Air Force Heads North to Face #18 Denver

    Emily Bucher

    Emily Bucher

    Jan. 23, 2014

    The Air Force women's gymnastics team gets a little closer to home this weekend, when they travel up Interstate-25 for a dual meet at the University of Denver on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Falcons will face the Pioneers, who are ranked 18th in the GymInfo National Rankings, at 6 p.m., inside Hamilton Gymnasium.

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    MEET INFORMATION
    The dual meet between the two Colorado gymnastics programs will take place at Hamilton Gymnasium, which is located inside the Daniel L. Ritchie Center. Live stats will be available at DenverPioneers.com. For those attending the meet, all tickets are $9. Denver has announced that parking will be limited due to multiple events at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center on Saturday, so fans are encouraged to arrive early or use public transportation.

    SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
    With an average of 195.200, Denver is ranked 18th in the current GymInfo Rankings. The Pioneers are coming off of second-place finish during a triangular meet of ranked teams in Boise, Idaho (No. 11 Boise State 195.125, No. 14 Denver 194.825; No. 23 BYU 194.675). Individually, Nina McGee is ranked sixth, nationally, on the floor (9.900 average), while Moriah Martin is ranked 22nd on both the vault (9.875 average) and uneven bars (9.850 average.

    FALCONS TALLY 191.900 IN LOSS TO TWU
    Backed by three individual runner-up finishes, Air Force improved its season score to 191.900 during a loss at Texas Woman's University on Jan. 18. Backed by second-place finishes from Linnaea Hance and Katie Hawthorne, the Falcons claimed three of the top-six finishes in both the balance beam and floor exercise. Jessica Wallander also picked up a runner-up finish for the Falcons, taking second on the vault.

    BEAM ME UP
    The Falcons claimed three of the top-five finishes on the balance beam, as all six competitors recorded a score of at least 9.700. Linnaea Hance paced the team with a career-best 9.825, while Emily Bucher and Jessica Hanner finished third (career-best 9.800) and fifth (season-best 9.775), respectively. As a team, the Falcons amassed a combined score of 48.825.

    WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
    After three weeks on the road, the Falcons finally open the home portion of their season next Saturday (Feb. 1), when they host Utah State and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe Seattle Pacific at 6 p.m., in the Cadet West Gymnasium.

     

     

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