Air Force Edges Eastern Michigan for Third Straight Win
March 5, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by first-place finishes from senior Brittany Dutton, classmate Lisa Wong and junior Samantha Jones, the Air Force women's gymnastics team defeated Eastern Michigan for its third straight victory on Saturday, March 5, at the Academy's West Gym. Jones' winning score on the floor exercise helped secure the narrow 190.950-190.750 victory.
Air Force improved to 2-1 this season against Eastern Michigan, sweeping both home contests by a narrow combined margin of 0.725. The Falcons have now won three straight dual meets by less than one point, as Air Force claimed another narrow victory (188.475-188.275) over Seattle Pacific on Feb. 25.
The Falcons claimed three of the four event titles, highlighted by a sweep of the top four spots on the uneven bars. Dutton scored a 9.675 to win the event, while Jones was the runner-up at 9.600. Freshmen Jen Larsen and Linnaea Hance finished third (9.575) and fourth (9.550), respectively.
Wong tied for first on the balance beam following a career-best performance of 9.750. Hance placed third (9.725), while freshman Jessica Hanner tied for fifth (9.625). Jones scored a 9.625 to win the floor exercise, while Hance tied for the runner-up spot with a mark of 9.600. Larsen tied for fourth on the event with a tally of 9.550.
Jones was also the Falcons' top scorer on the vault, tying for second with a mark of 9.725. Dutton also finished within the top half of the field, as she scored a 9.675 to take fourth.
Dutton scored a 38.425 to take first in the all-around, while Hance finished second at 38.175.
The Falcons return to action next Saturday (March 12), when they travel to Seattle, Wash., to take on 15th-ranked Washington and Seattle Pacific at 7 p.m.