Jan. 16, 2013
The Air Force women's gymnastics team returns to action on Friday, Jan. 18, when it travels to Seattle, Wash., to take on Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe Seattle Pacific. The meet, the first of two conference duals between the pair of Falcon gymnastics teams, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (PST) at Brougham Pavilion.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
The Seattle Pacific Falcons opened the 2013 season last weekend with a 194.500-188.475 loss at Sacramento State. Freshman Maria Hundley was the Falcons' top finisher in the dual meet, placing second on the balance beam with a score of 9.800. With that score, Hundley leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on the beam. Seattle Pacific is under the direction of Laurel Tindall, who is in her 35th season as the Falcons' head coach.
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE MEET
Seattle Pacific will have a live video stream of the dual meet (link at www.spufalcons.com).
WE'LL BE SEEING YOU
Air Force and Seattle Pacific will meet three times this season. Following Saturday's dual meet, Air Force will host SPU on Saturday, March 2, before returning to Brougham Pavilion for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday, March 23.
LARSEN EARNS MPSF WEEKLY HONOR
Jen Larsen was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 16 after pacing the Falcons with a career-best 9.800 on the floor exercise at Denver. Larsen's PR contributed to a fifth-place finish on that event (Falcons' highest event finish of the night) and a runner-up spot in the all-around (38.250).
FALCONS TALLY BEST START AT DENVER
Tallying the highest season-opening score of the Doug Day era (191.025), the Falcons got the 2013 season off to a strong start during a dual meet at Denver on Jan. 12. Despite falling to the 20th-ranked Pioneers (196.600), Air Force posted the 15th-highest total since Day's arrival, as well as the program's third-highest score in the month of January since 2007.
MORE NEWS FROM DENVER
In addition to Jen Larsen's fifth-place finish on the floor with a career-best 9.800, Jessica Wallander added a top-five placement to the Falcons' final line, as she finished fifth on the vault with a 9.775. Jessica Hanner also finished within the top half of the field, tallying a sixth-place score of 9.625 on the balance beam.
AROUND THE MPSF
After two weeks of conference action, Jen Larsen is tied for second in the MPSF on both the floor exercise (9.800) and all-around (38.250), while Linnaea Hance holds the same placement on the uneven bars (9.725). Katie Hawthorne is tied for third on the uneven bars (9.675) and ranked fourth on the floor exercise (9.675). With matching fourth-place rankings, Jessica Wallander and Jessica Hanner pace the Falcons on the vault (9.775) and balance beam (9.625), respectively.
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).
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 its home slate on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it hosts UC Davis, Texas Woman's University and Missouri at the Cadet West Gym. Action begins at 1 p.m.