Jan. 26, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team accounted for its highest team total in two years during its home opener on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. The Falcons accounted for a combined score of 193.225 to finish second at the Air Force Quadrangular.
Junior Linnaea Hance matched her career-best score on the floor exercise (9.800) to tie for first, as the Falcons collected the second-highest total of the Doug Day era. The Falcons' team score is the highest by an Air Force squad since the 2011 program tallied a 193.300 against Denver.
Hance was one of four Falcons to place within the top five of the floor exercise, as the Falcons netted a season-high team mark of 48.525. Sophomore Jessica Wallander finished third with a season-best tally of 9.775, while classmate Alexandra Stych and junior Jen Larsen tied for fifth with matching scores of 9.725.
Wallander also tied with junior Katie Hawthorne for the team lead on the uneven bars, while Larsen shared the Falcons' highest mark on the vault with freshman Ali Ables. Following career-best scores of 9.775 on the vault for fourth-place finishes by Larsen and Ables, Wallander and Hawthorne earned a fifth-place tie on the bars with season-best marks of 9.725. In addition to her team-leading score on the uneven bars, Hawthorne joined Larsen and Ables among the vault's top-10 place-finishers, as she tallied a career-best 9.725 to tie for seventh.
Junior Emily Bucher scored a career-best 9.800 to finish fourth on the vault, while classmate Jessica Hanner, who also finished seventh on the uneven bars (career-best 9.675), tied for eighth with a season-best beam total of 9.725.
Less than one point separated the top three teams, as UC Davis won the four-team competition with a total of 193.725. Air Force finished second with its 193.225, while Missouri took third with a score of 193.000. Texas Woman's University rounded out the quad meet contenders with a score of 191.400.
The Falcons return to action next Saturday (Feb. 2), when they travel to Denver, Colo., for the annual Burnsley Invitational. Air Force will face Denver, North Carolina and San Jose State at 6 p.m., at Hamilton Gymnasium.