Falcons Host Seattle-Pacific and Centenary
The Air Force women's gymnastics team wraps up a four-meet home stand on Saturday, Feb. 5, when they host a tri-meet with Centenary and Seattle-Pacific. The competition will begin at 6:00 p.m., in the Academy's Cadet West Gym. As always, admission is free and fans will have a chance to meet the Falcon gymnasts following the competition.
The Ladies are coming off of a 194.175-193.975 upset of No. 16 Southern Utah last Friday. Centenary is led by Kristina Menne, who set a new school record all-around score of 39.325 during Centenary's win over Southern Utah. Averaging 189.775 points per meet, Centenary -- the defending USA Gymnastics Collegiate champions -- is currently ranked 50th.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe Seattle-Pacific is currently ranked 45th, nationally, with a season-average score of 190.342. The Falcons recently finished fourth at a quadrangular meet with Washington, Arizona and Minnesota. They were led by Debra Huss, who tied for third on the floor, as they fell to 0-3 on the season.
NEWS FROM THE FEDERATION
Air Force currently leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on the floor exercise. Holding an average of 48.250, the Falcons score is nearly .200 higher than second-place Seattle-Pacific. Air Force is also ranked third on the balance beam (47.137 average) and fourth on the vault (47.925 average).
MORE NEWS FROM THE MPSF
Senior Jessa Liegl leads the league in a pair of statistical categories -- the uneven bars (9.700 average) and the all-around (38.675 average), while tying for second on the balance beam with an average of 9.650. Junior Lauren Robison is ranked third in the MPSF on three events, including the uneven bars (9.688 average), floor exercise (9.762 average) and all-around (38.412 average).
THREE FOR THREE
Senior Diane Godar competed on three events in the Falcons' opening meet with Alaska and set three career-high marks in the process. Godar opened the day with a 9.600 on the vault, before adding personal-high marks on the beam (9.400) and floor (9.575). She went up to up her beam score once again during Sunday's competition with a new career-high score of 9.475.
OH WHAT A NIGHT
The Falcons entered Friday's contest with Alaska-Anchorage hoping to improve on their season-best 18 hits in 24 routines that they set against Texas Woman's University. And improve they did - hitting collecting 20 hits on 24 routines. Included in that total were 6-of-6 outings on the vault and floor and 5-of-6 hits on the balance beam.
LEADING THE WAY
Air Force has a pair of senior gymnasts sharing the captaincy duties this season. Jessa Liegl and Diane Godar will lead the squad this season. This marks the first time since 1998 that two gymnasts have shared the duties of captain.