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Grand Forks gymnast Wong caps career with more All-American titles

Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong hugs assistant coach Heather Brink after completing her beam routine during the NCAA Gymnastics Individual Event Finals at the BJCC Arena. (Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports)1 / 3
Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong competes on beam during the NCAA Gymnastics Individual Event Finals at the BJCC Arena. (Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports)2 / 3
Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong dismounts the beam during the NCAA Gymnastics Individual Event Finals at the BJCC Arena. (Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports)3 / 3

Grand Forks gymnast Emily Wong’s long list of accomplishments at Nebraska grew Sunday in her final collegiate meet — the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Wong became a two-time first-team All-American in the floor with a 9.9 score to lead the Huskers to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA meet.

At the NCAA Championships, Wong finished eighth on floor and sixth in the all-around.

She received first-team All-American status in the floor and all-around and second-team All-American accolades in the uneven bars and beam. It was the second straight season she was a four-time All-American at the NCAA meet.

It was a big week for Wong. Earlier in the week, the senior received the AAI Award as the most outstanding female gymnast in the country, voted on by the NCAA women’s gymnastics head coaches.

Wong, a 2010 graduate of Grand Forks Red River, won 32 event titles this season and was undefeated in the all-around heading into the NCAA Championships.

Throughout the year, Wong competed with a heavy heart. She dedicated this season to her father, John, who passed away last October after a stroke.

Nebraska head coach Dan Kendig and the team bussed to Grand Forks for the funeral.

Although a difficult season, Wong’s results never wavered. She led the Huskers to a Big Ten Championship title behind a perfect 10.00 on the floor.

Wong will graduate in December with a 3.918 grade-point average earning her bachelor’s degree in nutrition, exercise and health sciences with a minor in psychology/child, youth and family studies. She plans to become a physical therapist.

“I am so very impressed with this young lady. She's like my hero," Kendig told the Lincoln Journal Star earlier this week. “It's great when great things happen to great people.”

Tom Miller
Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 10 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 
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