Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 7 Nebraska women's gymnastics team swept all four events and the all-around competition en route to a 196.700-192.100 win over conference foe Michigan State (0-2, 0-1 Big Ten) on Saturday evening.. The Huskers (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) were powered by excellent performances on bars and beam in front of 2,165 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
"This is a great team performance and a great team win," Head Coach Dan Kendig said. "I'm most proud that, after two meets, we haven't had any major mistakes. We've got more in us, though, and we're going to keep plugging and working to get to where we want to be."
Junior Emily Wong was tops for the Huskers on Saturday, posting stellar performances on all four events to earn three individual event titles and the all-around title. Wong earned awards on vault (9.90), uneven bars (9.95) and beam (9.925) en route to a 39.650 in all-around competition. Freshman Hollie Blanske also had a breakout performance on floor, posting a 9.90 to earn the floor title for the Big Red.
"Emily had an incredible night," Kendig said. "I'm also proud of Hollie. A few days ago, we weren't sure if she would go tonight, but we're glad she did. She tumbles big and she did great."
Nebraska started the night on vault, hitting a solid score of 49.050 on the evening. The Huskers were paced by Wong, who hit a season-high 9.90 for the event title. Adding to the Huskers' efforts were senior Janelle Giblin and sophomore Jessie DeZiel, who picked up identical marks of 9.85.
The Spartans had early struggles in their first rotation, but pulled together on their final two routines to post a score of 47.650 on bars. Following the first rotation, Nebraska led Michigan State by a score of 49.050-47.650.
NU moved to bars on the second rotation, where the Huskers exploded for a 49.450, the 10th-highest mark in school history. The team was led by a trio of Huskers that scored 9.90s or higher to finish 1-2-3. Wong led the Big Red and the meet for the second consecutive rotation, nailing a career-best 9.95. Jennifer Lauer and DeZiel each added a 9.90 on the evening, while Hollie Blanske and Janelle Giblin each picked up scores of 9.85.
Michigan State picked up a mark of 48.450 on vault in their second event of the evening. After two rotations, Nebraska extended their lead to 98.500-96.100.
In the third rotation, the Huskers took to the balance beam to try to match their strong showing last week against Michigan. The team posted another excellent showing, finishing with a 49.150. Wong continued her stellar performance, earning a 9.925 on beam to lead the meet and match her career-high. Jennifer Lauer showed her strength on beam as well, earning a 9.875, while Nathe added a 9.80.
MSU finished with a 47.850 on floor to put their team total after three rotations at 143.950. With only one rotation remaining, Nebraska led the Spartans 147.650-143.950.
Nebraska completed their evening on floor exercise, posting a team score of 49.050, paced by Blanske's meet-winning mark of 9.90. The floor performance and Blanske's win were her first as a Husker. Wong added a 9.875 for the Big Red, while DeZiel chipped in a 9.80 to seal the victory for the Huskers.
After Michigan picked up a 48.150 on beam to finish the night, Nebraska's officially earned the 196.700-192.100 victory over the Spartans. Wong's 39.650 was tops in all-around competition, with DeZiel in second at 39.325. Lauer added a 39.200, and Giblin finished at 38.975. Michigan State's all-around efforts were led by Lisa Burt, who earned a 39.125.
Nebraska will go on the road for the second time in three meets next 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. Fans can purchase tickets online at Huskers.com or by calling the Nebraska Ticket Office at 1-80-8BIGRED.