Wong, Lauer Capture Big Ten Honors
Following a season-best team score of 197.225 on Saturday at Penn State, two Huskers earned conference weekly honors for their individual efforts, as announced by the Big Ten Conference on Monday. Senior Emily Wong earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week accolades, while junior Jennifer Lauer took home Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honors. The award marks the second honor this season for Wong and her fourth overall, while Lauer’s award is the first of her career.
Wong claimed gymnast of the week honors after notching a 9.90 on three events en-route to tying for the all-around title (39.575) against Penn State. She tied for first on bars, and floor, while adding a third-place finish on vault and a tie for fourth on beam. Her efforts were instrumental in helping Nebraska to its highest scores of the season on vault (49.400) and beam (49.400).
Wong’s performance also boosted her efforts in the national rankings, as she is now third in the all-around with an average score of 39.525. She is also tied for fourth on floor (9.925), seventh on bars (9.895) and 23rd on vault (9.880).
Sioux City, Iowa, native Jennifer Lauer picked up her first Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award after posting a season-best-tying score of 9.925 on beam against the Nittany Lions. Lauer earned her fifth event title on beam this season and has scored no lower than a 9.85 in any performance on the event. In the national rankings, Lauer moved into fourth on beam, averaging a score of 9.895.
Wong, Lauer and the No. 7 Huskers return to Lincoln this weekend, welcoming Big Ten rival No. 8 Michigan to the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday, Feb. 14. The action is set to start at 6 p.m. CST. The match-up between the top two teams in the Big Ten will be televised via tape delay on the Big Ten Network on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. CT. The meet is also the Huskers’ annual Pepsi Pack the House event featuring $1 admission and 24-oz Pepsi products for fans. Fans can purchase tickets for Friday’s online at Huskers.com or by calling the Nebraska Ticket Office at 1-800-8BIGRED.