DeZiel, Giblin Take Home Big Ten Honors
Following a season-best team performance (197.175) on Sunday against Penn State at home, two members of the No. 8 Nebraska women's gymnastics team earned conference weekly honors for their individual efforts. Sophomore Jessie DeZiel earned Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week accolades, while senior Janelle Giblin took home her second consecutive Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award. The honor marks DeZiel's third career Gymnast of the Week accolade and her 13th weekly award overall; Giblin's honor is the second of her career.
A native of Rogers, Minn., DeZiel captured Co-Gymnast of the Week honors after posting season-high marks on vault (9.925) and floor (9.925) and tying her career-best on bars (9.90) en route to a season-best score of 39.525 in the all-around. DeZiel tied for first on vault and floor against Penn State, enabling her to capture her second all-around title in two weeks. DeZiel also logged a second-place finish on bars and a finish of fifth on beam. Her efforts were instrumental in helping Nebraska to their highest scores of the season on vault (49.375) and floor (49.275). DeZiel earned the conference honor alongside Illinois' Alina Weinstein.
San Ramon, Calif., native Janelle Giblin picked up her second consecutive Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award after tying her career-best on bars (9.95) for the second week in a row. Giblin earned her third event title on bars in three weeks on Sunday; during that time span, she has scored no lower than a 9.90 in any performance on the event. Giblin also tied her career-best on beam (9.85) to finish in a tie for second against the Nittany Lions.
The Huskers will hit the road for the third time this season this weekend, facing No. 14 Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., at 5 p.m. CST (4 p.m. MST). The two teams will square off in McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus. NU will return home on Feb. 22, hosting the annual Masters Classic at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The match will begin at 6 p.m. CST.