Career Honors & Awards

  • WCGA Scholastic All-American (2022) 
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2023, 2024) 
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2021; Spring 2022, 2023)
  • Nebraska Bronze Academic Medallion (2023)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2022, 2023)
  • 2x J.O. Nationals Qualifier
  • 2019 Level 10 Region 3 Champion (Floor)
  • 2019 Level 10 Texas State Champion (Vault)
  • 2018 Level 10 Texas State Champion (Bars)
  • 2017 Level 10 Texas State Champion (Floor)

2023 (Sophomore)
Emma Simpton competed in 11 of Nebraska's 12 meets during the 2023 season, helping the Huskers to the NCAA Denver Regional. Simpton made her beam debut at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational, claiming the event title. She added two more beam titles during the season (at Penn State, at Utah State), both with a score of 9.925 (a career-best). Simpton also set a personal best on bars, earning a 9.900 at the Masters Classic. She made her collegiate floor debut at Illinois, earning a 9.825. 

2022 (Freshman)
Simpton competed regularly during her freshman campaign for the Huskers. She competed at nine of the 11 meets during the season on uneven bars. Simpton set a then-career best on the event with a 9.850 at the Big Five meet. 

Before Nebraska
A two-time J.O. Nationals qualifier who posted her top individual finish by taking 17th on vault in 2019, Simpton was one of the top all-arounders in Texas the last four years. At the 2019 Region 3 Championships, Simpton won the floor exercise title (9.475), while adding runner-up finishes on vault (9.850) and beam (9.450) to take second in the all-around (37.925). She added a fifth-place finish on bars. It marked the second straight year that she finished in the top six on every event at the Region 3 Championships, including a trio of third-place finishes on vault, floor and in the all-around in 2018. She was a three-time Level 10 Texas State Champion, claiming individual event titles on vault (2019), bars (2018) and floor (2017). During the early portion of the 2020 season, Simpton won vault, floor and bars titles on her way to the all-around crown at the Alamo Classic. She added bars and floor titles to claim a runner-up finish in the all-around at the 2020 Biles Invitational.

Simpton trained with Metroplex Gymnastics in Dallas under coaches Marnie Futch, Gina Quinlan, Kambri Hoffman and Nikki McElroy.

Simpton was an honor roll student throughout high school at Texas Connections Academy.

The daughter of Stephen and Abby Simpton, Emma was born Dec. 19, 2002, in Houston, Texas. She has an older brother, Luke, and two younger sisters, Julia and Anna Grace.

A nutrition and health sciences major, Emma was a 2022 WCGA Scholastic All-American and a 2023 Academic All-Big Ten choice. She is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and has claimed two spots on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She chose Nebraska over Auburn and Georgia.

Simpton's Career Highs at Nebraska

  • Bars: 9.900 (2x, last vs. UNC/SEMO/ISU)
  • Beam: 9.925 (2x, last at Utah State, 3/3/23) 
  • Floor: 9.825 (at Illinois, 1/28/23)

2024 Season Highs

  • Bars: 9.900 (UNC/SEMO/ISU, 3/3/24)
  • Beam: 9.825 (at Iowa, 2/4/24)

2023 Season Highs

  • Bars: 9.900 (Masters Classic, 3/11/23)
  • Beam: 9.925 (2x, last at Utah State, 3/3/23)
  • Floor: 9.825 (at Illinois, 1/28/23)

2022 Season Highs

  • Bars: 9.850 (at Big Five, 2/19/22)