Dec. 4, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by a combined six first-place finishes, the Air Force gymnastics "Blue" team defeated its "Silver" counterparts during the third annual Blue-Silver Intrasquad Meet on Saturday, Dec. 4. Gymnastics from Team Blue (274.650) posted a share of the top scores in three of the four women's events, as well as three of the six men's events, to defeat the Silver Squad (273.000).
The final team scores were determined by combing the top three women's scores and the top two men's scores.
Three different members of the women's team contributed to its three first-place finishes, including freshman Jessica Hanner, who posted a team-leading score of 9.800 to win the balance beam. Senior team captain Brittany Dutton won the uneven bars with a score of 9.850, while classmate Lisa Wong took first on the vault with a tally of 9.650.
Dutton also scored for the Blue Team as the runner-up on the balance beam (9.700) and floor exercise (9.600), while Hanner scored on the vault (9.550, second) and uneven bars (9.400, fourth tie). Wong also contributed to the Blue Team's total on the balance beam (9.000, sixth) and floor exercise (9.500, fourth).
The Blue Team also collected scores from sophomore Tara Harris, who tied with Dutton for second on the floor exercise (9.600) and finished seventh on the vault (9.300). Freshman Laura Fauss rounded out the Blue Team's scorers with an 8.600 on the uneven bars (eighth tie).
On the men's side, the Blue Team was paced by senior Nash Mills and sophomore James Okamoto. Mills collected the meet's top scores on the still rings (14.500) and parallel bars (13.800), while Okamoto won the pommel horse with a score of 14.500.
Sophomore Alex Jessop was the Blue Team's top finisher on the floor exercise, as he finished second with a score of 13.500. Jessop was one of three Blue Team members to finish second in the meet. Freshman Patrick Duffy placed second to Okamoto on the pommel horse, tallying a score of 13.900, while junior Devin Menefee finished second to Mills on the still rings (13.300) and senior Dan Klimkowski took second behind Mills on the parallel bars (13.200).
Klimkowski also scored for the Blue Team on the floor exercise (13.300, fourth), while Mills (11.400, fifth) and Jessop (9.990, sixth) counted toward the team's final score on the high bar. Menefee also counted toward the Blue Team's score on the vault, as he tied with freshman Ben Zaiser for third (14.900).
The Silver Squad collected one first-place finish from the women's team and three event titles on the men's side. Junior Sammi Jones won the women's floor exercise with a score of 9.700, while sophomore Tory Brown won the floor exercise (13.900), vault (15.700) and high bar (13.500) for the men.
Jones also scored for the Silver Squad on the vault (9.400, fifth tie), uneven bars (9.400, fourth tie), while freshman Katie Hawthorne scored for the squad on the uneven bars (9.550, second tie), balance beam (9.100, fourth tie) and floor exercise (9.250, sixth). Classmate Jen Larsen tied with Hawthorne on both the uneven bars (9.550) and balance beam (9.100) to score for the Silver Squad.
Freshman Linnaea Hance and senior Holland Davis paced the Silver Squad on the vault, placing third (9.500) and fourth (9.450), respectively. Hance also tied for second on the balance beam (9.700) and placed fifth on the floor exercise (9.400).
On the men's side, freshman Mac Ritchie was the runner-up on the high bar (12.800), while also placing fourth on the still rings (12.800) and parallel bars (12.800). Senior Aaron Zaiser placed second on the vault (15.100), while finishing third on the floor exercise (13.400). Freshman Tyler Huebner also picked up a pair of scoring finishes for the Silver Squad, after placing third on the still rings (13.100) and tying for fourth on the pommel horse (11.300).
Sophomore Nick Owen and senior Matt Thorne rounded out the scoring finishers for the Silver Squad. Owen placed third on the pommel horse with a score of 12.300, while Thorne tied for second on the parallel bars with a total of 13.200.
Overall, Dutton won the women's all-around with a score of 38.250, while Hance and Hanner placed second (37.900) and third (37.350), respectively. Mills, the only all-around competitor for the men's team, posted a combined score of 78.800.
The men's team officially opens the season at home on Saturday, Jan. 15, when they host the annual Rocky Mountain Open at 6 p.m., at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. The women, who kick off the season at Denver on Jan. 8, open the home portion of their schedule on Jan. 22 in a double-dual meet with the men's team. The women will host Seattle-Pacific, while the men will host service academy rival Army.