Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year (2019-20)
  • Big Ten Medal of Honor (2020)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (2020)
  • Nebraska Heart & Soul Award (2020)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Nebraska Gold Academic Medallion (2020)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2020)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; Spring 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2019)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • J.O. National Championships Qualifier (2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Region 4 Champion (2011: FX)

2020 (Senior)
Sierra Hassel was one of Nebraska’s most consistent competitors during the 2020 season. She finished the season as the 18th-highest ranked gymnast on floor exercise with an individual NQS of 9.915. She was also the second-highest ranked gymnast on floor in the Big Ten Conference.
Consistency defined Hassel’s senior campaign, as she recorded scores of 9.85 or higher on floor in every meet of 2020, including a career-high of 9.95 against Missouri on March 7. She also recorded scores of 9.825 or higher in every meet on balance beam, including a season-high of 9.925 on Jan. 9 at Southern Utah.She received Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honors twice during the 2020 season.  Hassel was honored as a First Team All-Big Ten selection for the second time at the conclusion of the 2020 season.
Hassel excelled in the classroom and beyond during her senior year. She was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters and was named a WCGA Academic All-American in 2020. Hassel was also honored as the Big Ten Conference’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She also was named the Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year for her efforts inside and outside of the gym during the 2019-20 academic year. She graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in Accounting and Management.

2019 (Junior)
Hassel took the next step forward and became a huge contributor for the Huskers in the 2019 season, primarily competing on balance beam and floor exercise. She set new career highs on three events this year with a 9.775 on vault at the B1G Five Elevate the Stage meet on Feb. 22, a 9.975 on balance beam she set on March 16 at the 29th Annual Masters Classic as well as setting a floor exercise career high of 9.925 twice this season with the latest also coming during the Masters Classic. She was honored being named First Team All-Big Ten for the first time in her career.

She took home three vent title this season, two on balance beam against Washington and at the Masters Classic and one on floor exercise against Minnesota. Hassel was also named Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week the week of March 19 for her performance at the Masters Classic. Her 9.975 on balance beam ties the second highest balance beam score in Nebraska's history. 

Hassel once again excelled in the classroom earning Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in her career, and was named a WCGA Scholastic All-American. She was also named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters this year as well as being named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. 

2018 (Sophomore)
In her second season with the Huskers, Sierra Hassel competed in every regular-season meet on beam and floor. She hit a career high on floor (9.875) three times, with the latest coming against Iowa on Feb. 10.

She earned her first career event title by sharing the floor crown with teammate Grace Williams, posting a 9.875 against Iowa. An injury prevented Hassel from seeing action in Nebraska's postseason lineups.

Hassel also performed well in the classroom. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and earned academic All-Big Ten honors while also claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2017-18. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

2017 (Freshman)
Hassel emerged as an important performer in Nebraska's beam lineup down the stretch as a freshman. After competing on floor in the early part of the season, Hassel was inserted into the beam lineup at the B1G Five meet and hit strong routines in each of NU's final four meets.

In her first-career collegiate beam routine, Hassel scored a 9.85 at the B1G Five meet to help the Huskers clinch the Big Ten regular-season title. She scored a career-high 9.875 on beam at the NCAA Lincoln Regional to help NU earn a bid to the NCAA Championships, where she contributed a 9.825 on the event.

Hassel got off to an excellent start in the classroom and the community, as she was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17. She was also a member of the 2017 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Before Nebraska
Hassel trained at Triad Gymnastics in Ankeny, Iowa, under coaches Tom and Donna Moretti and was a club teammate of current Husker Danielle Breen. In 2016, Hassel won titles on beam and floor at the Gopher Invite. A three-time J.O. National Championships qualifier, Sierra finished second on uneven bars at the Level 10 Region 4 Championships in 2014, while finishing seventh in the all-around. She was a Region 4 champion on floor exercise in 2011.

The daughter of Vince and Raquel Hassel, Sierra was born on Nov. 14, 1997. She has a twin sister, Sage, and two younger sisters, Logan and Mesa. Hassel graduated from Johnston High School in 2016. Sierra is majoring in accounting and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018 and 2019. She was also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2018. She is a six-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She also earned spots on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Hassel's Career Highs at Nebraska

  • Vault: 9.80 (at Michigan State, 1/26/20)
  • Beam: 9.975 (at Masters Classic, 3/16/19)
  • Floor: 9.95 (2 times, last vs. Missouri, 3/7/20)

2020 Season Highs

  • Vault: 9.80 (at Michigan State, 1/26/20)
  • Beam: 9.925 (at Southern Utah, 1/9/20)
  • Floor: 9.95 (2 times, last vs. Missouri, 3/7/20)

2019 Season Highs

  • Vault: 9.775 (at Elevate the Stage, 2/22/19)
  • Beam: 9.975 (at Masters Classic, 3/16/19)
  • Floor: 9.925 (2 times, last at Masters Classic, 3/16/19)

2018 Season Highs

  • 9.85 (3 times, last at Oklahoma, 2/16/18)
  • 9.875 (2 times, last at Iowa 2/10/18)

2017 Season Highs

  • Beam: 9.875 (at NCAA Lincoln Regional, 4/1)
  • Floor: 9.65 (at Michigan, 1/28)