Feb. 26, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Backed by a season-high 193.675, the Air Force women's gymnastics team earned a narrow victory over Eastern Michigan (193.225) in its return to the Academy on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Senior Linnaea Hance and junior Jessica Wallander combined for a share of all four event titles.
Hance won the uneven bars (career-best 9.850) and balance beam (9.825) outright, while Wallander tied for first on the vault (season-best 9.775) and floor exercise (career-best 9.800).
Hance, the lone all-arounder (38.175), paced the Falcons to four of the top five scores on the beam. Classmate Jessica Hanner tied for second with a season-best 9.775, while junior Lindsay Ebel finished fourth with a 9.750 and sophomore Sarah Neumann placed fifth with a score of 9.700. Hance also led Air Force to three of the top four scores on the bars, with junior Alexandra Stych and senior Katie Hawthorne tying for second with matching scores of 9.775 (career-high for Stych).
Wallander matched her personal-best tally of 9.800 on the floor exercise, as the Falcons posted three of the top-five marks on that event. Stych finished fourth with a 9.700, while Hance tied for fifth with a score of 9.650. The anchor of the Falcons' vault rotation, Wallander secured a three-way tie for first on that event, while senior Jen Larsen and freshman Cara Curran tied for fourth with scores of 9.725 (season-high for Larsen, career-high for Curran).
The two teams will face off again on Saturday, March 1, during the second of three consecutive meets between the two squads. Action begins at 6 p.m., in Cadet Center Gym.