Falcons Take Third at Maryland Invitational
Jan. 15, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team placed third at the Maryland Triangular on Saturday, Jan. 15, in College Park, Md. The Falcons posted a team score of 186.475 to finish behind host Maryland (194.525) and 13th-ranked New Hampshire (192.300). It is the second straight week that Air Force has faced a nationally-ranked team.
The Falcons opened the day on the uneven bars, where freshman Linnaea Hance paced the squad with a score of 9.500. Junior Samantha Jones and senior Holland Davis reached the 9.300 mark, with scores of 9.350 and 9.300, respectively.
Sophomore Tara Harris was the Falcons' top scorer on the balance beam, tallying a season-high of 9.375. Senior Lisa Wong tallied a season-best 9.275, while Hance added a score of 9.075 to round of the squad's top three finishers.
Wong captured a score of 9.675 to pace Air Force on the floor exercise, as the Falcons improved their team score by nearly two points from last week's debut. Jones and senior captain Brittany Dutton collected matching scores of 9.600, while freshman Jennifer Larsen and Hance added respective scores of 9.300 and 9.200. Both Larsen and Hance's marks were personal improvements.
The Falcons wrapped up the competition on the vault, where Air Force also improved its overall team score on that event. All six gymnasts scored above a 9.250. Dutton paced the way with a 9.650 in her first vault of the season. Jones and Wong also reached the 9.500 mark, tallying respective season-best totals of 9.575 and 9.500. Davis added a season-high tally of 9.450, while freshman Jessica Hanner matched her season-best score of 9.375. Harris rounded out the Falcons' scorers with a score of 9.250.
Air Force opens its home season next Saturday (Jan. 22), when it hosts Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe, Seattle-Pacific, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. The meet will run in simultaneously with the men's showdown against Army. Action begins at 1 p.m.