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at Friday night dual meet
By Vince P’Adamo
Staff Reporter
The Nebraska women’s gymnas
tics team is hoping that the momentum
from last Sunday’s Bulldog Invita
tional will carry over tonight.
The Comhuskers will take on Iowa
State in a 7 p.m. dual meet at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers bring a record of 14
4 into the meet, with one of those
losses coming against the Cyclones in
Ames, Iowa, last month. Nebraska
will finish its regular season on Mon
day night, also at the Devaney Center,
against Minnesota.
Nebraska placed third at the Bull
dog Invite in Athens, Ga., but scored
a season-high 193.250.
The Huskers accomplished their
goal of scoring above the 48-mark on
each event, paving the way to a sea
son-high total of 193.25 points. Coach
Dan Kendig said he hoped that would
“Last weekend we took a big step
in the bars (event),” Kendig said. “The
bar team finally feels secure.”
Nebraska will look for continued
consistency in the bar and beam, which
have been trouble spots for the Husk
ers this season.
“Injuries have contributed to our
inconsistency,” Kendig said, “but I
feel comfortable with our lineup now.”
Iowa State is a young team, featur
ing eight freshmen, four sophomores
and two juniors. One of those juniors,
Megan Wall, set a school record a
month ago with a vault score of9.82 5.
The Gophers, Nebraska’s oppo
nent Monday, post an overall record
of 11-7. While Minnesota has an un
blemished home mark, the Gophers
are 4-7 on the road.
Even though the Huskers will use
their entire lineup, Kendig plans to
rest some people as well.
“The floor is very taxing for us,”
said Kendig. “We’ll probably rest
some people because we want to be at
full force before the Big Eight Cham
pionships and regionals.”
The five all-around performers that
Nebraska plans to use are Shelly
Bartlett, Kim DeHaan, Jennifer
Hawkinson, Joy Taylor and Nicole
Duval. Kristi Camp will perform on
the bars and beam, while Martha
Jenkins will compete on the vault and
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Husker women’s swim team
pulls for a top-10 finish
By Trevor Parks
Staff Reporter
The NCAA Championships
could be something special for the
Nebraska women’s swimming and
divingteams, Coach Cal Bentzsaid.
And ifThursday was any indica
tion, Bentz could be right.
Nebraska’s 400-yard medley
relay team of Jane Glazebrook,
Penny Heyns, Mikaela Lauren and
Melanie Dodd advanced to the fi
nals and set a school-record time of
3:40.65 at the NCAA Champion
ships in Austin, Texas.
The Huskers won their heat but
had the second fastest qualifying
time of the day. In the second leg of
the medley, Heyns swam a 59.85 in
the breaststroke.
“To our knowledge, her mark is
the first time anyone has swam the
100-yard breaststroke under a
minute,” Bentz said. “We feel we’ve
got everything to win in that event
and nothing to lose, so we’re going
after it.”
The Comhuskers began compe
tition at the NCAA Championships
Thursday, and the meet will run
through Saturday.
Nebraska has qualified a school
record 11 swimmers for competi
tion in 18 of 24 events.
Bentz said his team hadn’t shown
its best performances yet, and hoped
they would come this weekend.
“This week is precisely the week
for our team to have them,” Bentz
The Huskers hope to finish in
the top 10, Bentz said—something
the Huskers haven’t done with him
as coach.
The best the Huskers have fin
ished is ninth in their first NCAA
meet in 1982.
Last year at the NCAA Champi
onships, Nebraska finished 16th.
The key for that was qualifying 10
swimmers and one diver.
Heyns leads the Husker swim
mers, competing in the 100-yard
breaststroke and 200-yard breast
stroke. Last year, Heyns finished sec
ond in the 100 and sixth in the 200.
Bentz said Heyns should be able
to win this weekend, if her leading
times in both events were any indi
“If you get to the big show, any
thing can happen,” Bentz said.
“She’s the leader, and you have to
go with her.”
Sophomore Julia Russell will
also compete in both breaststroke
events. Russell is ranked in the top
10 nationally in both events.
Dodd will compete in the the 50
yard, 100-yard and 200-yard
freestyle. Dodd is ranked in the top
10 nationally in all three events.
Glazebrook will be looking to
improve on last year’s NCAA back
stroke performance, where she fin
ished 39th in the 100-yard back
stroke and 17th in the 200-yard
Bentz said he thought
Glazebrook could have a good meet.
The lone diver, Jennifer Hamly,
finished sixth at the Zone D meet
last weekend to qualify for the
Bentz said Hamly would have
some difficulty, because at the
NCAAs, part of the diving compe
tition involves diving off a tower.
Hamly hasn’t done that all season.
Husker gymnasts return to Devaney,
hope to defeat Iowa in meet tonight
By Mitch Sherman
Senior Reporter " —— ~ '
Early in February, the 10 members
of the Nebraska men’s gymnastics
team left the Bob Devaney Sports
Center knowing they would not return
until five weeks later.
After six road meets, Comhusker
coach Francis Allen said Nebraska is
an improved team. And the Huskers
are ready to compete with any team in
the nation, he said.
Tonight at 7, second-ranked Iowa,
a team that has never beaten Nebraska,
visits the Devaney Center. Allen said
the third-ranked Huskers welcomed
the home meet.
