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The Huskers advance to the Super Six Finals for the 11th time in school history.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 04/19/2014
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Huskers Advance to Super Six

Birmingham, Ala – The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team posted a score of 197.100 Friday evening to come in third and qualify for its 11th Super Six Finals appearance at the NCAA Championships at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. In making their 22nd NCAA Championship appearance, the Huskers improve to 28-6 on the year.

Nebraska will advance to team finals Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. CT to contend for a national title along with Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia and LSU.

“We are extremely excited about this opportunity to be able to compete on the floor with five of the best teams in the country right now,” head coach Dan Kendig said. “It is a tremendous honor to be a part of that. The talent level at this championship from top to bottom is unbelievable this year. We are excited and congratulations to Alabama, Florida and the other schools advancing from the first session. We are incredibly happy to be here.”

NU finished behind Alabama (197.650) and Florida (197.650) and ahead of Utah (197.025), UCLA (197.000) and Penn State (194.825).

Four Huskers combined for a total of seven All-America awards, highlighted by Emily Wong’s trio of accolades of first-team on beam and on floor and second-team in the all-around, which brings the senior to a career total of 11 All-America awards.  Jessie DeZiel pulled down two All-America selections on beam and in the all-around. The Huskers also made history by collecting four first-team All-Americans on beam with Wong, DeZiel, Hollie Blanske and Jamie Schleppenbach.

Nebraska opened competition on floor jumping to a 49.350 team score led by Wong’s 9.95 mark. Junior DeZiel with a vital performance notched a 9.875, while the duo of Ariel Martin and Blanske chipped in 9.85 scores. Desire Stephens tallied a beautiful routine to round out the Husker lineup with a 9.825 score.

The Big Red moved to vault earning a team score of 49.200. All-American DeZiel paced NU with a score of 9.875, while Jennie Laeng and Blanske tacked on identical scores of 9.85. Wong snagged a 9.825 mark and redshirt freshman Martin boosted the Huskers’ efforts by sticking a 9.80.

After each team had competed on two events, Nebraska sat in third place behind Alabama (98.725) and Florida (98.475) while ahead of UCLA (98.475), Utah (98.250) and Penn State (98.100).

Following a bye, the Huskers took to bars putting up a 49.100 team score. The trio of Wong, DeZiel and Stephens all recorded 9.85 marks, while both Blanske and Amanda Lauer added on 9.775 scores. 

Heading into the final event the Huskers needed an incredible beam score to hold onto their third place spot to advance. Nebraska exceeded expectations by posting a season-high 49.450 to break the Nebraska post-season beam school record previously of 49.425 from the NCAA Regionals back in 2003. NU’s beam lineup was sparked by A. Lauer who started the rotation posting a 9.85 career-high score. Four Huskers of Blanske, DeZiel, Schleppenbach and Wong each tabbed a 9.90 score to take home first-team All-America status on the event.

“Our beam rotation was so awesome,” Emily Wong said. “Beam is definitely a mental game and with it being our last event, we just wanted to do our best. It was so much fun watching every single girl hit their routine, we just kept carrying off of one another.”

Nebraska will compete in tomorrow night’s NCAA Super Six Finals at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex at 6 p.m. CT. The Super Six will air live on ESPN3.com. 

Name

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

All-Around

Jordyn Beck

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Hollie Blanske 

9.85

9.775

9.90

9.85

39.375

 

Jessie DeZiel 

9.875

9.85

9.90

9.875

39.550

 

Jennie Laeng

9.85

9.75

9.825

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Ashley Lambert

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Amanda Lauer

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9.775

9.85

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Jennifer Lauer

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Ariel Martin

9.80

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9.85

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Madison McConkey

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Jamie Schleppenbach

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9.90

9.80

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Desire' Stephens

9.65

9.85

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9.825

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Emily Wong

9.825

9.85

9.90

9.95

39.525

 

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Nebraska

49.200

49.100

49.450

49.350

197.100

Alabama

49.350

49.375

49.350

49.575

197.650

Florida

49.375

49.550

49.399

49.425

197.650

Utah

49.300

49.275

48.975

49.475

197.025

UCLA

49.275

49.250

49.075

49.400

197.000

Penn State

48.925

48.650

48.075

49.175

194.825

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