July 28, 2014

Nebraska women gymnasts claim Big Ten title

Thanks to a program-record 49.725 on vault and nine titles in four events and the all-around, the No. 9 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team captured their third-consecutive conference crown with a 197.800 at the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships.

NU’s score was a conference championship school record and gave Head Coach Dan Kendig his 14th conference title at Nebraska. The Huskers’ crown marked the first time the program has earned three-straight conference titles since 2001-02-03.

Emily Wong earned her second consecutive Big Ten all-around title, posting the second-highest score at a conference championship meet in school history (39.725). Wong took or tied for top honors on uneven bars (9.925), balance beam (9.90) and floor exercise (9.975) en route to top honors at the meet.

Janelle Giblin, Hollie Blanske, Brittany Skinner and Jessie DeZiel all tied for the title of conference vault champion, posting identical scores of 9.95. Wong and Jennifer Lauer tied three other conference gymnasts to earn the beam title at 9.90.

Seven Huskers pulled down 12 All-Big Ten Championship Team honors. Wong led NU with four selections (UB, BB, FX, AA), while DeZiel earned three (V, FX, AA). Blanske (V), Giblin (V), Skinner (V), Lauer (BB) and Nathe (UB) each captured one honor apiece for the Big Red.

NCAA regional competition will be held at six sites: Tuscaloosa, Ala., Gainesville, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, Norman, Okla., Corvallis, Ore., and Morgantown, W.Va. A total of 36 teams will compete at regionals, with the top two teams from each site advancing to the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. on April 19-21.

Story courtesy of NU Athletics