Nebraska Wins Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships
March 23, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. -
Nebraska earned the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title on Saturday, winning its second consecutive crown. The Huskers tallied a team score of 197.800 en route to the title, while Michigan followed in second place with a score of 197.225 and Minnesota finished third with 196.775 points. Illinois took fourth place with a team score of 196.475, followed by Ohio State in fifth (195.950), Penn State in sixth (195.825), Michigan State in seventh (195.450) and Iowa in eighth (193.400).
The Huskers' Emily Wong won the all-around competition for the second consecutive season, finishing with a combined score of 39.725. Wong also won the floor exercise title with a score of 9.975 which ties a meet record. The junior also took home the uneven bars crown (9.925) and tied for the balance beam title (9.900) to help Nebraska to the championship. Wong tied with Minnesota’s Lindsay Mable, teammate Jennifer Lauer and Ohio State’s Alyssa Marohn and Sarah Miller for the balance beam title. There was a five-way tie for the vault crown, as Michigan’s Katie Zurales and Nebraska’s Hollie Blanske, Jessie DeZiel, Janelle Giblin and Brittany Skinner posted matching scores of 9.950.
The conference's individual awards were also given out following the championships. Michigan’s Joanna Sampson was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, the second such award for a Wolverine athlete in the last three seasons. Mable took home Freshman of the Year laurels, the first Golden Gopher to earn such distinction since Gena Palm in 1989. Minnesota head coach Meg Stephenson received Coach of the Year accolades for the third time and first since 2002.
Twenty student-athletes were named to the All-Championships Team. Illinois' Amber See and Alina Weinstein, Michigan's Natalie Beilstein, Brittnee Martinez, Sampson and Zurales, Michigan State’s Lisa Burt and Taira Neal, Minnesota's Janell Campbell and Mable, Nebraska's Blanske, DeZiel, Giblin, Lauer, Kassandra Nathe, Skinner and Wong, Ohio State's Marohn and Miller, and Penn State's Sharaya Musser received recognition for their performances at the championships.
BIG TEN INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Gymnast of the Year: Joanna Sampson, MICH
Freshman of the Year: Lindsay Mable, MINN
Coach of the Year: Meg Stephenson, MINN
BIG TEN ALL-CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM