DeZiel, Giblin Capture Big Ten Awards
For the second time this season, sophomore Jessie DeZiel and senior Janelle Giblin of the Nebraska women's gymnastics team have earned Big Ten honors in the same week. DeZiel earned her second conference Co-Gymnast of the Week award this season, while Giblin captured her third Event Specialist of the Week accolade. The honors come following Nebraska's efforts of 197.675 in a win over Iowa and 196.150 in a third-place finish at Minnesota.
DeZiel earned the title of Co-Gymnast of the Week after capturing two all-around titles in two meets last weekend, including a career-best mark of 39.675 against Iowa on Feb. 22. She also tied for the all-around title last Saturday, posting a 39.475 in her home state of Minnesota to finish even with Arkansas' Katherine Grable. DeZiel earned or tied for five event titles over the course of the two meets while matching her career-highs on vault (9.95) and uneven bars (9.925) in both contests. She also logged two third-place finishes on bars and beam in that span of time. The honor is DeZiel's fourth career accolade and her 14th weekly award overall; she shares this week's title with Michigan's Joanna Sampson.
Giblin picked up her third Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor after posting a career-high 10.0 on bars against Iowa on Feb. 22. Her 10.0 on bars was only the second in the nation this season and the second in Nebraska program history. It also marked NU's first 10.0 on any event since 2011. Giblin's performance boosted Nebraska to a 49.625 on bars, the second-highest team bars score in program history. She earned three additional top-three finishes through both meets, including tying her career-best on beam to win the title against Iowa (9.875). The award marks her third career weekly honor.
Nebraska closes its regular season on the road this Saturday, March 16 against the California Golden Bears. The meet will take place at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif., and is slated for a 9 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. PDT) start. NU will open postseason action the following weekend, traveling to East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, March 23.