Jan. 14, 2010
The Air Force women's gymnastics team will travel up Interstate-25 to compete at the Denver Winterfest Classic on Saturday, Jan. 16. For the second straight week, the Falcons will face a pair of nationally ranked teams. Air Force will take on sixth-ranked Denver and No. 18 Penn State at Hamilton Gymnasium on the DU campus. The triangular meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
LET'S MEET THE OPPONENTS
Denver is ranked sixth in the season's first GymInfo National Poll with a score of 195.575. The Pioneers defeated 22nd-ranked Minnesota by over two points on the road last weekend. Penn State tallied a team score of 193.900 to place second in a quad meet, while Brandi Personett won the all-around, en route to the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award.
UP FOR THE CHALLENGE
During its first two meets of the season, Air Force will have faced four nationally ranked teams. During their first meet, the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, the Falcons faced 10th-ranked Oregon State and No. 13 Illinois (based on the coaches' preseason poll). This weekend, Air Force will compete against sixth-ranked Denver and 18th-ranked Penn State at the Denver Winterfest Classic (based on the first week's score).
FALCONS START OFF STRONG
Air Force placed third behind a pair of nationally ranked teams at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational on Jan. 8. No. 10 Oregon State won its home invitational with a score of 195.625, while 13th-ranked Illinois placed second with a total 192.850. Air Force, which edged out conference foe Alaska-Anchorage by one point for third place, tallied a season-opening score of 184.475.
Sophomore Jenna Dudley opened the season with an impressive performance at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational on Jan. 8. Dudley, who finished fourth in the all-around (38.875), was the top scoring Air Force gymnast in all four individual events. Her best event finish came on the balance beam, where she tied for eighth with a score of 9.525. Dudley also earned a top-10 finish on the floor exercise (9.600, 10th) and narrowly missed a top-10 spot on the uneven bars (9.700, 11th).
MORE TOP-10 FINISHERS
Air Force also picked up a pair of top-10 finishes from Brittany Dutton. The junior, who tied with Jenna Dudley for eighth on the balance beam, also finished eighth on the all-around with a score of 37.200.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force will travel to Normal, Ill., for a quadrangular meet at Illinois State on Sunday, Jan. 24. In addition to facing the host Redbirds, the Falcons will also face Western Michigan and Wisconsin-La Crosse.