March 17, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Just three days after surpassing the 195-point mark for the first time since 2004, the Air Force women's gymnastics team bettered its overall total again in its regular season finale on Monday, March 17. Backed by season-high team scores on three of the four events, the Falcons tallied a 195.300 during a narrow loss to 21st-ranked Arizona (195.775).
Senior Linnaea Hance and freshman Kara Witgen shared first-place honors on the floor exercise, recording matching scores of 9.850 (career-high marks for both). Five Falcons accounted for scores of 9.800 or higher, as the team posted a season-high score of 49.125. Junior Alexandra Stych tied for third with a career-best matching 9.825, while classmate Jessica Wallander and sophomore Sarah Neumann tied were part of a four-way tie for fifth (9.800, career-best matching mark for Neumann).
Air Force accounted for a pair of top-six finishes on the uneven bars, en route to a season-high team score of 48.850. Hance, who won the all-around with a career-high 39.175, tied for second with a 9.850, while Stych added a career-best score of 9.800 to finish fourth.
Scoring a 9.825 to tie for third, sophomore Shannen Kelly represented Air Force among the top half of the field on the balance beam, while Wallander earned the same placement on the vault with a 9.850 to match her season high. Wallander, whose finish broke up an Arizona sweep of the top-six in that event, helped the Falcons to a season-high event score of 48.625.
With tonight's season-high total of 195.300 (the 15th-highest score in MPSF history), the Falcons have improved their overall team score during all 11 regular-season meets in 2014.
Air Force returns to action on Saturday, March 22, when it travels to Davis, Calif., for the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. The meet, hosted by UC Davis, is slated to begin at 6 p.m.