March 24, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team scored a 189.125 to finish third at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Davis, Calif., on Saturday, March 23. Sophomore Linnaea Hance paced the Falcons with a pair of fourth-place scores.
Hance recorded the Falcons' best finishes of the night, placing fourth on the uneven bars and in the all-around. The sophomore scored a 9.600 on the uneven bars, while totaling a 37.875 in the all-around to earn the fourth-place scores.
In addition to Hance's fourth-place score, Air Force earned two other top-10 marks on that event. Senior Sammi Jones finished fifth with a 9.575, while freshman Jessica Wallander placed ninth with a mark of 9.525.
The Falcons picked up three finishes within the top half of the 24-gymnast field on the floor exercise. Wallander tallied the squad's highest score of the night (9.725) to finish ninth, while freshman Alexandra Stych and sophomore Katie Hawthorne tied for 12th with matching marks of 9.675.
Freshman Kim McRobbie was Air Force's top finisher on both the vault and balance beam. McRobbie placed seventh on the vault with a mark of 9.575, while earning a 9.675 to finish 10th on the balance beam. Jones also finished within the top-10 of the vault (9.475, 10th), while sophomore Emily Bucher joined McRobbie in the top half of the beam standings (9.525, 12th).
UC Davis won the conference title for the third straight year behind a score of 193.675. Seattle Pacific placed second with a 191.150, while Air Force (189.125) and Alaska-Anchorage (188.300) finished third and fourth, respectively.
The Falcons return to action on Saturday, April 7, when select gymnasts travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the NCAA Regional Championships. The selections for the regional meet will be announced early next week.