Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team was well represented in the latest GymInfo national rankings, which were released on Monday, Feb. 20. The Huskers are one of only three schools, along with Utah and Oklahoma, that are ranked inside the top five in three individual events, while checking in at No. 9 overall as a team.
Nebraska’s strongest event halfway through the season has been vault, where they are ranked at No. 3 in the country and average 49.371. NU received a boost in its vault average after erupting with a 49.575 in its last meet against Minnesota, which tied for the sixth-highest score in school history. The Huskers also sport the No. 4 floor and bars teams in the country. NU has scored higher than a 49.00 in all but one of its meets this season on floor to help them average a 49.158, while posting a 49.208 average on bars.
Individually, the Huskers sport three all-around competitors ranked inside the top 25, including true freshman Jessie DeZiel, who is at No. 5 with a 39.483 average. Senior Lora Evenstad sits at No. 14 with a 39.44 average and sophomore Emily Wong is at No. 18 with an average of 39.30. DeZiel, one of the top freshmen in the country, is ranked at No. 7 on vault (9.904) and beam (9.863), while sitting just outside the top 10 on floor (9.875) at No. 11.
Junior Janelle Giblin holds the top spot in the bars rankings with an average of 9.892. The San Ramon, Calif., native has won five bars titles this season and scored a 9.90 in every meet this besides one. Giblin is also ranked No. 2 on the vault, with an average of 9.933. She won her third vault title of the season against Minnesota, scoring a 9.95.
On floor, Evenstad is the No. 2 ranked performer with an average of 9.905. The senior has won three floor titles this season and scored above a 9.90 in every meet, including a season-high 9.925 against Oklahoma, Minnesota and Centenary. Evenstad also ranks No. 9 on the bars.
The Huskers return to action this Friday, Feb. 24, with a road meet against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Action is set to kick off from Fayetteville, Ark., at 7 p.m.