Jan. 10, 2014
The Air Force women's gymnastics team kicks off the 2014 season on Saturday, Jan. 11, when it travels to Minneapolis, to face 14th-ranked Minnesota and second-year program Lindenwood. The meet, which will be held at the Gophers' Sports Pavilion is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Minnesota, which was picked to finish third in the Big Ten, is currently ranked 14th in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' National Poll. This is the first official meet of the season for all three programs, although Lindenwood, which is in its second year of competitive gymnastics, participated in an exhibition meet with Missouri last month.
DAY SET FOR INDUCTION TO MINNESOTA GYMNASTICS HALL OF FAME
Head coach Doug Day will be inducted into the University of Minnesota Gymnastics Hall of Fame on Jan. 10. Day spent nine years as an assistant coach with the Minnesota women's team (1997-2006), helping the Gophers to two Big Ten team titles an one appearance at the NCAA Championships.
THE ROAD WARRIORS
The Falcons are on the road for the first month of the season, traveling to Minnesota and Texas, before concluding the month in Denver. Air Force will also visit Missouri, Michigan and New Hampshire during the regular season, while traveling to California and Rhode Island during the postseason.
LEADING THE WAY
Senior Linnaea Hance was selected as the team captain for the 2014 women's gymnastics team.
THOSE WHO STAY...
The six-member senior class - Emily Bucher, Laura Fauss, Linnaea Hance, Jessica Hanner, Katie Hawthorne, Jen Larsen - features the largest group of fourth-year gymnasts in recent history. In fact, that total equals the number of seniors from the last four years, combined.
ON THE SIDELINE
Doug Day returns to the gym for his eighth 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 assistant coaches Kyle Georges and Kris Robinson.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force travels to Denton, Texas, next Saturday (Jan. 18) for a dual meet with Texas Woman's University.