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Nebraska Earns Eighth Big 12 Gymnastics Title
March 31, 2007

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Nebraska won the 2007 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship on Saturday at the Hearnes Center on the University of Missouri campus. The Huskers have claimed a conference-leading eight crowns (1997-99, 2001-03, `05, `07) in the Big 12's 11-year history.

The Huskers compiled a score of 196.475 followed by runner-up Oklahoma (195.325). Team host Missouri (194.450) and defending champion Iowa State (193.975) finished in third and fourth place, respectively.

Individual champions included Emily Parsons (Nebraska) in the all-around, vault, and balance beam. The St. Charles, Mo. native also tied with Brittney Koncak-Schumann (Oklahoma) for top honors in the floor exercise. While Janet Anson (Iowa State) and Parsons' teammate Michele Zabawa shared the uneven parallel bars title. Zabawa recorded her second victory in that event, she also won in 2005. It marked Parsons' third consecutive win on the balance beam and her second straight vault triumph.

The top four finishers in each event including all-around earned All-Big 12 honors. The conference also announced its Gymnast, Newcomer and Coach of the Year in a vote by Big 12 coaches.

Anson (Iowa State) and Parsons were named Co-Big 12 Gymnasts of the Year while Megan Barnes (Iowa State) was honored as Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Dan Kendig (Nebraska) as Big 12 Coach of the Year.

In 2006, Anson was also selected Gymnast of the Year. The Kansas City, Mo. senior and Parsons have recorded the Big 12's top all-around score this season with a 39.650. Entering the championship, Anson was ranked fifth in the nation in the all-around with a 39.440 regional qualifying average.

Parsons has captured 32 event titles and six in the all-around during her junior campaign, including tonight's championship. She was ranked first nationally on floor exercise with a regional qualifying average of 9.930 as well as second on vault (9.945) and tied for third on balance beam (9.910) at the conclusion of the regular season.

Barnes competed in the all-around eight times during her freshman campaign with a season-high score of 39.125 at Iowa. The Salt Lake City, Utah, native is ranked tied for 21st nationally on vault while picking up four vault titles.

Kendig has been recognized by his peers for the fifth time as Big 12 Coach of the Year. He led the Huskers to a 16-4 dual record in 2007 and a Top 10 national ranking. Nebraska's regional qualifying average is a 196.535 through regular season meets.

All four Big 12 teams entered the meet nationally ranked in the Top 20. Nebraska is rated seventh while Oklahoma is 10th, Iowa State, 15th and Missouri, 18th.

Nebraska 196.475
Oklahoma 195.325
Missouri 194.450
Iowa State 193.975

Emily Parsons, Nebraska 39.650
Janet Anson, Iowa State 39.550
Kiara Redmond, Oklahoma 39.475
Adrianne Perry, Missouri 39.450

Emily Parsons, Nebraska 9.950
Adrianne Perry, Missouri 9.900
Janet Anson, Iowa State 9.900
Kylie Stone, Nebraska 9.875

Uneven Bars
Michele Zabawa, Nebraska 9.900
Janet Anson, Iowa State 9.900
Kiara Redmond, Oklahoma 9.875
Adrianne Perry, Missouri 9.850
Alicia Hatcher, Missouri 9.850
Brittney Koncak-Schumann, Oklahoma 9.850
Stephanie Carter, Nebraska 9.850
Brittney Williams, Nebraska 9.850
Desire' Sniatynski, Nebraska 9.850
Emily Parsons, Nebraska 9.850
Ceilia Maccani, Iowa State 9.850
Katie Lasher, Iowa State 9.850

Balance Beam
Emily Parsons, Nebraska 9.950
Kiara Redmond, Oklahoma 9.900
Kathryn Howard, Nebraska 9.875
Janet Anson, Iowa State 9.875

Floor Exercise
Brittney Koncak-Schumann, Oklahoma 9.900
Emily Parsons, Nebraska 9.900
Kiara Redmond, Oklahoma 9.875
Janet Anson, Iowa State 9.875

Co-Gymnast of the Year: Janet Anson, Iowa State and Emily Parsons, Nebraska
Newcomer of the Year: Megan Barnes, Iowa State
Coach of the Year: Dan Kendig, Nebraska

Attendance: 1,983
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