Jan. 29, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - For the second straight week, the Air Force women's gymnastics team increased its season-best team score, recording a total of 191.500 against 18th-ranked Minnesota (195.575) on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Minneapolis, Minn. The Falcons, who moved to 1-1 in dual meets, accounted for three season-high team scores and 11 individual season-best marks.
Senior Brittany Dutton and freshman Linnaea Hance recorded the Falcons' highest score and best event finish, respectively. Dutton scored a season-high mark of 9.775 to place sixth on the floor exercise, while Hance finished fourth on the balance beam behind a score of 9.750. Hance's score is a personal improvement of .150.
Dutton also recorded the squad's best score on the vault, en route to a second-place finish in the all-around. The senior team captain posted a season-best score of 9.675 to tie for fifth on the vault, while surpassing the 38-point all-around total for the second consecutive week with a total of 38.200.
Junior Samantha Jones rounded out the Falcons' event leaders, as she recorded a career-best score of 9.650 to place sixth on the uneven bars.
Air Force also received a score above 9.700 on the balance beam from freshman Jessica Hanner, who collected a mark of 9.725. Hance and Hanner became the first Falcons this season to crack the 9.700-mark on the beam.
In addition to Hance's career-best score on the balance beam, the freshman also improved her personal scores on the uneven bars (9.600, seventh tie) and floor exercise (9.550, 10th).
Senior Holland Davis improved her career marks on both of her events, tallying a 9.600 on the vault (seventh) and a 9.500 on the uneven bars (10th). Classmate Lisa Wong upped her season-best marks on the balance beam and floor exercise with matching scores of 9.650.
The Falcons did not have to count a single score lower than 9.150 and only counted two that fell below 9.450. As a team, Air Force improved its team scores on the uneven bars (47.675) and floor exercise (48.125), en route to the season-best team score of 191.500.
Air Force heads to Davis, Calif., next weekend (Feb. 4) to take on Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leader, UC Davis. Action is slated to begin at 6 p.m. (PST) at The Pavilion.