Abbey Rogers Leads Falcons with Two Event Victories
Jan. 20, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force junior Abigail Rogers collected a pair of first-place finishes, as the women's gymnastics team wrapped up competition with Centenary College on Sunday, Jan. 20, in the Academy's West Gym. Increasing its team score by over two points from Friday's meet, the Falcons tallied 188.400 - a score already a point higher than last year's best score - to finish second to Centenary (190.625) in another close battle.
Rogers increased all of her event scores by at least .300 from the season opener on Friday and recorded four personal best tallies. Rogers garnered a 9.825 to win the floor exercise. That mark was the highest score awarded by the judges during the afternoon. She also added new career-high scores of 9.450 on the balance beam (seventh) and 9.350 on the uneven bars (eighth) to win the all-around with a career-best tally of 38.225. In addition, she tied for third on the vault with a score of 9.600 - a score just .050 shy of her personal high.
Rogers wasn't the only event winner for the Blue and Silver. Sophomore Michelle Denise won the uneven bars with a score of 9.600. Denise also increased her season scores on the floor exercise (9.050) to finish third in the all-around (37.375).
Sophomore Kayla Kincade picked up the Falcons' top score on the balance beam, scoring a season-best 9.625 to finish third. Freshman Brittany Dutton picked up a pair of top-five finishes, scoring 9.550 to place fourth on the uneven bars and 9.575 to finish fifth on the balance beam.
The Falcons' team score of 188.400 is the best combined score in head coach Doug Day's tenure. The mark displaces the previous high of 187.250, which Air Force set last year against Denver. Air Force increased its season-best marks on the uneven bars and balance beam from the season-opening meet with Centenary on Friday.
The Falcons head out on the road for the first time next weekend (Jan. 27), when they travel to Denton, Texas, to take on Texas Woman's University, Denver and Maryland in a quadrangular meet.