The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team placed nine student-athletes on the Academic All-Big Ten list, the conference office announced Wednesday. The Huskers’ nine honorees led all conference gymnastics squads and gave the women’s gymnastics program 159 total academic all-conference selections. The Big Ten conference recognized a total of 676 winter sport student-athletes with 81 coming from Nebraska.
Jordyn Beck, Hollie Blanske, Jessie DeZiel, Amanda Lauer, Jennifer Lauer, Madison McConkey, Jamie Schleppenbach, Desire’ Stephens and Emily Wong were all named to the academic all-conference listing. In order to earn Academic All-Big Ten accolades, a student-athlete must be a letterwinner in at least their second year of competition and carry a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA.
Schleppenbach and Wong led the way for NU with their third career academic all-conference honor. The seniors have previously earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012 and 2013. Wong is also an Academic All-American, three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
DeZiel, Stephens and both Lauer sisters all took home their second academic all-conference award of their careers. Amanda and Jennifer Lauer also earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors last season and are two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-Americans. DeZiel and Stephens each picked up All-Big Ten accolades for the second consecutive season.
Sophomores Beck, Blanske and McConkey were all awarded academic all-conference honors in their first season of eligibility for the award. Blanske is also a previous NACGC/W Scholastic All-American award winner.
Nebraska returns to the competition floor on Saturday, April 5 for NCAA Regional action. The Huskers are slated to take part in the Seattle Regional at 6 p.m. CT as they vie for a spot in the 12-team NCAA Championship Field.
2014 Academic All-Big Ten
Jordyn Beck (R. Fr.) – Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science
Hollie Blanske (So.) – Business Marketing
Jessie DeZiel (Jr.) – Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science/Pre-Nursing
Amanda Lauer (Jr.) - Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science
Jennifer Lauer (Jr.) - Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science
Madison McConkey (So.) - Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science
Jamie Schleppenbach (Sr.) – Advertising and Public Relations
Desire’ Stephens (Jr.) – Advertising and Public Relations
Emily Wong (Sr.) - Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science