“We have been away for a while,”
he said. “But we wish this didn’t come
during spring break, so we could get
more students out here.”
Regardless ofthe timing, Allen said,
Iowa should provide the Huskers with
plenty of competition.
“Iowa has improved,” he said. “And
they are good. I would expect our
team, since this is our last weekend at
home, to get in there and do well.”
Another Big Ten opponent, Min
nesota, is set to visit the Devaney
Center Monday at 7 p.m. Allen said
the Gophers were a point or two be
hind Iowa.
“We need to do well in both meets,”
he said. “In fact, we need to beat
A win against Iowa would be nice,
Allen said, but more importantly, the
Huskers need a good score. Last week
at the Gold’s Challenge in Santa Bar
bara, Calif., Nebraska finished third
behind California and Ohio State.
Two misses on the pommel horse,
Allen said, were the difference be
tween third place and first place.
“We hit about 76 percent out there,”
he said. “That needs to be up above 80
percent. The horse can make or break
a meet in that way.”
The return of Jason Christie,
Nebraska’s top gymnast on the pom
mel horse, should push the Huskers
over the top, Allen said. Christie had
been hampered by a sore wrist for
almost a month before returning to
practice earlier this week.
Allen said the junior all-arounder
would be back at full strength against
Iowa and Minnesota. Without Christie,
he said, Nebraska wasn’t the same
Not only is Nebraska competing at
home for the final time this weekend,
Allen said, but the Huskers are also
trying prepare for the West Regionals
on April 8 at Norman, Okla.
“This isn’t last year’s team,” he
said. “We aren’t goingto go into these
meets and walk away. But our team is
coming together, and it should be a
productive two meets.”
Continued from Page 7
Guard Tom Wald, who scored
six points and handled the point
guard duties in the game’s final
moments, said a victory, any vic
tory, was welcome at this point.
Before Thursday, the Huskers
had won only one game since Feb.
Nebraska first tied the game at
46 on a Chris Sallee layup with
14:45 to play, but after a timeout,
Georgia reclaimed the lead on a
Charles Claxton free throw. I
The Bulldogs built a4-point lead,
only to watch Nebraska come back
to tie the game at 52 with 8:24 to
play. Georgia again broke away,
scoring five straight points to lead
57-52 with 6:21 left in the game.
But Nebraska fought back to tie the
game at 60 on two Melvin Brooks
free throws with 3:44 remaining.
A Moore dunk on a pass from
Boone gave the Huskers the lead
for good at 62-60 with 1:59 to go.
Moore added another dunk and a
free throw to ice the game in the
final minute.
Wrestlers fifth
in NCAA meet
From Staff Reports
The Nebraska wrestling team is
tied for fifth after the first two rounds
of the NCAA Championships Thurs
Four Nebraska wrestlers are still
alive in the championship bracket. But
Iowa stands in first with 40 points.
Nebraska has 15.5 points. The
quarterfinal and semifinal matches will
be today.
Continued from Page 7
Nebraska averaged just 5.08 runs per
game before playing the Mavericks.
“We’re pitching better than seven
wins,” Sanders said. “We’ve been in
every game; wejust haven’t been scor
ing very many runs.”
But Erstad made sure the Nebraska
offense supported the pitching staff
against UNO.
Erstad powered the Nebraska of
fense with two home runs, five RBI
and three runs scored in five at-bats.
The junior leftfielder improved his
batting average to .3 80 with 5 homers
and 14 RBI.
Shepherd had three hits, while Sears
and Darin Petersen each had two hits.
Motley went 1 for 2 at the plate to
improve his team-leading batting av
erage to .415 and to extend his hitting
streak to nine games.
Freshman Brian Zubor, 1-0, got
the win in relief of starter Jason Allen.
Zubor allowed just one hit in 3 1/3
innings and struck out four to pick up
the first win of his career.
The Mavericks’ second baseman,
Joe Danett, provided the big blow in
the fifth with a two-out grand slam to
center field to cut Nebraska’s lead to
But the Huskers answered with five
runs in the bottom of the sixth inning
and an insurance run in the seventh.
Mike Kros, 1-1, took the pitching
loss for the Mavericks.
The Huskers travel to Las Cruces,
N.M., for the Hampton Inn/Sahara
Desert Classic this weekend. The tour
nament field includes New Mexico,
New Mexico State and Washington.
Continued from Page 7
We did a good job, particularly in the
second half. When those guys go 2
for-16 from the 3-point line, that’s
good defense.”
Georgia center Charles Claxton,
who was held to three points, said the
Huskers’ defense was the key to the
“They made a run and we just
couldn’t come back,” Claxton said. “I
was 0-for-4 (for the game), so that’s
good defense. They play damn good
defense. We knew they were a good
team. They made some mistakes,
though. We just weren’t able to capi
talize on them.”
Carlos Strong, the Bulldogs’ lead
ing scorer with a 14-point average,
was held to eight points.
Strong wasn’t as quick to credit the
Huskers for their win.
“It’s hard to lose any game, but it’s
especially hard to lose tonight,” Strong
said. “We had that game won. They
played well and we played well, but we
made the mental mistakes when we
couldn’t afford to. It was ours.”
However, Strong said if Nebraska
plays with the same intensity, its suc
cess in the NIT won’t be short-lived.
“They’re a good team,” Strongsaid.
“If they play hard, like they did to
night, the can win any ballgame in this