Feb. 16, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Backed by titles from juniors Katie Hawthorne (all-around) and Linnaea Hance (balance beam), the Air Force women's gymnastics team finished second at its home triangular meet on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Air Force tallied a 191.775 to finish less than one point behind meet winner New Hampshire (192.725). Lindenwood wrapped up the three-team competition with a score of 187.850.
Hawthorne tallied a career-best 38.725 to win the all-around. Highlighting the junior's day were runner-up finishes on the uneven bars (career-best 9.775) and balance beam (9.625). She also added a pair of eighth-place finishes on the vault (9.600) and floor exercise (9.725). Hance, who tied with Hawthorne on the uneven bars (season-best 9.775), scored a 9.675 to win the balance beam. She also placed third in the all-around with a season-best score of 38.500.
Sophomore Jessica Wallander was the Falcons' top finisher on the vault with a fifth-place score of 9.675, while junior Jen Larsen and sophomore Alexandra Stych posted the squad's top marks on the floor exercise, tying for fourth with matching 9.750. Wallander and Stych also claimed a fifth-place tie on the uneven bars (9.700, career-best for Stych) and Larsen added a seventh-place score of 9.625 on the vault. Freshman Ali Ables rounded out the Falcons' top-10 finishers, as she placed sixth on the balance beam with a 9.500.
The Falcons return to action next Sunday (Feb. 24), when they head to Denton, Texas, for another triangular meet. Air Force will face Illinois-Chicago and host Texas Woman's University in a 2 p.m. meeting at Kitty Magee Arena.