April 13, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Air Force senior Linnaea Hance captured a share of the uneven bars title on Sunday, April 13, as the women's gymnastics team wrapped up the 2014 season with the individual event finals of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.
Hance tied with Seattle Pacific's Maria Hundley and Texas Woman's Brittainy Johnson for the USAG title on the bars after all three gymnasts scored marks of 9.850. With her second-highest score of the season, Hance became the program's seventh USAG champion ... and the first since Brittany Dutton won the bars' title at the 2011 meet.
Hance also paced three Falcons to top-eight finishes on the balance beam, as she finished fifth with a 9.700. Senior Jessica Hanner and sophomore Ali Ables rounded out the trio, as they finished sixth (9.600) and eight (9.250), respectively. Junior Jessica Wallander added a sixth-place score of 9.7625 on the vault.
By competing in today's finals, Ables (balance beam), Hance (uneven bars, balance beam), Hanner (balance beam) and Wallander (vault) earned first-team USAG All-America status. Hance also acquired first-team honors in the all-around, while junior Lindsay Ebel earned first-team status on the balance beam after posting a qualifying score into the finals but falling victim to the USAG rule of only "three gymnasts per school."
Wallander also earned second-team honors on the floor exercise, while junior Alexandra Stych (uneven bars), sophomore Shannen Kelly (balance beam) and senior Jen Larsen (vault) picked up second-team USAG All-America certificates.