Feb. 24, 2013
DENTON, Texas - With a share of the event title on the uneven bars, junior Linnaea Hance paced the Air Force women's gymnastics team during its quadrangular competition at Texas Woman's University on Sunday, Feb. 24. As a squad, the Falcons finished fourth with a score of 191.225.
Hance scored a career-high 9.850 to finish in a three-way tie for first on the uneven bars with a pair of gymnasts from Centenary. Hance was also Air Force's leader in the all-around, as she scored a season-high total of 39.725 to finish third. Backing her all-around performance were top-12 finishes on the balance beam (9.650, seventh) and vault (career-best 9.675, 12th).
Hance's win on the uneven bars paced Air Force to four finishes within the top half of the 24-gymnast field. Classmate Katie Hawthorne tied for eighth with a tally of 9.750, while junior Jessica Hanner, sophomore Alexandra Stych and sophomore Jessica Wallander all tied for 11th with matching scores of 9.700 (career-high marks for Hanner and Stych).
Hanner was the Falcons' top finisher on the balance beam, placing second with a score of 9.750, while Wallander paced the team on the vault with a sixth-place finish of 9.775. Hawthorne rounded out the top Air Force finishers, as she score a 9.650 to finish 12th on the floor exercise.
Illinois-Chicago won the four-team competition with a 193.800, edging host TWU who finished second with a score of 193.575. Centenary finished third with a score of 191.625, while the Falcons scored a 191.225 to take fourth.
The Falcons return to the Academy next Saturday (March 2), when it hosts Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent Seattle Pacific at 6 p.m.