NU WGYM: Lauer Earns Weekly Award Following Road Win

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The No. 7 Nebraska women’s gymnastics team collected its third Big Ten honor of the season as senior Jennifer Lauer grabbed Big Ten Specialist of the Week announced by the conference on Monday. Lauer captured her first honor of the season and the second of her career after a standout performance on beam against Minnesota. The Sioux City, Iowa, native picked up a 9.925 on the event for her stellar routine, tying with Minnesota’s Lindsay Mable for the top spot.

Lauer began the 2015 season with a vengeance after returning from an injury that left her out for much of 2014. In her first meet back, Lauer scored a 9.75 at home against Lindenwood. After battling a series of illnesses in late January and into early February, the senior rallied to notch two consecutive season-high scores in two weeks. On Feb. 7 against Iowa, she posted a 9.875 for second place, followed by her 9.925-winning performance at Minnesota on Feb. 14.

In the national rankings released today, Nebraska remains stable at No. 7 with an average team score of 196.492. The team continues to rank in the top 15 in all four events, holding the No. 2 spot on vault behind Oklahoma. NU is also ranked 13th on bars, 12th on beam and 8th on floor.

In addition to the team standings, three Huskers continue to hold top 25 spots nationally. Senior Jessie DeZiel ranks sixth on vault, 10th on beam and 11th in the all-around. Sophomore Ashley Lambert occupies the No. 9 spot on vault and is 18th in the all-around, while junior Hollie Blanske continues to rank in the all-around (19th) and floor (18th).

The Huskers will hit the road again this week as the team travels to Los Angeles, Calif., for a West Coast quadrangular. The meet will feature Sacramento State and No. 20 Arizona hosted by No. 9 UCLA. The meet is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. CT at Pauley Pavilion on UCLA’s campus.