Falcons Close Out Home Slate with a Win
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force women's gymnastics team closed out the home portion of the 2005 season with an impressive 191.325-189.925 victory over Penn on Thursday, March 10. Competing at the Cadet West Gym for the final time this year, the Falcons set a new season-best total, while picking up their first win since the home opener.
With a score of 191.325, Air Force posted its best team score of the season by nearly a point, while also notching season highs on the bars. The Falcons' uneven bars score of 48.050 topped its previous best mark by over a point, while their balance beam score (47.725) was the second-best mark of the season.
Competing in her final collegiate meet at the Academy, senior Jessa Liegl (Lincoln, Neb.) had a stellar night, winning the all-around, bars and floor. She matched her season-best uneven bars score of 9.800 to tie for first on the event. Liegl ended her career with a 9.800 performance to win the floor and all-around title with a score of 38.975. In addition, she hit a 9.775 on the balance beam to finish second and tied for third on the vault with a score of 9.600
Sophomore Sashonna Iwaniec (Ligonier, Pa.) led a 1-2-3 Air Force sweep on the balance beam. Iwaniec won the event with a season-best 9.800 while finishing second on the vault with a mark of 9.625. She also collected second-place honors in the all-around with a mark of 38.500.
The Falcons' lone junior Lauren Robison (Garner, N.C.) tied for third on the uneven bars with a 9.725 and garnered third-place honors outright on the balance beam with a 9.675. Keeping the trend going, Robison finished third in the all-around with a 38.550.
At the conclusion of the competition, Air Force honored its two senior gymnasts, Diane Godar and Jessa Liegl, as well as its team manager of four years, Marie Juan. The Falcons also had a special honor for Director of Gymnastics, Lou Burkel, who will be retiring in August after 30 years of collegiate coaching.
The Falcons and Quakers will meet again on Saturday (March 12) as they both travel up I-25 to take on the University of Denver. The meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m., at Hamilton Gymnasium.