Los Angeles, Calif. - Nebraska women's gymnast Emily Wong notched a pair of top-10 finishes on floor exercise and vault on the final day of the 2013 NCAA Championships. The junior capped a stellar season by snagging 3rd place on floor exercise and 10th on vault at the individual event finals on Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.
Wong opened her night on vault as the last competitor in the third and final flight of the event. She stuck the landing on her yurchenko full vault to give her an average score of 9.8833 from the six judges and claim a top-10 finish on the event at 10th overall. Alabama's Diandra Milliner and LSU's Rheagan Courville tied for the national title, scoring averaging identical scores of 9.9250.
Wong's confidence was on full display as she followed up with a big floor exercise routine, scoring a 9.9125. The Grand Forks, N.D., native finished third overall, trailing only Alabama's Milliner (9.925) and national champion Joanna Sampson of Michigan (9.9375). Her third place finish was the highest for any Husker gymnast since Emily Parsons finished second nationally on beam in 2008.
At the conclusion of the meet, Wong was also honored for tying for third nationally in the all-around competition at the championship meet. Wong's score of 39.525 was third among all competitors between the two preliminary sessions of the NCAA Championship meet on Friday, April 19. Florida's Bridget Sloan won the meet title in the all-around with a 39.600.
Wong's performance at the NCAA Championships officially concluded the 2013 season for the Nebraska women's gymnastics team. The squad wrapped up the year with a 19-5 record overall, a Big Ten conference title and six All-America awards between two competitors in Jessie DeZiel and Emily Wong.