March 5, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Collecting a season-high 193.025 - the second-highest team total of the Doug Dayera - the Air Force women's gymnastics team wrapped up the 2012 home season on Monday, March 5, against 22nd-ranked Denver and Western Michigan.
The score, which shattered their previous 2012 high of 191.625 that was set during the home opener on Feb. 18, is the second-best total since Day's arrival in 2003. It trails only a pair of 193.300 marks that Air Force tallied against Denver on March 22, 2010, and March 14, 2011.
Sophomore Jessica Hanner tallied a career-best 9.825 to finish second on the balance beam, while freshmen Jessica Wallander and Alexandra Stych scored personal-high marks of 9.800 to tie for third on the floor exercise. Sophomore Katie Hawthorne tied for fourth on the uneven bars with a career-high 9.775, while classmate Linnaea Hance scored a career-high 9.800 to tie for third on the balance beam. Fellow sophomore Emily Bucher also scored a top-10 finish on the beam, behind a seventh-place 9.525 mark.
Hance, who finished third in the all-around with a career-high 38.775, also tied for seventh on the floor exercise behind a personal-best mark of 9.775.
Wallander was also the Falcons' top finisher on the vault, scoring a 9.750 to tie for seventh. In addition, she tied for ninth on the uneven bars with a career-best 9.750.
In all, seven Falcons combined for 12 career-best marks and two season-high scores. As a team, Air Force set season-high scores on the uneven bars, floor exercise and overall score.
Denver won the meet with a score of 196.050, while Western Michigan edged out the Falcons for second with a combined score of 193.450.
Air Force returns to action next Saturday (March 10), when it travels to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the Eagle Invitational. The Falcons will face Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Temple at the Convocation Center on the EMU campus.