Air Force Clears 190-Point Plateau for Second Victory
March 16, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Highlighted by two event victories from junior Abigail Rogers, the Air Force women's gymnastics team cleared the 190-point plateau for its second victory of the season. After hovering near the elusive mark for the last four meets, the Falcons tallied a mark of 190.975 to defeat host Alaska-Anchorage (190.250) on Sunday, March 16.
Improving their season-high mark by over six points during the course of the season, the 190.975 is the best Air Force combined score since the 2005 season.
Rogers posted first-place finishes on the balance beam and floor exercise, en route to a winning total on the all-around. Rogers improved her overall total on beam to win the event with a mark of 9.700 - a score .100 better than the rest of the field. She also bettered the field by .100 to win the floor exercise, earning a score of 9.825.
In addition, Rogers' winning all-around score of 38.825 was a personal improvement by .500.
Rogers also tied with freshman Brittany Dutton for the Falcons' top finish on the vault. The duo posted totals of 9.650 to take second on that event. Sophomore Michelle Denise paced the Falcons on the uneven bars, as she finished third with a season-best 9.675.
Dutton and Denise finished second and third, respectively, in the all-around. Dutton posted a score of 38.350 to take second, while Denise improved her season-best score to a third-place mark of 38.325. Contributing to Denise's total was a second-place finish on the floor (9.725) and a top-six finish on the beam (9.500).
Air Force also earned six other finishes within the top half of the field. Dutton and classmate Lisa Wong tied for third on the beam (9.575), while Rogers and Dutton finished fourth (9.650) and sixth (9.600), respectively, on the uneven bars. Senior Kelly Lewis added two top-six finishes, placing fourth on the vault with a mark of 9.625 and fifth on the floor with a score of 9.575.
The Falcons close out the regular season on Monday, March 24, when they host local rival Denver at 6 p.m., in the Cadet West Gym.