WGYM: Two Huskers Win Weekly Awards

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

Following its second place finish on the road at the UCLA quadrangular, the Nebraska women’s gymnastics team collected two Big Ten honors as Sophomore Ashley Lambert claimed Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week and freshman Grace Williams grabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Week announced by the conference on Monday.

Lambert picked up her second award of the season following a stellar floor performance at UCLA. The sophomore posted a career-high 9.95 on the event to help the Huskers to its season-high 49.475 total, tying with UCLA’s Danusia Francis for the title. She also competed on vault (9.875) and beam (9.75) to help lead the Huskers to a 196.650 team score. Lambert’s first conference award came earlier in the season when she snatched Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week for her second consecutive 10.00 vault performance at the Rutgers quad meet Jan. 24.

Williams seizes the first Big Ten honor of her career after an impressive all-around performance against UCLA, Bridgeport and Sacramento State in Los Angeles. The Linden, Mich., native produced a 39.250 to earn second place behind the Bruins’ Sam Peszek. She earned steady scores on all four events to lead as NU’s top all-around competitor, including a 9.875 floor routine that fueled the Huskers to its season-best event score. The last Nebraska gymnast to claim Big Ten Freshman of the Week was Jessie DeZiel in 2012.

As a team, Nebraska comes in at No. 8 in the latest GymInfo national rankings. This week’s rankings switched from overall team average to the regional qualifying score (RQS) format. RQS is determined by first taking a team’s top six total scores (with at least three away meets), dropping the highest score and then averaging the remaining five scores. Nebraska’s RQS of 196.595 moved them down one spot from last week’s national rankings.

As RQS scores come into full swing, NU holds down top 20 spots on all four events, including the No. 4 spot on vault. Nebraska is also ranked eighth on floor, 12th on beam and tied for 17th on bars.

Individually, three Huskers continue to rank in the top 25 nationally. Lambert ties for 10th on vault with an RQS score of 9.905. Senior Jessie DeZiel occupies the No. 9 spot in the all-around (39.325) as junior Hollie Blanske ranks 10th (39.315). Blanske also ties for 15th on floor and 17th on vault with identical 9.890 RQS scores.

The Huskers return home for the first time in three weeks as Nebraska hosts the 27th annual Masters Classic this weekend. NU will welcome San Jose State and No. 16 Illinois to the Devaney Center this Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.