Nebraska Wins Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships

Penn State's Sharaya Musser has earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Year honors.

March 24, 2012

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Nebraska earned the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title on Saturday, winning the crown in its first conference championship meet. The Huskers tallied a team score of 197.100 en route to the title, while Ohio State followed in second place with a score of 196.225 and Minnesota finished in third at 195.950.Michigan took fourth place with a team score of 195.875, followed by Illinois in fifth (195.850), Penn State in sixth (195.700), Iowa in seventh (195.425) and Michigan State in eighth (194.675).

The Huskers' Emily Wong won the all-around competition, finishing with a combined score of 39.600. Wong also tied for the balance beam and floor exercise titles to help Nebraska to the championship. Wong tied with Illinois' Kelsey Joannides for the balance beam title with matching scores of 9.900 and tied with teammates Jessie DeZiel and Lora Evenstad for the floor exercise title with scores of 9.900. Evenstad also took home the bars crown with a mark of 9.925, while Michigan's Sachi Sugiyama won the vault title with a score of 9.950.

The conference's individual awards were also given out following the championships. Penn State's Sharaya Musser was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, earning the third such award for the Nittany Lions in the last four seasons. DeZiel took home Freshman of the Year laurels, while Nebraska head coach Dan Kendig received Coach of the Year accolades.

Twelve student-athletes were named to the All-Championship Team, as Illinois' Joannides, Iowa's Emma Stevenson, Michigan's Sugiyama and Joanna Sampson, Minnesota's Amber Hammerschmidt, Nebraska's DeZiel, Evenstad, Wong, Janelle Giblin and Jamie Schleppenbach, Ohio State's Sarah Miller and Penn State's Musser received recognition for their performance at the championships.

Gymnast of the Year: Sharaya Musser, PSU
Freshman of the Year: Jessie DeZiel, NEB
Coach of the Year: Dan Kendig, NEB

Kelsey Joannides, ILL
Emma Stevenson, IOWA
Joanna Sampson, MICH
Sachi Sugiyama, MICH
Amber Hammerschmidt, MINN
Jessie DeZiel, NEB
Lora Evenstad, NEB
Janelle Giblin, NEB
Jamie Schleppenbach, NEB
Emily Wong, NEB
Sarah Miller, OSU
Sharaya Musser, PSU

Elizabeth McNabb, ILL
Jordan Eszlinger, IOWA
Katie Zurales, MICH
Alyssa Brennan, MSU
Briana Jones, MINN
Emily Wong, NEB
Nicole Krauter, OSU
Natalie Ettl, PSU