March 22, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Highlighted by a runner-up finish on the uneven bars from senior Katie Hawthorne, the Air Force women's gymnastics team picked up a fifth-place finish at the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Davis, Calif., on Saturday, March 22.
Hawthorne, who scored a 9.800 to tie for second on that event, was one of three Falcons to earn top-10 placements at the conference meet. Classmate Linnaea Hance joined Hawthorne among the top-10 on uneven bars (tied for seventh, 9.750), while scoring a season-high 9.800 to tie for eighth on the vault with junior teammate Jessica Wallander.
Wallander accounted for the team's top finish on the floor exercise, as she and freshman Kara Witgen tied for 16th with matching scores of 9.700, while sophomore Shannen Kelly posted the squad's top placement on the balance beam, tying for 12th with a 9.750.
Hance, who finished fifth in the all-around with a score of 38.775, also finished among the top-half of the 36-competitor field on the balance beam, tying with classmate Jessica Hanner for 14th (9.725). In addition, fellow senior Jen Larsen tied for 12th on the vault with a career-best matching 9.775 and junior Lindsay Ebel tied for 15th with a 9.700.
Sacramento State, who returned to the conference this season, scored a 195.650 to snap UC Davis' four-year streak of claiming the conference title. The host Aggies scored a 194.975 to take second, edging returning MPSF member San Jose State (194.550). Seattle Pacific scored a 194.075 to finish fourth, while Air Force and Alaska-Anchorage rounded out the field with respective fifth-place (193.650) and sixth-place (192.200) finishes.
The Falcons are off from competition until the NCAA Regional Championships, which will be held on Saturday, April 5. The field for the regional meet will be announced early next week.