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Connor Adamsick was, literally, a last-minute addition to Nebraska's floor exercise lineup during Friday's team qualifying.

It was a similar situation Saturday. With fellow senior Kyle King battling a shin injury, Adamsick wasn't sure if he'd compete on floor or not.

In fact, he didn't know until the one-touch warmup, just moments before the Huskers began the event.

King couldn't go, Adamsick got the nod, and the senior co-captain went from serving as the first alternate to becoming an All-American.

Adamsick scored a season-high 14.300 to finish fourth on floor exercise during the final day of the NCAA men's gymnastics championships in Chicago. Adamsick is from nearby Mundelein, Illinois.

Joining Adamsick as Husker All-Americans were junior Anton Stephenson, who tied for second on vault, freshman Griffin Kehler, who tied for fifth on floor exercise, and senior Chris Stephenson, who took eighth on parallel bars.

Nebraska finished fifth in the team standings with 403.589 points, topping Friday's 402.690 mark.

Top-ranked Oklahoma, coached by former Husker Mark Williams, won its fourth straight national championship. Minnesota (411.923) was second, Illinois (411.689) third, Stanford (408.725) fourth and Penn State (401.991) sixth.

"I was just trying to enjoy the moment, my last routine ever," Adamsick said. "I landed, I knew I had a good routine, but All-American was the last thing from my mind at that point. It was just taking in that moment, looking around the crowd one more time, looking at my whole family in the crowd.

"It was pretty special moment, and then the score popped up and I just kind of dropped down to my knees, just kind of in disbelief. It was a cool moment, that was for sure."

With King banged up, Chuck Chmelka told Adamsick to be ready, and the NU head coach used the one-touch warmup to determine who he'd go with to fill the five-person rotation.

Adamsick scored a 13.866 Friday. His set Saturday was cleaner and included multiple stick landings.

"I was more prepared than yesterday, that's for sure," said Adamsick, who came to NU as a walk-on. "It was just something that, I had to trust my training, and trust myself a little bit that it was going to go well."

Adamsick's floor performance was the latest example of the Huskers' depth.

"The thing about our team is that even our alternates are worthy of All-American," Anton Stephenson said.

Anton Stephenson, a two-time Big Ten vault champion, capped a spectacular season in the event with a 14.800 Saturday. Only Oklahoma's Yul Moldauer — who won four national titles Saturday, including all-around — had a better vault at 14.900.

"Usually everyone is sticking (the landing) and it's hard to place, so I kind of got lucky in the fact that I didn't stick and still placed as high as I did," said Anton Stephenson, who got to celebrate All-American honors with brother Chris.

Chris Stephenson, a senior co-captain, placed eighth on parallel bars with a 14.333 to capture his first All-America honor.

"That kid deserves it more than anybody," said Anton Stephenson, now a two-time All-American. "There's no better time to do it than your last competition (in college)."

Kehler, a true freshman, stuck the landing on his final pass to score a 14.200 on floor exercise, building off Friday's strong showing (14.033).

Nebraska was jockeying for position with Stanford for fourth place, but some late struggles in the final rotation on pommel horse placed the Huskers fifth. NU finished sixth at last year's NCAAs.

Nebraska, over a three-year span, has made its way to near the top of men's gymnastics, and the latest proof is in the hardware. The Huskers have landed a combined 10 All-Americans in the past three seasons. They had a combined nine from 2007-15.


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