helped put the exclamation point on the night for the Huskers with her 9.9625 vault, the top score of the night. Schweihofer added a career-high 9.9125 vault toward the 49.300 total.

It was Nebraska's 12th Super Six appearance and first since 2014, when the Huskers finished fifth. The NCAA will move toward a Final Four format next year, meaning it was the last year of the Super Six final.

And the final night of the Super Six had no shortage of big routines and clutch performances. But no gymnast was as big-time as UCLA's Peng-Peng Lee.

The fifth-year senior posted a perfect 10.000 on balance beam, the Bruins' final routine of the night, to give No. 3 UCLA the 198.0750-198.0375 edge over No. 1 Oklahoma and knock off the two-time defending champion Sooners.

It's the Bruins' seventh national title and first since 2010.

Lee also posted a perfect 10 earlier on the bars, as UCLA set a Super Six team final record on bars (49.6375) and an overall championships team record on the beam (49.750).

For the night, there were 39 individual routines that scored above a 9.900.

This story will be updated.


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