Air Force Sets Season-High Score on the Balance Beam
March 14, 2009
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Paced by a career-best performance by freshman Jenna Dudley, the Air Force women's gymnastics team set a new season-best team total on the balance beam during its final road meet of the regular season at Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, March 14. The Falcons improved their team mark on the apparatus by nearly a half point, accumulating a mark of 47.550.
Air Force tallied its fourth-highest team score of the season (189.425), but Southeast Missouri State won the dual meet with a score of 195.750 - its best at the Division I level.
With a personal-best score of 9.725, Dudley placed fifth on the balance beam, matching the team's best event finish of the night. Her mark on the balance beam was one of two career-best marks accounted for by Dudley this evening. She also tallied a career-high 9.675 to pace the Falcons with a fifth-place finish on the vault. Additionally, the freshman placed third in the all-around with a score of 38.100. It is the seventh time in 10 meets that Dudley has surpassed the 38-point mark in the all-around.
Senior Abbey Rogers and junior Aftan Boudreaux tied for the team-lead on the uneven bars, as the pair tied for seventh with matching scores of 9.650. Sophomore Brittany Dutton led the Falcons on the floor exercise, as she tallied a score of 9.725 to place fifth.
Dudley wasn't the only Falcon to account for a career-best mark during the meet. Classmate Katie Shetley bolstered her personal-high on the balance beam, scoring a 9.700 to tie for sixth. In addition, Dutton posted a pair of season-high marks on the vault (9.650) and balance beam (9.675).
The Falcons have a short turnaround, as they return to the Academy to host Denver in the regular season finale on Tuesday, March 17. The meet, which begins at 6 p.m., will be Senior Night, as the Rogers, the squad's lone senior will be honored following the competition.