Falcons Post Season-High Score in Loss to Reigning USAG National Champions
Feb. 12, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by a career-best night on the uneven bars, the Air Force women's gymnastics team improved its overall team score to 192.400 on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. Despite the season-high score, the Falcons dropped a narrow 0.025 victory to Bridgeport (192.425), the defending USAG national champions.
Senior Brittany Dutton's 9.825 on the uneven bars concluded a stellar night on that event for the Falcons, who earned four of the top five scores and accounted for six personal-best marks. Freshman Linnaea Hance took second with a 9.800, while junior Samantha Jones and senior Holland Davis tied for fourth with matching marks of 9.750. Freshmen Jen Larsen (9.625) and Jessica Hanner (9.525) also improved their personal marks on that event. As a team, the Falcons scored a 48.750 -a tally just shy of the program record of 48.900.
Air Force also claimed the top spot on the balance beam, as Hance and senior Lisa Wong tied for first with matching marks of 9.725. Wong matched her career high with that score. Sophomore Tara Harris tied for second on that event with a season-high tally of 9.675.
Jones paced the Falcons on that vault with a career-best mark of 9.750, while Wong added a personal-best tally of 9.725 to finish fourth and Dutton placed fifth with a season-high tally of 9.700. Dutton and Jones also led Air Force on its final event. Dutton finished second on the floor exercise with a 9.750, while Jones took third with a career-best matching mark of 9.725.
Hance finished second in the all-around with a career-high 38.575, while Dutton took third (38.425).
The Falcons' combined score of 192.400 is the third-best total during the Doug Day era.
Air Force heads back out on the road next weekend, traveling to Ypsilanti, Mich., for a dual meet with Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 19. It will be the first of three competitions between the Falcons and Eagles over the next three weeks, as EMU travels to the Academy for two meets the first weekend of March.