Not all the tears Monday were because of Senior Night.
The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team also got emotional watching Janelle Giblin earn a perfect score on the bars.
Giblin, a senior from San Ramon, Calif., told the team that was one of her goals for the season. Earning a 10 was a challenge — there was one perfect score previously on the event this season.
“It’s so easy on bars for something to go wrong,” coach Dan Kendig said. “It was so unbelievable. It brought tears to your eyes.”
Emily Wong and Jessie DeZiel also had great nights, Kendig said.
Both scored career-highs in the all-around (39.675). Wong earned or tied for titles on vault (9.95) and floor (9.925). DeZiel earned or tied on vault (9.95), beam (9.875) and floor (9.925).
The Huskers beat Iowa 197.675-194.50. It was NU’s highest score this season and the third-best in the country this year.
Kendig is hoping the 12th-ranked Huskers (7-1, 5-1 Big Ten) continue on that high note at Minnesota at 6 p.m. Saturday, when the Huskers take on the Gophers, Arkansas and Centenary.
Third-ranked Michigan (6-1) has already clinched a share of the regular-season Big Ten title, but Nebraska can join the Wolverines in the top spot by beating Minnesota (4-1). It would be the Huskers’ third straight conference title.
“I feel the team is in a good place,” Kendig said. “We need to stay focused and hit routines.”
Tennis home stand
Illinois and seventh-ranked Northwestern will try to knock off the Nebraska women’s tennis team this weekend.
The Huskers host Illinois on Friday at 5 p.m., then face Northwestern on Sunday at noon at the Nebraska Tennis Center.
“Both will be tough,” coach Scott Jacobson said.
The Huskers’ No. 10 ranking is its highest ever. Michigan at No. 8 and Purdue at No. 21 are other ranked Big Ten teams.
“There are a little over 300 Division I schools in the country,” Jacobson said, “so you have to be pretty proud of the kids for what they accomplished.”
NU lost one player from last year’s 16th-place team. Good depth and some strong players at the top have carried the Huskers to 12-1, including 2-0 in conference play.
Mary Weatherholt at No. 1 singles is undefeated and ranked No. 16 in the country. She and Patricia Veresova are No. 13 at No. 1 doubles.
Freshman Maggy Lehmicke also has done a good job at No. 4 singles, Jacobson said.
The men’s team travels to Northwestern for a noon match Saturday.
>> The rifle team heads to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend for the eight-team NCAA championships.
NU (19-6, 3-3 Great America Rifle Conference) joins Alaska-Fairbanks, Jacksonville State, Kentucky, TCU, Air Force, Army and West Virginia in the championship field.
The Huskers are making their first appearance since 2010, when they placed sixth, including a fifth-place finish in smallbore and fourth in air rifle. NU earned a spot in this year’s championship as the No. 7 seed.
The Huskers fired a 4,647 to finish third at the GARC championships last month.
>> The 10th-ranked Nebraska men’s gymnastics team has the weekend off after earning its highest team score in a 435.850-426.350 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma.
Junior CJ Schaaf scored a personal best on the pommel horse (14.05) while teammate Eric Schryver won with a score of 14.95. Schaaf also did his best in the all-around, scoring an 83.900.
NU’s last meet will be Senior Night on March 16 against Minnesota and Iowa.
>> The women’s golf team will be at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., Friday through Sunday.
— Marjie Ducey