A strong finish on floor exercise wasn't enough to bring the Nebraska women's gymnastics team back at the B1G Five Meet.
Struggles on the uneven bars cascaded onto the balance beam, and the end result was a deficit too large for the No. 11 Huskers to overcome.
Nebraska finished fourth Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan, to dash its goal of an outright regular-season Big Ten Conference title. The Huskers entered the final day of the regular season as the only undefeated team in the Big Ten, but fell to 6-3 in the conference and 12-6 overall.
Illinois won the meet with a season-high 196.850, with Maryland (195.700) second, Ohio State (195.150) third and Nebraska (194.900) fourth. Michigan State (191.925) was fifth.
No. 7 Michigan (8-1 Big Ten) posted a 197.225 to win the other B1G Five Meet in Piscataway, New Jersey, and clinch the outright title. Nebraska finished in a tie for third with Iowa.
All told, the Huskers had a total of six falls or missed routines. But there were bright spots.
Megan Schweihofer tied personal bests to win the floor exercise title and finish second in the all-around, while freshman Kynsee Roby had a breakout meet. Roby finished tied for third on the bars with a career-best 9.900, added a tie for third on beam (9.825) and closed with a career-best on floor (9.825) to finish with a 39.350 all-around total and tie for fourth.
Schweihofer was second on the vault (9.900) and Danielle Breen tied for third on beam.
After a good start on vault with a 49.150, the top team vault score of the meet, Nebraska struggled on bars. The Huskers had two falls and had to count Taylor Houchin's 9.225 toward a 48.600 total. And the bars struggles rolled right onto beam.
Both Houchin and Grace Williams fell, forcing the Huskers to count Williams' 9.000 toward an uncharacteristically low beam total of 47.675.
Nebraska, however, closed strong on the floor. Catelyn Orel started the second half of the lineup with a career-best 9.900, Sienna Crouse followed with a 9.925 and Schweihofer closed by tying her career high with a 9.950 to win the event title and finish with a 39.475 all-around total. That all-around total also tied Schweihofer's career best.
Nebraska matched its season-high team score on floor with a 49.475.
The Huskers will look to regroup for the Big Ten Championships, which are March 24 in Champaign, Illinois.
No. 2 Husker men top No. 3 Penn State
Junior Anton Stephenson won two event titles and sophomore Jake Bonnay added another on high bar in leading the No. 2 Nebraska men to a 404.500-401.500 win against No. 3 Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Stephenson continued his dominance on vault, recording a 14.850 to take top event honors. Stephenson, who ranks first nationally in the event, has five vault titles this year.
The Fishers, Indiana, native also won floor exercise with a score of 14.650, while Bonnay tied for the high bar title with a 13.600.
The Huskers won behind strong showings on their best two events in floor and vault.
In addition to Stephenson, freshman Griffin Kehler (14.300) was second on floor, senior Kyle King (14.200) was third and Bonnay (14.000) was fourth. NU scored a 70.950 as a team in the event.
Nebraska occupied five of the top six spots on vault, finishing with a team score of 71.000.
Alex Magsam scored a 14.250 on still rings to take second.