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Nebraska's women's gymnastics program was established in 1975. The school's first team, led by head coach Karen Balke, was composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Balke left after only two seasons, and Judy Schalk was named head coach. Schalk left after coaching the Huskers to five conference titles and a national tournament bid. Rick Walton replaced Schalk and gave the school its first NCAA event title when Michele Bryant won the vault in 1983. He captured four straight Big Eight championships, each resulting in an NCAA Tournament appearance. After the 1993 season, Walton left and Dan Kendigwas named head coach. In his first year, he was named the conference coach of the year after leading the Huskers to the Big Eight title. In 1997, Nebraska upset no. 1 Utah to reach the Super Six Finals for the first time in school history. Kendig won his sixth consecutive conference championship in 1999 and was named national coach of the year. Kendig's team has won four individual event titles when Heather Brink won two NCAA event titles in all around and vault in 2000 and Richelle Simpson won the all around title and the floor exercise title in 2003. To date, Nebraska has never had a losing season.

Nebraska's men's gymnastics program is one of the most successful in the nation, with eight team national championships and 41 NCAA event titles. Ten Huskers have represented the United States in the Olympics. Nebraska is one of only seven Big Ten schools to sanction a men's gymnastics program.
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