Feb. 8, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - The Air Force women's gymnastics team broke the 193-point mark for the second time this season, during a narrow 193.575-193.200 loss to Utah State on Friday, Feb. 8, in Logan, Utah. The Falcons were paced by sophomore Jessica Wallander, who celebrated her 20th birthday with a victory on the floor exercise.
Wallander matched her career high on the floor of 9.800 to win the event and pace Air Force to a season-high combined total of 48.700. She was one of four Falcons to score within the top five, as juniors Linnaea Hance and Katie Hawthorne tied for second with matching scores of 9.750 and sophomore Alexandra Stych tied for fifth with a mark of 9.725.
Wallander also paced the Falcons on the vault and tied for the team lead on the uneven bars. The sophomore scored a season-best matching score of 9.800 to tie for third on the vault, while matching her career-best score of 9.750 to tie with Hawthorne for second on the uneven bars.
Hawthorne, who matched her career high on the floor exercise and set a season-best mark on the uneven bars, also scored a career-best 38.675 to finish second in the all-around. The junior added an additional top-five finish on the balance beam, after garnering a 9.700 to finish fifth.
Junior Jessica Hanner rounded out the Falcons' event leaders, as she tied for second on the balance beam with a season-best matching score of 9.800. Hanner also finished third in the all-around (career-best 38.575) and tied for fifth on the uneven bars (career-best 9.700) with Hance. Air Force earned two additional finishes within the top-half of the 12-gymast field, as Hance placed sixth on the vault (season-best 9.625) and fellow junior Emily Bucher tied for the same placement on the balance beam (9.600).
The Falcons return to action next Saturday (Feb. 16), when they host Lindenwood and New Hampshire at the Academy's Cadet West Gym.