Jan. 30, 2008
After a one-week absence from its home gym, the Air Force women's gymnastics team returns to the Academy on Saturday, Feb. 2, when it hosts the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Action is slated to begin at 6 p.m., in the Cadet West Gymnasium. This will be the Falcons' third home meet of the season.
Meet Notes 02: MIT
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
MIT is 4-5 on the season, averaging a team total of 178.258. The Engineers are led by junior Julia Zimmerman, who averages a score of 37.185 in the all-around. She also paces the team on the vault and floor exercise, while ranking sixth on the floor in the ECAC. Remaining primarily on the East Coast, the Engineers don't have any similar opponents with the Falcons.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Although the Falcons don't have a gymnast from Massachusetts on their roster, the Engineers boast a Colorado native on theirs. Senior Sarah Trowbrigde hails from Boulder.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Abigail Rogers guided the Air Force women's gymnastics team to a fourth-place finish at the Texas Woman's University quadrangular on Jan. 27. Rogers posted the team's top finishes on the vault, floor exercise and all-around, while Michelle Denise led the way on the uneven bars and Kayla Kincade paced the squad on the beam.
ROGERS DOES IT AGAIN
On Jan. 20, one week after setting personal-best tallies on every event except the vault, Rogers shattered her career-high mark in that event. Posting a score of 9.775, Rogers improved her personal total by 0.125 to take fifth.
As a team, the Falcons are ranked third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with an average score of 186.208. Air Force leads the league on the floor exercise with an average score of 46.750, while Abigail Rogers individually paces the MPSF with an average of 9.700. Lisa Wong is also ranked among the league leaders on the floor, tallying a 9.500 average to rank sixth. Kelly Lewis' 9.567 average on the vault is sixth.
ABBEY ROGERS NETS WEEKLY AWARDS
Abigail Rogers was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 22. It is the second such career honor for Rogers, who also earned the weekly award as a sophomore. She also earned the Air Force Athletic Department Athlete of the Week honor.
Rogers had a stellar afternoon of competition in the Falcons' second dual meet with Centenary on Jan. 20. She won the all-around with a career-best 38.225 and the floor exercise with another personal-best mark of 9.825. The 9.825 on the floor was the highest score given by the judges on any event. She also tallied career-best marks on the balance beam (9.450) and uneven bars (9.350), while narrowly missing a career high on the vault by just .050. She improved her all of her season-best totals by at least .300 during Sunday's competition.
In just its second meet of the season, Air Force surpassed its best score from all of last year. Tallying a 188.400, the Falcons bested its total of 187.250 that they achieved in the final meet of the 2007 season.
DID YOU KNOW?
As Doug Day enters his second year of coaching at the Academy, seniors Katie Donnell and Kelly Lewis will have the same head coach in back-to-back seasons for the first time in their four-year career.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Falcons will be home for seven meets this season, beginning with a pair of meets against Centenary. Air Force will also host MIT, UC-Davis, Eastern Michigan and local rival Denver in the West Gym throughout the 2008 campaign.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN...
Senior Kelly Lewis will serve as the captain for the 2008 women's gymnastics team. Lewis, a two-year letterwinner for the Falcons, will provide solid leadership to a young Air Force squad that features just four juniors and seniors, compared to nine sophomores and freshmen.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
Head coach Doug Day's first recruiting class features five gymnasts with stellar credentials. In all, the newest group of Falcons - which include Holland Davis, Brittany Dutton, Annette Ehrman, Ashley Green and Lisa Wong - boasts a combined resume' that features five appearances at the Junior Olympics national qualifier, one state all-around champion, one regional balance beam champion, three top-three all-around finishes at the regional championships and numerous appearances at their various state championships.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force heads up Interstate-25 for a rematch with Denver on Saturday, Feb. 9.