Jan. 30, 2014
After spending the first three weeks of the season on the road, the Air Force women's gymnastics finally opens its home schedule this weekend with a triangular meet at the Academy on Saturday (Feb. 1) evening. The Falcons will host Utah State and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent Seattle Pacific inside the Cadet West Gym.
The triangular meet will begin at 6 p.m., and is free to the public. Video streaming will be available through the official Air Force website ... GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Utah State is ranked 37th in the GymInfo national standings with an average score of 193.375, while Division II program Seattle Pacific, is listed 52nd (191.642 average) - just one place behind Air Force (51st, 191.642). The Aggies competed in a pair of meets last week, defeating BYU (193.200-192.900) in a dual meet and finishing fourth (194.400) at a quadrangular with UC Davis, San Jose State and 12th-ranked Stanford. As the other squad of Falcons in the field, Seattle Pacific is coming off of the seventh-highest score in school history (193.425) during a narrow half-point loss to 28th-ranked Washington.
IT'S A HOMECOMING WEEKEND
Five members of this weekend's visiting teams hail from the state of Colorado, including Utah State's Keri Peel (Fort Collins) and Seattle Pacific's Laura Glove (Fort Collins), Lisa Goodhew (Boulder), Maria Hundley (Littleton) and Bryn Larson (Westminster). In addition, Air Force's Lindsay Ebel is from Highlands Ranch and Cara Curran is from Denver.
AIR FORCE IMPROVES OVERALL SEASON SCORE
Air Force matched its 10th-highest score since 2007 during a 192.400 performance at 18th-ranked Denver on Jan. 25. That score, which equaled a score the 2011 squad first set against Bridgeport, is the 10th-best score since Doug Day took over head coaching duties in eight years ago. Contributing to this score were season-high marks on the vault (47.725), uneven bars (48.200) and floor exercise (48.300).
HAWTHORNE PACES THE TEAM
Katie Hawthorne paced the Falcons with a pair of top-four finishes during the squad's dual meet at Denver, finishing third on the uneven bars (9.775) and tying for fourth on the floor exercise (9.725). With her second-highest floor score of the year, Hawthorne snapped Denver's sweep of the top six places on that event. Jessica Wallander (vault, fourth) and Lindsay Ebel (balance beam, sixth) paced the Falcons on the remaining two events.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons remain at the Academy next week, hosting Auburn in a dual meet on Saturday, Feb. 8. Air Force's competition with the Tigers, who are ranked 12th in this week's GymInfo National Rankings, will run in conjunction with the men's dual meet with Minnesota. Action is slated to begin at 5 p.m.