Linnaea Hance Claims Straight Third MVP Award

    Linnaea Hance
    Linnaea Hance

    May 6, 2014

    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Senior Linnaea Hance was named the MVP of 2014 Air Force women's gymnastics team, the coaching staff announced at the team's annual post-season awards banquet earlier this week. Hance is only the second Academy gymnast to capture MVP honors in three straight years.

    Hance, already one of just four gymnasts to have claimed multiple MVP awards, joins Michelle Roxburgh (1995-96-97) as the only two gymnasts in program history to claim the distinction three times.

    The 2014 USAG national champion on the uneven bars and recipient of the division's Outstanding Senior Gymnast Award, Hance was a three-time first-team USAG All-American and a three-time MPSF all-conference selection. The MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 11, the senior team captain captured 13 first-place finishes and accounted for career-best scores on the uneven bars (9.875), balance beam (9.875), floor exercise (9.850) and all-around (39.175).

    Hance capped off a stellar career that included three MVPs, three appearances at the NCAA Regional Championships, one USAG national title, six USAG All-America certificates, 11 all-MPSF selections and one academic all-conference award.

    Two other awards were handed out at the banquet, as sophomore Sarah Neumann was named the Hardest Worker and junior Lindsay Ebel received the Courage Award.

    Neumann came back from ACL reconstruction as a freshman to have a strong debut season in 2014, becoming a valuable member of the rotation on the balance beam and floor exercise. The MPSF Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 3, Neumann accounted for a career-best 9.825 on the balance beam and 9.800 on the floor exercise. Ebel returned to the lineup in 2014 after missing last season while recovering from a serious illness. In a year that culminated with USAG first-team honors on the balance beam, Ebel set a team-leading score on the uneven bars (9.875) and a personal-best score on the beam (9.800).

     

     

    As a team, the Falcons had a remarkable campaign, recording nine of the 11 highest scores since Doug Day became the head coach in 2007. Highlighted by a Day era-best score of 195.300, two additional scores of over 194 points and an Academy-record 49.300 on the uneven bars, the Falcons improved their overall score in every regular-season competition. Air Force earned 12 USAG All-America awards and six all-conference selections, while Doug Day was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year and the North Central Coach of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (Women).

    In addition to the team awards for their performances during the past year, Day announced that Ebel would serve as the team captain for the 2015 season.

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