Falcons Defeat MPSF Leader UC Davis in Home Opener
Feb. 18, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team used its highest score of the season to defeat league-leader UC Davis, 191.625-190.925, in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym.
The win was the Falcons' second straight victory over a conference opponent.
Freshman Jessica Wallander claimed a victory on the vault for the Falcons, while pacing the squad on the floor exercise. Wallander scored a 9.800 to win the vault and took second on the floor with a career-best score of 9.750. She also tied with sophomore Linnaea Hance for second on the uneven bars, as the pair tallied matching scores of 9.700.
Sophomore Jessica Hanner recorded the Falcons' top finish on the balace beam, collecting a career-best matching mark of 9.800 to take second. Hance finished third in that event with a score of 9.725.
Wallander paced the Falcons to a four of top five spots on the floor exercise, as the team collected its best total of the season at 48.500. Classmate Alexandra Stych and sophomore Katie Hawthorne tied for third with matching scores of 9.725 - career-best marks for both - while Hance finsihed fifth with a personal-best score of 9.700.
Three more Falcons also placed within the top half of the field during the squad's home opener. Sophomore Jen Larsen placed third on the vault (9.650), while freshman Lindsay Ebel tied for fifth on the uneven bars (9.625) and sophomore Emily Bucher finished sixth on the balance beam (9.525).
Air Force heads back out on the road next weekend, traveling to Piscataway, N.J. The Falcons will take on Bridgeport and Eastern Michigan during a quad meet at Rutgers on Saturday, Feb. 25.