Jessa Liegl Takes Second in the All-Around
ITHACA, N.Y. -- With a seventh-place finish at the preliminaries of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships, team competition ended tonight (April 14) for the Air Force women's gymnastics program. As a team, the Falcons combined for a team mark of 187.600 -- a mark just shy of a spot in the finals.
UC-Davis won the preliminaries with a score of 193.550. They will join Seattle-Pacific (191.550), Rutgers (191.275) and Texas Woman's University (190.450) in the team finals tomorrow night. Centenary (190.425) and host Cornell (190.000) finished fifth and sixth, while Alaska-Anchorage (186.850) rounded out tonight's competition in eighth-place behind the Falcons.
Senior Jessa Liegl (Lincoln, Neb.) was the national runner-up in the all-around with a combined score of 38.650. Contributing to that mark was a second-place score of 9.700 on the vault. The Falcons' co-captain finished in the top-20 on every event. In addition to the vault, Liegl scored a 9.700 on the floor to finish 12th, while collecting marks of 9.650 on the uneven bars (17th) and 9.600 on the balance beam (13th).
Sophomore Sashonna Iwaniec (Ligonier, Pa.) placed seventh in the all-around with a score of 37.700. Iwaniec finished ninth on the vault with a 9.600, while also capturing 18th-place in the balance beam with a 9.525. She also scored a 9.500 on the floor and a 9.075 on the uneven bars.
Leigl and Iwaniec both earned USA Gymnastics All-America honors for their top-eight finishes in the all-around.
Junior Lauren Robison (Garner, N.C.) placed 12th in the combined events with a score of 37.400. Robison's tally included a 9.500 on the beam, 9.450 on the vault, 9.400 on the floor and a 9.050 on the bars.
Freshman Kelly Lewis (Plano, Texas) made her collegiate debut at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships with a 19th-place finish on the vault (9.525). She also marked a 9.475 on the floor and a 9.150 on the bars.
Classmate Katie Donnell (Santa Fe, N.M.) recorded marks of 9.325 on the floor, 9.200 on the vault and 8.850 on the bars, while fellow freshman Callae Canfield (Athens, Ga.) earned a 9.450 on the floor and an 8.600 on the beam.
Junior Christine Powers (Hurst, Texas) scored a 9.375 on the beam and an 8.400 on the bars, while senior co-captain Diane Godar (Conroe, Texas) closed out her collegiate career with marks of 9.325 on the vault and 8.700 on the beam.