Feb. 22, 2010
DENVER, Colo. - Highlighted by numerous career-best performances and even more season-high marks, the Air Force women's gymnastics team posted its highest team score in over two years during a dual meet with 18th-ranked Denver on Monday, Feb. 22, at the Pioneers' home gym. The Falcons tallied a combined score of 191.725, bettering their previous season-high by over three points.
Denver, ranked 18th in the latest GymInfo Coaches Poll, tallied a team score of 193.900 to win the dual meet. However, with only a 2.175 margin separating the two programs in the final results, tonight marked one of the closest finishes in the long history of competition between the two local programs.
Air Force opened the night on the uneven bars, where it showcased its best combined performance of the season. Junior Holland Davis got the Falcons off to a strong start, tallying a career-best 9.550 - a personal improvement by .275 - before freshman Erin Brown improved her event score by a margin of .225 for a total of 9.425. Junior Brittany Dutton and senior Michelle Denise recorded matching scores of 9.625, as Dutton matched her season-best mark and Denise tallied her highest score of the year. Sophomore Jenna Dudley recorded a team-high score of 9.675, before senior Aftan Boudreaux upped her season-best score on that event to 9.650. In all, the Falcons combined for its highest team score of the season on the uneven bars, at 48.125 - an improvement by nearly one point.
The Falcons moved to the vault, where Wong opened the rotation and tallied a score of 9.500. Freshman Tara Harris upped her career-best tally by a half-point to 9.650, while senior Stephanie Frick, who only returned to competitive gymnastics on Saturday night following a two-year absence due to injury, tallied a score of 9.325. Denise earned a 9.425, while Dutton and Dudley paced the team with matching scores of 9.675 to close out the rotation.
Two career-best marks were met or matched during the floor exercise, en route to a season-best team total of 47.900. Wong opened the rotation with a season-best 9.475, before Brown upped her career score to 9.350. Harris scored a 9.075, while Denise was tabbed with 9.600. Dutton scored a 9.700, before Dudley closed out the night with a career-best matching score of 9.775.
The Falcons closed out the night with a season-best performance on the balance beam. Wong tallied a score of 9.650 to get the event underway, before Denise and Dudley recorded season-best marks of 9.600 and 9.700, respectively. Harris posted a tally of 9.025, before Brown upped her personal-best score on the beam to 9.675. Dutton closed out the night with a 9.150. By having to count just one fall, the Falcons amassed their highest event score of the season at 47.775.
Overall, Dudley made two trips to the awards podium, tying for second on the floor exercise and finishing second in the all-around with a career-best matching score of 38.825. The sophomore also paced the squad on the uneven bars (fifth) and balance beam (sixth, tie), while tying with Dutton for sixth on the vault.
Air Force is off until Friday, March 12, when it travels to Anchorage, Alaska, for the first of two dual meets against the Seawolves.