Wong and Schleppenbach Lead Huskers to Successful Season

Posted By: Peter Terpstra

LINCOLN – Emily Wong will leave Nebraska as one of the most accomplished Husker gymnasts in history.

The Grand Forks, N.D., native said she didn’t think she could compete with the rest of the team when she joined Nebraska as a freshman.

She figured it out quickly and became a four-time first-team All-American for the Huskers. Her accomplishments include the AAI Award as a senior which goes to the best gymnast in the country.

Wong’s father also passed away before the start of her final season. She said growth in her faith helped her get through the year where she finished sixth-best nationally All-Around.

Jamie Schleppenbach had to fight through adversity as well. She suffered a season-ending torn Achilles in her ankle while warming up for a meet her junior season. She said sitting out the rest of that year helped her appreciate the sport and it helped her to her best performance at the NCAAs. Schleppenbach finished tied for third on beam when she took her final bow.

Nebraska returns two All-Americans for next season. Junior Jesse DeZiel finished eighth on beam earning her second All-American accolade. Sophomore Hollie Blanske finished 10th in the same event in her first NCAA Championships appearance.