No. 6 Huskers Head to First Big Ten Championships

By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations

The No. 6 Nebraska women's gymnastics team kicks off its post-season competition this Saturday, March 24, when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete in the 2012 Big Ten Gymnastics Championships. The Huskers will participate in the second session at 6 p.m. after earning the top overall seed of the championship with an RQS of 196.96. Penn State, Ohio State and Minnesota will also compete in the second session, while Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois and the host Iowa will take the floor at 1 p.m.

Both sessions of the meet will be aired live on the Big Ten Network, with the action being called by Big Ten Network analysts Lisa Byington and Kylee Kolarik. Live scores will be provided by HawkeyeSports.com, and fans can also get live updates on the Huskers' twitter page at www.twitter.com/HuskersWGYM.

Nebraska finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-2, defeating Iowa State in its last meet of the season on Saturday, March 16. The Huskers' two regular-season losses were the teams fewest since 2003 when they only recorded one loss, and their 7-0 record on the road is the first undefeated road mark in school history. After capturing the Big 12 title last season, NU is hoping to win its first back-to-back conference championships since 2002-2003.

The Huskers have received contributions from nearly all parts of the roster this season, crowning five different all-around champions throughout the season. Two of the top all-arounders in the entire country are freshman Jessie DeZiel and sophomore Emily Wong. DeZiel is No. 3 nationally in the all-around with a 39.505 RQS, while Wong checks in not far behind at No. 5 with a 39.45. Against Iowa State, junior Janelle Giblin became the fifth Husker to win an all-around title when she scored a 39.525 to lead NU.

Following the Big Ten Championships, the Huskers will travel to their NCAA Regional on Saturday, April 7. NU's regional site will be announced next week.

Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations


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