Los Angeles, Calif. - Two Nebraska gymnasts bagged a total of six All-America honors in Session I of the 2013 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships on Friday afternoon. Emily Wong earned first-team accolades on vault, floor and in the all-around and second-team laurels on beam. Jessie DeZiel also snagged second-team honors on beam and in the all-around. Joining Wong and DeZiel in competition at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus was senior Husker Brittany Skinner, who competed on vault.
Wong captured a 39.575 in the all-around to finish third overall in the session and earn first-team All-America honors. She opened strong on beam in her first rotation, nailing a 9.875 to finish in a tie for sixth and capture a second-team All-America award. She followed up by posting a session-best 9.90 on floor to finish in a tie for first, then added an identical 9.90 effort on a beautiful vault to tie for fourth. After taking a bye in the fifth rotation, she finished with a 9.85 on bars to cap a powerful individual showing.
Wong's efforts will earn the junior two spots in the NCAA individual event finals on Sunday afternoon. She finished in the top four in the session on both vault and floor exercise and will vie for an individual national title on each event.
In addition, Wong's four total All-America honors are the most for any Husker since Emily Parsons earned four in 2005. Her three individual first-team awards are also the most since Parsons captured three first-team accolades in 2006.
DeZiel earned a 39.425 in her all-around effort to finish eighth in the session and pick up second-team All-America honors. The Rogers, Minn., native began her day with a solid 9.85 performance on the uneven bars, sticking her routine to outscore all of the competitors in her rotation with Minnesota. She followed up by tying her season-high effort of 9.875 on beam, carrying out a rock-solid routine and hitting a difficult dismount to finish in a tie for sixth and capture a second All-America award. The sophomore moved to floor, earning a 9.85 before finishing with an identical 9.85 on vault in her final event of the day.
Skinner competed alongside Stanford on vault in the third rotation. The senior capped her season by finishing 24th in the session on the event with a 9.825.
The Super Six team finals are slated to take place tomorrow, April 20 at 6 p.m. CT. Wong will then take the floor for the Huskers in the individual event finals on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. CT.
Name Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around
Jessie DeZiel 9.85 9.85 9.875 9.85 39.425
Brittany Skinner 9.825 --- --- --- ---
Emily Wong 9.90 9.85 9.875 9.90 39.525