The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 02, 1988, Page 18, Image 18

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    Gymnastics coach excited for next year
By Lori Griffin
Staff Reporter
Records were broken tn all catego
ries for the Nebraska women's pm
nasties team this season, and tom
husker coach Rick Walton said he
couldn’t have asked for mom —
except a higher finish at the NCAA
Championships.
Walton said Nebraska broke every
individual and team avord this sea
son. He said gymnasts Cry stal Sav
age, Jeaneane Smith and Michele
Bryant broke the 38-point barrier in
the all-around competition, while the
Huskers were also one of six teams to
break the 190 point barrier in team
competition.
Nebraska broke the team sewing
record twice this season. The old
mark of 187 40, which was set last
season. was broken when the Huskers
tallied 189.05 points in a triangular
meet against California Statc-Fuller
ton and Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.
Nebraska then broke the record a
week later by scoring 190.10 points in
a home dual meet against Missouri.
Nebraska also set team records in
the vault with a 47.75 score, the un
even bars with 47.85, the balance
-—-,
beam with 47.10 and the floor exer
cise with 47.95 points.
Bryant broke the individual vault
record held by Savage and Smith with
a 9.75 score against Missouri, and
Savage broke Smith’s record in the
uneven bar competition with a 9.85
score. Smith broke the Nebraska all
around record set last year by Savage
by tallying a 38.3 score.
Two Husker records were tied this
season. Bryant, Smith and Savage all
tied the record in the balance beam
with a 9.55 score. Freshman Lisa
McCrady tied Smith’s record of 9.7 in
the floor exercise.
Walton said Nebraska accom
plished all of its goals this season and
even exceeded some.
Walton said Nebraska’s best per
formance came against Missouri. The
Huskcrs hit 23 of 24 of their routines
en route to breaking the 190-point
barrier.
“When you have no mistakes and
score over 190 points, you set your
self up for the best performance of the
year,” Walton said. “It would have
been nice if it would have happened at
a regional and a national champion
ship, but you set yourself up for a goal
to try and have more than one compe
tition like that.”
Walton said he was pleased with
Nebraska’s season this year. The
Huskers captured their second-con
secutive Big Eight title March 26 in
Ames, Iowa.
Walton said Nebraska’s success
will benefit the team next season. He
said he is excited about next year’s
schedule because it includes an invi
tational at the Bob Devaney Sports
Center and meets against Utah and
UCLA, who finished second and third
at this year’s NCAA Championships.
See WALTON on 21
Sipple reaches 1000th career strikeout
WOLFORTH from Page 17
those records were close at hand, so I
wanted to get them if I could,” Sippel
said. “They were just icing on the
cake.”
Sippel, 19-7, struck out nine bat
ters against Kansas and gave up three
hits. She also hit a three run home run
in the third inning, the third home run
of her career.
Sippel pitched the final three in
nings of Nebraska’s win over Mis
souri, striking out seven of the 10
batters she faced. She also hit a solo
home run in the top of the seventh
inning.
“It was just really an appropriate
way for Lori Sippel to close out her
regular season at home,” Wolforth
said.
Sippel and the other Nebraska
players may get a chance to play at
home again this season if the Huskers
get to host a College World Series
regional game, Wolforth said.
Sippel said that in order for Ne
braska to accomplish that, the Husk
ers will need to play like they did this
weekend.
“I’m real pleased with the last
three games,” she said. “We’ve got
ten runs early so we couldn’t coast,
but we were in control.”
Kansas coach Kalum Haack, a
former assistant coach at Nebraska
who recruited Sippel, said he was
impressed with Sippel’sperformance
against the Jayhawks.
“I’m happy for her,” he said.
“She’s one of the best kids I’ve ever
coached.”
Nebraska pitcher Donna Dear
dorff picked up wins against Kansas
on Saturday and Missouri on Sunday
to raise her record to 13-9.
Wolforth said that despite the loss
to Missouri, the weekend overall was
a success because Nebraska im
proved its record in the Big Eight
Conference to 7-3, which gives the
Huskers the No. 2 seed in the Big
Eight tournament. The tournament is
in Oklahoma City, Okla. May 6-8.
Nebraska will play Saturday
against the winner of Friday’s Iowa
State-Oklahoma game.
Oklahoma State will be the lop
seed with a conference record of 10
0, including 6-0and 1 -0 victories over
Nebraska. Sippel said the key to beat
ing Oklahoma State in the tournament
would be to score the first run of the
game.
“I don’t think anybody has gotten
out there and scored early on them,”
she said.
Wolforth agreed that scoring early
would be a key against Oklahoma
State.
“There’s nothing else we can do
defensively and pitching wise against
Oklahoma State,” he said. “We have
to hit the ball hard.”
Wolforth said that run production
shouldn’t be a problem against any
other Big Eight opponent except
Oklahoma State.
“This team against Big Eight
pitching, except Oklahoma State,
should never be held to less than three
runs,” he said.
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