DeZiel sweeps Big Ten Awards

True freshman Jessie DeZiel was named the Big Ten's Gymnast of the Week and Freshman of the Week for her performance in Nebraska's season-opening match against the Denver Pioneers. The awards, which were released on Monday, come after the Huskers defeated No. 20 Denver in record fashion, 197.375-195.225.

DeZiel becomes the first Nebraska gymnast to earn an individual conference honor after capturing the all-around title with a score of 39.575, which is the highest debut in school history. DeZiel scored at least a 9.875 on all four events, including a 9.925 to win the floor exercise title.

As a team, DeZiel helped the Huskers post the 10th-highest score in school history and the highest score ever in a season-opening dual.

DeZiel and the Huskers return to action on Friday, Jan. 20, when they travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. Action is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m.

2012 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 9         G: Sharaya Musser, Jr., PSU

                    F: Emma Willis, IOWA

Jan. 16      G: Jessie DeZiel, Fr., NEB

                    F: Jessie DeZiel, NEB