Linnaea Hance

Linnaea  Hance


Bend, Ore.

High School:
Naperville North (Ill.)



Aerial Gymnastics


Linnaea Hance Claims Straight Third MVP Award

Hance is the second gymnast in Academy history to earn the team's MVP honor three times in a career.


Lindsay Ebel, Linnaea Hance Earn USAG Accolades

Ebel was honored with the Mari-Rae Sopper Spirit Award and Hance was named the Outstanding Senior Gymnast.


Linnaea Hance Wins USAG Title on Uneven Bars

Hance is the program's seventh USAG champion - and the first since 2011.


Linnaea Hance Earns MPSF Gymnast of the Week Honors

It is the fourth career honor for the Falcon's team captain.


Linnaea Hance Named Women's Gymnastics MVP

Jessica Wallander (most improved) and Shannen Kelly (top freshman) were also honored.

SENIOR | 2014: Team captain.

JUNIOR | 2013: Named the program's Most Valuable Gymnast for the second straight year...USAG All-American (first-team) on the uneven bars...earned all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors on the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around...became the first Falcon since 2004 to surpass 39 points in the all-around with a winning score of 39.050 during Air Force's victory over Seattle Pacific...also broke the 39-point mark at UC Davis (39.025)...recorded a 38.825 to finish third at the MPSF Championships...NCAA Regional participant in the all-around for the season consecutive year...set a personal-best vault score of 9.825 to take fourth at the MPSF Championships...recorded career-best matching scores of 9.850 on the uneven bars during three meets (at Texas Woman's University, versus Denver, at USAG Championships-Team Qualifier)...the scores against Denver and at the USAG meet helped Air Force set and match an Academy-record team score of 48.925...the 9.850 at the USAG Championships was the best amongst both sessions of qualifiers (64 total gymnasts)...also won the uneven bars during both meets with Seattle Pacific and at TWU...matched career-best score of 9.800 on the floor exercise in a winning effort at the Air Force Quadrangular and again at home against Denver...recorded a season-best score of 9.750 on the balance beam at the Burnsley Invitational and again at the conference championships...placed first on that event at the Air Force Triangular (9.650)...claimed MPSF Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 26) and Air Force Athlete of the Week (Mar. 4) honors...ranked among the top three on every event, including team-leading marks on the uneven bars and all-around.

SOPHOMORE | 2012: Selected as the program's Most Valuable Gymnast...placed 14th in the all-around at the NCAA Regional Championships...that placement was Air Force's best at a regional meet since 2005...USAG All-American (second team) on the uneven bars...earned all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors on the uneven bars, balance beam and all-around...earned MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors on March 6...won the uneven bars at Rutgers after scoring a career-best 9.850...also tied for first on that event at UC Davis, Alaska-Anchorage and Eastern Michigan...also reached the 9.800-mark on the bars at EMU...tallied a career-high 9.800 on the balance beam during the home triangular with Western Michigan and Denver...placed first on that event at UC Davis and again at Alaska Anchorage...also scored a career-high mark in the all-around (38.775) during the Falcons' triangular meet...earned a personal-best 9.800 on the floor exercise during the team finals of the USAG Championships...scored a career-best 9.650 on the vault at Rutgers...recorded the team's top finishes at the MPSF Championships, placing fourth on both the uneven bars and all-around...ranked among the team's top three on every event, including team-leading marks on the uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around.

FRESHMAN | 2011: USAG All-America (second-team) selection on the uneven bars...all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree on the balance beam and all-around...competed in every meet, including six as an all-around competitor...scored a career-high 38.575 against Bridgeport...also tallied personal-best highs on the uneven bars (9.800) and floor exercise (9.600) at that meet...uneven bars score was the second-highest on the team in 2011...matched that floor score again against Eastern Michigan and Denver...scored a career-high balance beam score of 9.750 on two occasions...captured the first at Minnesota to place fourth...matched that score in the regular-season finale against Denver...led the team with a 9.517 average on the beam...tallied a career-best 9.475 on the vault at UC Davis...cleared the 38-point mark in three of six all-around competitions...collected first-place finishes in the all-around at UC Davis and at home against Eastern Michigan...tied for first on the uneven bars against Bridgeport...named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 15.

HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Naperville North High School...member of the High Honor Roll (4.0 GPA)...Wellesley Book Award nominee...studied Spanish for four years and took two years of Mandarin Chinese...member of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.)...competed at the club level for Aerial Gymnastics Club...coached by Don and Patrice McPherson and Jeanne Johnson...four-time Level 10 state and regional qualifier...two-time alternate for the Junior Olympic National Championships...placed second in the region on the balance beam...also finished second on the uneven bars and ninth in the all-around at the regional championships.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Geoffrey and Cynthia Hance...has one older sister, Madora...nickname is "Nae"...majoring in management and earning a minor in Chinese...future career plans include becoming an acquisitions officer...served as Obstacle Course cadre during Basic Cadet Training (summer 2013), the Executive Officer during Air Force Sports Camps (summer 2013) and Logistics cadre during Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (summer 2012)...also served as the Honor NCO, Honor Officer, Cadet-in-Charge of "Coats for Kids" and Form 94 Cadet-in-Charge for squadron...named to the Athletic Director's List during all six semesters...also named to the Dean's List (two semesters), Commandant's List (one semester) and Superintendent's List (one semester)...hobbies include baking and outdoor sports (hiking, biking, etc.)...favorite event is the uneven bars...has a corn snake...has been to China twice...has gone scuba diving in the Cayman Islands...worked Sports Camps and the BCT Obstacle Course over the summer...member of Cadet Squadron 36.

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