Air Force Places Third at USAG Championships
April 9, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team posted a combined score of 191.975 to finish third at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Saturday, April 9, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. The Falcons claimed top-three finishes from freshman Jessica Hanner (balance beam) and senior Brittany Dutton (uneven bars).
For the second straight night, Air Force opened on the balance beam. Hanner tied for third with a career-best score of 9.800 - the best beam score by any Air Force gymnast this season. Classmate Linnaea Hance tied for fifth with a 9.725, while fellow freshman Emily Bucher (seventh tie, 9.675) and senior Lisa Wong (ninth tie, 9.675) also finished within the top 10.
Dutton, the final competitor of the night on the uneven bars, tied for third with a mark of 9.750. The senior was also the top finisher on the floor exercise, tying for 11th with a score of 9.725.
Junior Samantha Jones, who earned a 10th-place finish on the uneven bars at 9.675, was the top Air Force finisher on the vault, as she tied for seventh with a score of 9.700. She was one of two Falcons to place within the top 10, as Dutton tied for ninth at 9.675.
Bridgeport won its third straight team title with a score of 194.050, edging Texas Woman's University 193.300 on the final rotation. Air Force scored its sixth-highest score since 2006 to take third, while Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe Seattle Pacific placed fourth with a score of 190.950.