April 13, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team set a new program standard on the uneven bars, while picking up a fourth-place finish during the team finals of the 2014 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Saturday, April 12.
Backed by scores of 9.875 from junior Lindsay Ebel, senior Linnaea Hance and classmate Katie Hawthorne, the Falcons tallied a team score of 49.300 to shatter the previous mark of 48.925 that they set last season. The trio of Ebel, Hance and Hawthorne all used career-best marks to tie for third on the bars, while junior Alexandra Stych tied for seventh with a personal-best 9.850 and senior Jessica Hanner matched her career-high of 9.825 during Air Force's record-setting score.
Hance, who scored a 39.100 to post the best all-around score of the night, also accounted for the best individual score on the balance beam, as she took first with a 9.750. Hanner tied for second with a 9.700, while Ebel finished among the top half of the field on that event with a score of 9.525.
Junior Jessica Wallander paced the Falcons on the remaining two events, tying for second on the vault (9.850) and fourth on the floor exercise (9.825). Senior Jen Larsen placed eighth (9.775) and Hance tied for ninth (9.750) on the vault, while Stych and Hawthorne tied for seventh on the floor exercise behind matching marks of 9.800.
Bridgeport won its sixth straight USAG team title with a 195.225, while Texas Woman's University finished second with a 194.725. Seattle Pacific and Air Force rounded out the team standings, finishing third (194.550) and fourth (194.350), respectively.
The Falcons close out the 2014 campaign tomorrow (April 13) with the individual event finals of the USAG Championships. Action is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.