Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong has been named one of six finalists for the 2014 AAI Award, recognizing the most outstanding female gymnast in the country. The honor is given annually to the nation’s top gymnast on the basis of athleticism, academic excellence and civic responsibility. The award is voted on by NCAA women’s gymnastics head coaches, with the winner to be announced at the banquet during the 2014 NCAA Championships held April 18-20 in Birmingham Ala.
In her senior season at Nebraska, Wong has cemented her position as one of the nation’s top all-around student-athletes in the country. She is on track to record one of the best senior seasons by a Nebraska gymnast in school history. Through nine meets, Wong has captured 29 event titles, remains undefeated in the all-around, while also posting some of the top scores in the country. Her momentum and strength has inspired the entire Nebraska gymnastics team to one of the best starts to a season since 1997.
As a junior, Wong tied for third nationally in the all-around at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Her seamless performance included a third-place finish on floor and a 10th-place finish on vault. In March of 2013 she became the first Big Ten gymnast in five years to win back-to-back conference all-around crowns. Wong currently ranks No. 4 in the all-around, 23rd on vault, eighth on bars, 15th on beam and 10th on floor.
Wong is not only defined by her exceptional performances in the gym, but also her work in the classroom. She holds a 3.9 GPA and has earned numerous academic awards as a nutrition, health and exercise sciences major, including Academic All-America honors. In March of this year, Wong was named the Big Ten Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner, alongside Husker football player Spencer Long. She is the daughter of John and Karen Wong and has two sisters, Melissa and Lindsey and one brother Michael.
Richelle Simpson is Nebraska’s only AAI American Award winner capturing the award in 2005.
Wong and the Huskers will hit the road this weekend for its last regular-season meet of the year, traveling to East Lansing, Mich., for a Big Ten quad meet against Michigan State, No. 23 Ohio State and No. 14 Illinois on Saturday, March 15. The quad meet will start at 12:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network via tape delay, airing approximately two hours after the competition starts (2:30 p.m. CT)
2014 AAI Award Finalists
· Katherine Grable, Arkansas
· Kim Jacob, Alabama
· Alaina Johnson, Florida
· Joanna Sampson, Michigan
· Taylor Spears, Oklahoma
· Emily Wong, Nebraska