Feb. 23, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Posting the program's third-highest team score of the last eight years (193.625), the Air Force women's gymnastics team picked up a second-place finish at the Lindenwood Triangular on Sunday, Feb. 23, in St. Charles, Mo.
Missouri won the triangular meet with a combined score of 195.125, while Air Force (193.625) and host Lindenwood (193.025) rounded out the field during the Lions' Pink Out meet.
Senior Linnaea Hance paced the Falcons with a pair of top-three individual finishes. Hance, who combined for a 38.875 in the all-around, tied for second on the balance beam (9.825) and third on the uneven bars (career-best 9.850). Her beam score paced the Falcons to four of the top six scores on that event, as junior Lindsay Ebel finished fourth (career-best 9.775) and the duo of sophomore Shannen Kelly and senior Jessica Hanner tied for sixth with matching marks of 9.725 (a personal-best for Kelly).
Kelly and junior Jessica Wallander recorded Air Force's top scores on the floor exercise, as the pair tied for sixth with matching 9.725 scores. Sophomore Sarah Neumann also finished among the top half of the field on the floor, posting a score of 9.700 to finish eighth. A trio of Falcons - Wallander, Hance and freshman Cara Curran tied for the squad's top score (9.675) on the vault to place eighth, while junior Alexandra Stych rounded out the Air Force gymnasts to finish among the top-half of the 18-competitor event field with a 9.725 on the uneven bars (ninth).
The Falcons return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 26, when they host Eastern Michigan at the Academy.