Feb. 8, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team surpassed the 193-point mark for the sixth time in the last two seasons during a 193.025 outing against 10th-ranked Auburn (195.950) on Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Academy's Cadet Gym.
The Falcons' overall score, which included season-best marks on the vault (48.300) and floor (49.000), is tied for the program's seventh-best score since 2007.
Seniors Katie Hawthorne and Linnaea Hance posted the Falcons' best finishes of the night, taking fourth on the floor exercise and balance beam, respectively. Hawthorne matched her career high of 9.825 to pace a quartet of Falcons to scores of at least 9.800. Classmate Jen Larsen, junior Jessica Wallander and sophomore Sarah Neumann all tied for fifth with matching marks of 9.800. That score was a season-high for Larsen, career-best matching mark for Wallander and a new personal best for Neumann. The team's combined score of 49.000 was just 0.300 shy of the Academy record that has stood since 2004.
Hance, who finished fourth on the balance beam with a score of 9.725, used her first plus-39 score of the season to take third in the all-around (39.025 ... a mark just 0.025 shy of her personal best). She also accounted for the squad's best finish on the uneven bars, finishing fifth with a season-high score of 9.800.
The Falcons' team captain was one of two Falcons to finish within the top half of the field on the beam, as junior Lindsay Ebel recorded a sixth-place score of 9.650. Recording a score of 9.750 for the fourth straight meet, Wallander was the Falcons' top finisher on the vault, tying for sixth.
The Falcons are off from competition until Sunday, Feb. 23, when they travel to St. Charles, Mo., for a dual meet with Lindenwood. It is the second time this year that the Falcons have face the Lions, as the two programs met in the season-opener at Minnesota.