EAST LANSING, Mich. — Headed into its fourth and final rotation Saturday, Nebraska needed a stellar performance in the vault to overtake Michigan for the Big Ten championship.
The Huskers delivered a program-record 49.725 to surpass the Wolverines for Nebraska’s third consecutive conference title. Four Huskers — Hollie Blanske, Jessie DeZiel, Janelle Giblin and Brittany Skinner — earned scores of 9.95 to tie for top honors on the event. NU’s Emily Wong posted a 9.925 en route to her second straight Big Ten all-around title.
Wong won or tied for top honors on uneven bars (9.925), balance beam (9.90) and floor (9.975). On the balance beam, she tied with teammate Jennifer Lauer and three others for the event title.
Wong’s all-around score of 39.725 is the seventh highest in school history. DeZiel finished second at 39.625.
The Huskers finished with a team score of 197.800. Michigan, after leading through three rotations, was second with 197.225. The title is coach Dan Kendig’s 14th at Nebraska.
NU is among 36 teams that will compete in six NCAA regionals April 6. Twelve teams advance to the NCAA national championships April 19 through 21.