The sixth-ranked Nebraska women's gymnastics team picked up its first conference honor of 2013 on Monday morning, as junior Emily Wong capped her stellar weekend by earning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors. The award marks the first of Wong's career and comes following a record-setting performance in which the Grand Forks, N.D., native posted or tied career-highs on beam, bars and in the all-around.
Wong led the Huskers in their 196.700-192.100 rout of Michigan State last Saturday night, winning event titles on vault, bars and beam en route to capturing top honors in the all-around on the evening. She also finished second on floor, scoring a 9.875. Wong's victory included a tie for her career-high on beam (9.925) and new career-bests on bars (9.95) and in the all-around (39.650). Thanks in part to her work this weekend, Wong is now ranked No. 3 nationally in the all-around and tied for No. 2 on beam with teammate Jennifer Lauer.
Particularly notable was Wong's 9.95 performance on bars. That score is tied for the fourth-highest individual bars score in school history and also ties for the best bars score by a junior all-time at Nebraska. Her efforts also helped boost NU to a 49.450 on the event, which ties for the 10th-highest bars score in school history.
Wong and the Huskers will go on the road for the second time in three meets this weekend, facing 21st-ranked Ohio State on Friday, Jan. 25. The Huskers will take on the Buckeyes at 6 p.m. CST in St. John Arena. NU will return to Lincoln the following weekend, welcoming Illinois to the Devaney Center on Friday, Feb. 1.