Air Force Hands Out End-Of-Season Team Awards
May 6, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's gymnastics coaching staff handed out its 2008 program awards at the annual end-of-season banquet this past weekend. Junior Abigail Rogers, the co-Gymnast of the Year by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, was selected as the team MVP, while four other gymnasts received recognition from head coach Doug Day.
Rogers became the first gymnast in Academy history to earn Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year accolades. An all-conference selection on the balance beam, floor exercise and all-around, Rogers recorded 13 first-place finishes during the course of the season. She participated in the all-around at the NCAA North Central Regional, was a two-time MPSF Gymnast of the Week and an academic all-conference selection for the second straight year. Rogers, who set personal best marks on every event this season and led the team on the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around, also led the conference on the floor exercise and all-around.
Brittany Dutton was the recipient of the team's Outstanding Freshman award. An all-conference honoree on the balance beam and all-around, Dutton earned USAG All-America second-team status on the floor exercise and all-around. In just her first year of collegiate competition, she was a participant at the NCAA North Central Regional meet and tied for the top balance beam RQS in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. She also posted the Falcons' second-highest scores on the vault and balance beam.
Sophomore Aftan Boudreaux was named the Most Improved Gymnast. After missing her freshman year with an injury, Boudreaux quickly became a permanent member of the Falcons' uneven bars rotation. In her first year of collegiate gymnastics, she was a scoring member of the uneven bars for Air Force in every meet. She cleared the nine-point plateau in all but two meets and highlighted the season with a 9.650 performance at the MPSF Championships.
Fellow sophomore Michelle Denise was named the Falcons' Hardest Worker, competing in every competition during the season. An all-around competitor at the NCAA North Central Regional and all-MPSF honoree on the uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around, Denise claimed USAG All-America first-team honors on the uneven bars following a ninth-place finish at the USAG championships. She set career-best marks on every event, while leading the team on the uneven bars.
The Falcons' final award went to freshman Lisa Wong, who was named the team's Most Consistent Performer. Wong competed in every team competition, including eight as an all-around competitor. She was a solid competitor on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise, setting career-best marks on two of these three events during the final meet of the regular season. In fact, her vault score was so "consistent" that it only wavered by .275 the entire season.