Lincoln, Neb. - Powered by the second-highest bars score in school history and Nebraska's first perfect 10.0 on any event since 2011, the No. 12 women's gymnastics team exploded for a season-high 197.675 to defeat Iowa on Senior Night. Iowa (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten) picked up a 194.950 against the Huskers in front of a crowd against 1,056 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Monday night. The team score is the third-highest in the nation this season. The Huskers (7-1, 5-1 Big Ten) kept their Big Ten regular-season championship hopes alive by posting season-high team scores on three of four events and nine career-best individual performances.
"I'm very happy for this team and the way they performed tonight," Head Coach Dan Kendig said. "They did really good, and we're even better--that's what's exciting. We can do even better. We will get back in the gym with two days of practice this week. We have to be ready for next week against Minnesota, because that's a big meet."
The Huskers were led by a trio of powerful performances across the board. Janelle Giblin paved the way for the Huskers with a perfect 10.0 on bars, only the second in the nation this season. The senior also tied for the beam title with a career-high 9.875. Emily Wong and Jessie DeZiel added identical career-high all-around scores of 39.675. Wong earned or tied for titles on vault (9.95) and floor (9.925), while DeZiel earned or tied on vault (9.95), beam (9.875) and floor (9.925).
The Huskers came out firing on vault in their first rotation, earning a season-high team score of 49.400. NU was led by identical 9.95s from Wong and DeZiel. Wong's score of 9.95 is a new career-high for the junior, while DeZiel's mark tied her career-best. Giblin and Brittany Skinner added identical scores of 9.85 to boost the Big Red's efforts on the event.
Iowa posted a 49.100 on bars in their first event of the evening. The Hawkeyes were led by a 9.875 from senior Emma Stevenson. With one rotation in the books, the Huskers held a narrow lead over Iowa at 49.400-49.100.
Nebraska exploded on bars in their second rotation, posting the second-highest score in the nation this season at 49.625. NU's team effort was also the second-highest bars score in school history. The Huskers were led by Giblin, who posted only the second 10.0 bars routine in school history and the first since 2001. Her perfect score is Nebraska's first in any event since 2011. Wong tied her career-high on the event with a stellar 9.95, and DeZiel earned a career-high 9.925 as well. Kassandra Nathe captured a new career-best with a 9.875, while Skinner tied her career-best with an identical 9.875.
The Hawkeyes earned a 48.775 vault in their second rotation. Iowa was led by Maya Wickus, who captured a team-high 9.85. Nebraska extended their lead over Iowa after two events, coming in at 99.025-97.850.
Nebraska carried their momentum onto beam, earning their second-highest score on the event this season at 49.250. Nebraska was led by a career-high 9.875 from Giblin and a season-best 9.875 by DeZiel. Wong and Jennifer Lauer sealed the effort on the event with each earning a solid mark of 9.85.
UI picked up a 49.000 on floor in their third rotation of the evening. The Hawkeyes were paced again by Stevenson, who earned a 9.875 on the event. With only one event remaining on the evening, Nebraska led Iowa 148.275-146.825.
The Huskers sealed their victory on floor in the final rotation, earning a season-high 49.400 as a team. The Huskers were led again by DeZiel and Wong, who earned season-best-tying scores of 9.925 apiece. Lauer added a career-high 9.90 on floor in the anchoring routine, while Hollie Blanske picked up a 9.85 overall.
Iowa struggled on beam in their final rotation, battling to a 48.075 overall. The Hawkeyes were led by Kaitlynn Urano's 9.775 mark. The Hawkeye squad finished with a 194.900 on the evening, but it would not be enough to overcome Nebraska's 197.675.
DeZiel and Wong went head-to-head in the all-around, coming out with identical career-high scores of 39.675. Skinner also appeared in all-around competition with a 38.475. Iowa was led by Alie Glover, who earned a 38.925 in all-around competition.
Nebraska will hit the road next weekend, facing Minnesota, Arkansas and Centenary in Minneapolis, Minn., with a share of the Big Ten conference crown on the line. The quad meet will start at 6 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 9 and will be held in the Sports Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus.
The Huskers bring a 5-1 record in conference action to the floor, while Minnesota will enter with a 4-1 record. After No. 3 Michigan clinched a share of the conference title last weekend with a final mark of 6-1 in Big Ten action, Nebraska will clinch a share of the conference crown with a win. Minnesota needs a win at Saturday's quad meet and a victory over Ohio State Buckeyes the following week to earn a share of the title.
Name Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around
Jordyn Beck --- --- --- --- ---
Hollie Blanske 9.775 9.80 --- 9.85 ---
Jessie DeZiel 9.95 9.925 9.875 9.925 39.675
Janelle Giblin 9.85 10.00 9.875 --- ---
Kailyn Hawkins --- --- --- --- ---
Amanda Lauer --- --- --- --- ---
Jennifer Lauer --- --- 9.85 9.90 ---
Ariel Martin --- --- --- --- ---
Madison McConkey --- --- --- --- ---
Kassandra Nathe --- 9.875 9.80 --- ---
Jamie Schleppenbach --- --- --- --- ---
Brittany Skinner 9.85 9.875 9.575 9.175 38.475
Desire' Stephens 9.80 --- --- 9.80 ---
Emily Wong 9.95 9.95 9.85 9.925 39.675
Team Score Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
Nebraska 49.400 49.625 49.250 49.400 197.675
Iowa 48.775 49.100 48.075 49.000 194.950