NU WGYM: Four Huskers Earn All-Conference Selections

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Nebraska Women’s Gymnastics: Four Huskers Earn All-Conference Selections
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The No. 10 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team picked up four spots on the 2015 Big Ten All-Conference teams list, the league office announced Tuesday. The Big Ten also announced that Nebraska will compete in the evening session of the Big Ten Championships, scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Two Huskers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for their consistent all-around performances all season long. Senior Jessie DeZiel grabbed her fourth Big Ten first-team award, becoming the first Husker to do so since Nebraska joined the conference in 2012. Junior Hollie Blanske snatched her second career honor, this time picking up her first first-team award. Senior Desire’ Stephens and sophomore Ashley Lambert both acquired their first career honors, as they were named to the second-team.

In her final season, DeZiel currently ranks third in the conference in the all-around with an RQS of 39.455. Heading into the Big Ten Championships this weekend, the senior also ranks first on vault (9.925), second on bars (9.895), fourth on beam (9.860) and 10th on floor (9.865). She has collected 14 event titles this season, including two back-to-back all-around crowns in the last two weeks.

Blanske is the conference’s seventh-ranked all-around performer with an RQS of 39.385 and a season best 39.500. The junior also holds down two top-10 event conference rankings, slotted fourth on vault (9.895) and fifth on floor (9.905). She has won nine titles this season and garnered first-team accolades for the first time in her career, as last year she was named to the conference’s second-team.

Stephens collected her first All-Big Ten honors in her senior season, named to the second-team. The Omaha, Neb., native currently ranks eighth in the conference on vault with an RQS score of 9.865.

Lambert also earned a spot on the second-team all-conference list for the first time of her career. The sophomore pulls down the fourth spot on vault in the Big Ten, holding an RQS of 9.910. All four all-conference selectees contribute to Nebraska’s No. 5 nationally-ranked vault squad.

All-Big Ten honorees were chosen based on a selection process implemented in the 2013 season. The top-10 student-athletes were allotted points based on their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) standing, with 10 points given to the No. 1 ranked athlete and one point given to the No. 10 ranked athlete. All points from each event and in the all-around were then combined, with ties given the same number of points. The student-athletes with the 12 highest points were named to the first team, while the next 12 captured second-team accolades.

The 2015 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be held Saturday, March, 21, at the Crisler Center on the Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. BTN will provide live coverage of both sessions.

Based on the results of the two Big Ten Five meets last weekend, the teams were placed in one of two sessions for Saturday’s conference championships. Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State and Rutgers will compete in the afternoon session at 10:30 a.m. CT. Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio State and Penn State will compete in the evening session at 3:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are available on Michigan’s website.