Husker women gymnasts fall against ranked Michigan

  • Emily Wong
    Senior Emily Wong placed first in the floor exercise.
  • Desire Vault
    Junior Desire Stephens springs off the vault.
  • Desire Floor

 

Huskers fans at the Devaney Center Friday gave an extra loud cheer when senior Emily Wong was introduced. The North Dakota native captured multiple individual titles during the women’s gymnastics meet against Michigan , but Wong’s high scores weren’t enough to give Nebraska a win over undefeated Michigan.

Senior Emily Wong placed first in the floor exercise.

The Huskers began the meet with the vault event, while Michigan started on the uneven bars. The team posted a 49.250 with the help of a few key players. Jessie DeZiel ended with an impressive 9.9 score. Ariel Martin flipped to a 9.875. Nebraska took the lead early following the first rotation, as Michigan checked in with a 49.025 during their first rotation.

Junior Desire Stephens springs off the vault.

Second, Nebraska moved to the uneven bars and the Wolverines continued on to the vault. Michigan senior Joanna Sampson posted a 9.925 that pushed her team to a 49.275 score for the event. The Huskers earned high marks on bars, helping them maintain a small lead over Michigan. Most notable was Wong, once again taking a 9.9 that pushed her team to 49.225.

The third rotation turned out to be the most the lowest-scoring event for the Husker women. A few costly mistakes earned the team a 48.650 for the balance beam. Wong and Hollie Blanske scored highest, both coming away with a 9.80.

Michigan posted a 49.375 for their third rotation, the floor exercise. Sampson contributed an impressive 9.90 for her routine.

Fourth and final event for Nebraska was the floor exercise. Michigan took to the balance beam to perform their last event as well. The Huskers posted high scores, highest being Wong’s routine that earned a stunning 9.925. The score was high enough to take the title on floor exercise, but not to pull Nebraska ahead of Michigan.

Wong took home individual victories for her team, taking first place in the uneven bars and the floor exercise. She also won the all-around, a category in which she is undefeated this season.

Desire Floor
Stephens performs the floor exercise.

Despite the team’s efforts, No. 8 ranked Michigan walked away with the overall win, taking the meet 196.650 over Nebraska’s 196.125. The Huskers will take on Kentucky at their next meet. It takes place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Devaney Center at 2 p.m.

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