Jan. 10, 2013
The Air Force women's gymnastics team kicks off the 2013 season on Saturday, Jan. 12, when it travels north on Interstate-25 to take on the University of Denver, which is ranked 20th in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll. The meet, which will be held at Hamilton Gymnasium, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Meet Notes 01: at Denver (Jan. 12)
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
The 2013 season got underway last weekend for the 20th-ranked Pioneers, who won its season-opening triangular on Jan. 5. Denver scored a 194.700 to defeat No. 16 Penn State (193.725) and gymnastics-newcomer Lindenwood (185.925). Nina McGee paced the Pioneers with event titles on the uneven bars (9.900) and floor exercise (9.825). Denver is under the direction of Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart, who is in her 15th season on the Pioneers' bench.
WE'LL BE SEEING YOU
Air Force and Denver will meet three times this season. Following Saturday's dual meet, Air Force will return to Hamilton Gym on Feb. 2 for the Burnsley Invitational with DU, North Carolina and San Jose State, before closing out its home slate on March 11 with a dual meet at the Academy.
EARLY SEASON ROAD WARRIORS
The Falcons are on the road for four of the first five weeks, including a pair of trips to Denver. Following the season-opening dual meet at Denver, Air Force heads to Washington to take on MPSF opponent Seattle-Pacific on Jan. 18. After opening the home slate on Jan. 26, the Falcons return to Denver for the Burnsley Invitational on Feb. 2, before traveling to Utah State on Feb. 8.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Junior Jessica Hanner was selected as the team captain for the 2013 women's gymnastics team.
THE YOUNG WILL LEAD
Without a single senior on the roster, Air Force will be remarkably young in 2013, as the Falcons' roster is comprised solely of freshmen (six), sophomores (three) and juniors (six).
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
The Falcons added six talented freshmen to its rotation for the 2013 season in Ali Ables, Ryann Anderson, Joey Ching, Shannen Kelley, Sarah Neumann and Andrea Perea.
ON THE SIDELINES
Doug Day returns to the gym for his seventh season as the Falcons' head coach. Day, a two-time MPSF Coach of the Year and 2011 USAG Coach of the Year, will be joined on the sideline by second-year assistant Kyle Georges, the 2011 MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action on Friday, Jan. 18, when it travels to Seattle, Wash., to take on Seattle Pacific at 7 p.m. (PST).