Brittany Dutton, Doug Day and Kyle Georges Sweep MPSF Awards
March 21, 2011
WOODLAND, Calif. - Members of the Air Force women's gymnastics team swept the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation awards, the commissioner's office announced this morning (March 21). Senior Brittany Dutton was named the league's Gymnast of the Year, Doug Day was named the Head Coach of the Year and Kyle Georges was named the Co-Assistant Coach of the Year.
Dutton is just the second Air Force gymnast to earn the conference's top honor, joining Abbey Rogers who claimed the award in 2008 and 2009. It is the second consecutive year that Day has been voted as the league's top coach, while Georges, who shared the 2011 honor with UC Davis' Carolyn Kampf, captured his first coaching award in his first season. Georges' award marks the second straight year that an Air Force coach has been recognized as the league's top assistant (Nelle Barriteau, 2010).
Dutton, the senior captain of a team that features the most freshmen in all of Division I gymnasts, competed in every meet of 2011, including eight competitions in the all-around. She set career-best marks on the uneven bars (9.825), floor exercise (9.825) and all-around (38.625) during the year to lead the Falcons in all three. She was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 25, following her performance against Seattle Pacific in which she won titles on the bars and all-around, as well as earning a runner-up finish on the vault. Dutton claimed seven first-place finishes over the season and four all-conference honors, including the all-around (38.130), vault (9.665), uneven bars (9.695) and floor exercise (9.725).
The awards, voted on by the league coaches, were tallied prior to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on March 19, where Dutton had another stellar meet. She shared the balance beam title with classmate Lisa Wong behind a career-best score of 9.775, while placing second on both the floor exercise and all-around.
Day repeated as the MPSF Coach of the Year after guiding the 2011 Falcons to four of the 10 highest team scores of his tenure, including a high-matching score of 193.300 against Denver on March 14. Air Force picked up four dual meet wins this season, while surpassing the 190-point mark on five occasions heading into the conference meet. Day did all of this while coaching a team with the most freshmen in all of Division I gymnastics. Five Falcons combined for nine all-conference honors this season, including multiple awards from Dutton (four) and freshman Linnaea Hance (two).
Georges joined the program in December and has been instrumental in the program's success during the 2011 season. He helped Air Force to four of its highest team scores in the last five years, while coaching the five returning gymnasts to 12 career-best marks heading into the conference meet. Georges has also helped the six competing freshmen to scores that rank among the team leaders. A total of nine all-conference honors were won by the Academy this year, including four by Dutton, two by Hance and one each from Wong, junior Samantha Jones and freshman Jessica Hanner.