Feb. 6, 2008
The Air Force women's gymnastics team travels up Interstate-25 for a "close-to-home" road competition in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Falcons will join Oklahoma, Utah State and host Denver at the Paige Smith Invitational at the Pioneers' Hamilton Gymnasium. Action is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Meet Notes 04: at Denver Quad
CLOSE TO HOME
Sophomore Kayla Kincade hails from Lakewood, Colo., a suburb of Denver.
"RANK" YOU VERY MUCH
As a team, the Falcons are ranked third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with an average score of 186.681. 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 9.737.
Backed by victories on all four events, including a top-five sweep of the uneven bars, the Falcons defeated MIT (188.100-180.950) on Feb.2, for their first win of the season. In fact, the victory was the first for Air Force since finishing third at a triangular meet on Feb. 12, 2006.
LAST TIME OUT
During the Falcons' victory over MIT on Feb. 2, Abigail Rogers paced the Falcons with event titles on the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. Kayla Kincade won the balance beam, while Brittany Dutton tied for the top spot on the bars. By tying for first, Dutton and Rogers were a part of the Falcons' sweep of the top-five spots on the bars. Katie Donnell placed third, while Kincade and Michelle Denise finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
NEWS FROM TEXAS
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.
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.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force returns to the Academy for a dual-meet with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leader UC-Davis on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m.