Feb. 6, 2013
The Air Force women's gymnastics team returns to action on Friday, Feb. 8, when it travels to Logan, Utah, to take on Utah State in dual meet competition. The meet, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will be held at the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum on the USU campus.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children and can only be purchased at the door prior to the meet. If you can't make it to the competition, Utah State will have live video streaming at utahstateaggies.com (fees apply).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Utah State is currently ranked 58th in the GymInfo National Rankings with an average score of 191.183 (Air Force is ranked 56th with a 191.756 average). The Aggies are coming off of a 195.425-194.200 road loss to Southern Utah in their Western Athletic Conference opener last Friday. Kinzey Martinez won the vault with a 9.775, while Sarah Landes won the all-around with a 39.200 and paced Utah State to a sweep of the top-three all-around spots.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
As a team, the Falcons are currently ranked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with an average score of 191.756. Individually, Alexandra Stych and Jen Larsen pace the Falcons with third-place rankings on the floor exercise (9.700) and all-around (38.417), respectively. Jessica Hanner is also ranked among the league's top-six, as she holds a 9.600 average on the balance beam to tie for fifth.
HANNER NAMED CO-MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Jessica Hanner earned a share of the MPSF Gymnast of the Week award on Feb. 5, after collecting a third-place finish on the balance beam at the Burnsley Invitational. The junior recorded a season-high 9.800 on the beam to tie for third, while also adding a top-five finish in the all-around behind a career-best 38.500 score.
KEEPING IT GOING
The Falcons posted their second-highest score of the season (192.675) ... and fourth-best total in seven years ... to take third at the Burnsley Invitational on Feb. 2. Competing against 12th-ranked Denver, No. 24 NC State and San Jose State, Air Force cleared the 192-point mark for the second straight week, while setting a new season-best total on the balance beam (48.625).
BEAM THEM UP
The Falcons placed four among the top-12 on the balance beam at the Burnsley Invitational. Jessica Hanner paced the squad with a third-place score of 9.800, while Katie Hawthorne and Linnaea Hance tied for ninth with matching scores of 9.750. Ali Ables rounded out the quartet with a 12th-place score of 9.725. Those marks, career highs for Hawthorne and Ables and season-best tallies for Hanner and Hance combined for the program's highest team total (48.625) of the season.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons return to the Academy on Saturday, Feb. 16, when they host the Air Force Triangular. Air Force will welcome Lindenwood and New Hampshire to the Cadet West Gymnasium at 6 p.m.