Air Force Heads To Denver For a Weekend Dual-Meet

    Erin Maguire leads the MPSF on the balance beam with a 9.875.
    Erin Maguire leads the MPSF on the balance beam with a 9.875.

    Jan. 30, 2004

    The Air Force women's gymnastics team will head north to Denver on Saturday (Jan. 31) for a dual meet match-up with the University of Denver. The first flip is slated for 6 p.m., at the Hamilton Gymnasium.

    CHECKING OUT THE COMPETITION
    Denver is coming off of a rough weekend, as they finished third at a triangular against West Virginia and Pittsburgh with a season low score of 192.675. The Pioneers earned a victory in their only dual-meet of the season so far, topping Maryland 195.975-194.650 at home. Denver is looking forward to the return of head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart, who missed the team's first three meets due to the birth of her son.

    HISTORY 101
    Denver has dominated Air Force in recent years, having won 31 consecutive head-to-head competitions. The last victory by the Falcons came on March 11, 1994.

    WE'LL BE SEEING YOU
    This will be the first of three meetings between the Falcons and Pioneers this season. Air Force will host DU at the Cadet West Gym on Monday, Feb. 16, before traveling back up I-25 on Saturday, March 6, to face Denver once again.

    NEWS FROM THE MPSF
    As a team, Air Force has posted the third-highest score in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation at 191.650... Erin Maguire leads the league on the balance beam, with a season-high of 9.875... Jessa Liegl is tied for third on that event with a 9.800...Liegl is ranked first on the floor exercise with a 9.950, while Maguire is tied for third with a 9.900...Liegl has also posted the fourth-highest all-around score of the season in the MPSF with a 38.750 at the Rocky Mountain Open.

    WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING
    Air Force is coming off of a long weekend, having competed in two meets in as many days. The Falcons opened the weekend with a dual-meet against Oklahoma in Norman on Friday night, before turning around and traveling with the Sooners to Texas for a match-up with Texas Woman's University and Southern Utah on Saturday. The Falcons fell 197.188.850 to Oklahoma, before finishing fourth in the quad-meet with a team total of 187.275.

    TRAVEL TROUBLES
    The Falcons had a tough time getting back to the Academy following their grueling weekend of competition in two states. Gate delays, mechanical issues, a new plane, and a January snow storm, had the trip home taking over eight hours longer than expected.

    MY NAME GOES THERE
    Junior Jessa Liegl tied the school record on the floor exercise at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 18, scoring a 9.950. Liegl tied former Falcon Allison Todd for the best mark on that event in school history.

    OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
    Senior Rebecca Lewis was chosen as the captain for the 2004 Air Force women's gymnastics team.

     

     

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