Air Force Collects Third-Place Finish at Denver Winterfest Classic
Jan. 16, 2010
DENVER, Colo. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team tallied a season-high score of 185.850 to finish third at the DU Winterfest Classic this evening (Jan. 16) in Denver, Colo. Three different gymnasts paced the Falcons in their second consecutive meet against a pair of nationally ranked teams in sixth-ranked Denver and No. 18 Penn State.
Host Denver won its own meet with a score of 194.650, just edging out Penn State, who finished second with 194.150. Air Force's third-place score of 185.850 is over a point better than its season-opening score, as nearly every gymnast improved on at least one event score from last week.
Sophomore Jenna Dudley recorded the program's best finish of the night, while junior Brittany Dutton paced the Falcons on a pair of events. Dudley scored a 9.725 to place eighth on the floor exercise, while tying with Dutton for 12th on the vault with a score of 9.575. In addition to tying for the team lead on the vault, Dutton paced the Falcons on the uneven bars with another score of 9.575. Dutton also earned a top-10 finish on the floor exercise, as she placed ninth behind a score of 9.675.
Freshman Tara Harris also earned a top-10 finish for the Falcons, as she score a 9.475 to place 10th on the balance beam.
Senior Michelle Denise finished just .025 out of the top 10 on the uneven bars, as she scored a 9.550 to place 11th. Junior Lisa Wong, making her season debut, also picked up an 11th-place finish, scoring a 9.375 on the balance beam.
The Falcons return to action on Sunday, Jan. 24, when they travel to Normal, Ill., for a quadrangular meet with host Illinois State, No. 30 Western Michigan and Wisconsin-La Crosse.