Jan. 22, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Paced by a pair of event titles, the Air Force women's gymnastics team posted a season-best score of 191.475 to defeat Seattle-Pacific (190.425) in its home opener on Saturday, Jan. 22. Senior Brittany Dutton and junior Samantha Jones won the uneven bars and floor exercise, respectively, as Air Force improved its overall score by nearly four points.
Both Dutton and Jones posted career-best marks en route to their respective victories. Dutton matched her personal-best score on the uneven bars with a 9.775 to better the field by .200, while Jones improved her career-best score on the floor exercise to 9.725.
The duo also tied for the team lead on the vault, finishing second with matching scores of 9.650. That score is a season-best for Jones, while Dutton matched the seasonal high that she first tallied last week. Senior Lisa Wong and sophomore Tara Harris added duplicate scores of 9.600 to tie for the third-best score of the night. Wong set a new career high with that performance, while Harris matched her own personal-best score.
Freshman Jen Larsen finished third on the uneven bars with a career-high 9.500, while Jones and senior Holland Davis added matching season-best marks of 9.450 to tie for fourth. Dutton and freshman Jessica Hanner posted the squad's top marks on the balance beam, as the pair tied for fourth with scores of 9.650. That score is a career-best for Hanner and just .050 off of Dutton's personal-best mark. Larsen also tied for third on the floor exercise, as she tallied a career-best 9.625.
Dutton won the all-around with a career-best 38.625, as Air Force increased its overall team scores on all four events. The Falcons collected marks of 48.025 on the vault, 47.525 on the uneven bars, 48.000 on the balance beam and 47.925 on the floor exercise, en route to the 191.475.
Seattle-Pacific's Sherah Veron won the vault with a 9.725, while teammate Anissa Madrid guided the SPU Falcons to the top three spots on the balance beam with a total of 9.775.
Air Force heads back out on the road next Saturday (Jan. 29), when it travels to Minneapolis, Minn., for a dual meet with 14th-ranked Minnesota.