Senior Spotlight: Nebraska Gymnastics' Megan Schweihofer

Senior Spotlight: Nebraska Gymnastics' Megan Schweihofer

Nebraska gymnast Megan Schweihofer shares what her future with gymnastics is and her favorite event to train in practice.

Feb 19, 2019 by Amanda Wijangco
Senior Spotlight: Nebraska Gymnastics' Megan Schweihofer

In the return of this ongoing series, FloGymnastics features gymnasts who are in their final collegiate season. Next up is Nebraska's Megan Schweihofer.

Schweihofer is the reigning Big Ten all-around and floor champion and one of two seniors on the Nebraska women's gymnastics team. So far this season, Schweihofer has been a consistent contributor to the Huskers' beam and floor lineups, already setting a season high of 9.900 on both events. In five weeks of competition, she's helped lead Nebraska to a No. 15 national ranking and a top 20 ranking on bars, beam and floor. On Friday, she and the Huskers will be competing in the first NCAA session at Elevate the Stage in Toledo, which will be streamed live here on FloGymnastics.

FloGymnastics: What is your major, and what do you hope to do with a degree in that?
My major is accounting and I’m either going into coaching or going the CSI route, so [I'm] not really using my degree for accounting. 

What has been your favorite NCAA gym memory so far?
My favorite memory has to be making Super [Six] last season. It was a dream come true. 

What has being a Husker gymnast taught you?
It has taught me a lot. It’s taught me how to be a gymnast with purpose. Being able to compete with the N on my back allows me to represent all the previous years of gymnasts that have trained/competed before me and even the future generations coming up. There is so much tradition at Nebraska and it is an honor being [a part] of the program.

What is your favorite Husker leotard you have gotten to wear?

What skill that you haven't yet competed would you like to compete or learn?
I don’t have skills that I plan on competing anymore. My time is a little short so the routines I have are what I will be competing from here on out! This season has brought a lot of change on my routines so I’m finally settling down.

So far this season, you've competed beam and scored above a 9.800 on the event in every meet. You've also said that beam is your favorite event. What do you like about beam, and what helps you hit your routines and be consistent on the event?
I really enjoy training beam the most at practice. I have worked with my coach, Heather [Brink] with building my confidence up and finding a routine before my routine that works with me. I have several key words that I tell myself throughout the routine, but I don’t give myself corrections when competing. I talk myself up in my head so I am the most confident I can possibly be! I also do two dance throughs on the floor before I get up on the beam so I am in the zone. 

How do you plan on staying involved with the sport after this season?
I will most likely help coach programs in the future, whether it be camps over the summer, or maybe eventfully becoming a official coach one day. But I will always have a part of this sport within me and will always continue to build up the upcoming gymnasts to help them reach their goals. 

What will you miss most about Nebraska once you graduate?
I will definitely miss my friends and the people that have supported me along my journey here. I have built many strong relationships with people that I won’t ever forget. Nebraska has given me so many opportunities and I cannot thank them enough for. 

What are you most proud of accomplishing at Nebraska?
One accomplishment I’m beyond proud of is becoming an All-American. I told my parents the first day I stepped onto this campus that I wanted to make the All-American wall. With all the help of my coaches and teammates throughout the years, I’ve been able to accomplish that goal. 

Besides gymnastics, what are your interests/hobbies?
A couple things I really enjoy doing are playing with my dog, laying out in the sun and random adventures. 

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