Feb. 13, 2013
The Air Force women's gymnastics team returns to the Academy this Saturday (Feb. 18) when it hosts Lindenwood and New Hampshire in the Air Force Triangular. The meet, the Falcons' second home competition of the season, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Admission is free to the Air Force Triangular, which will be held at the Academy's Cadet West Gymnasium. Following the meet, the Falcons will be on hand to sign autographs. If you can't make it to the Academy, live video streaming will be available (free of charge) at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
New Hampshire, which is ranked 34th in the GymInfo National Standings with an average score of 194.363, is coming off of a third-place finish (193.300) at an EAGL quad meet with 17th-ranked Maryland, Towson and former Air Force opponent NC State. In its first year of competition, Lindenwood is ranked 64th with a 188.883 average and coming off of a narrow 192.850-192.050 loss to Bowling Green last week.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
As a team, the Falcons are currently ranked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with an average score of 192.045. Individually, Alexandra Stych is ranked third on the floor exercise with a 9.708 average, while Jessica Hanner is listed fifth on the balance beam with a mark of 9.640. In addition, Jen Larsen, Linnaea Hance and Hanner are ranked fourth (38.313), fifth (38.235) and sixth (38.206), respectively, in the all-around.
WALLANDER NAMED MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Jessica Wallander was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 12, following a stellar performance at the Falcons' dual meet with Utah State on Feb. 8. Wallander won the floor exercise with a career-best 9.800, while claiming additional top-three finishes on the uneven bars (career-best 9.750, second) and vault (9.800, third).
FALCONS TALLY SEASON'S SECOND-HIGHEST SCORE
Air Force broke the 193-point mark for the second time this season during a narrow 193.575-193.200 loss to Utah State. The mark is the Falcons' second-highest score of the season and the third-highest total since 2007. Throughout the first month-and-a-half of the season, this squad has accounted for three of the five highest scores since head coach Doug Day arrived seven seasons ago.
LED BY THE BIRTHDAY GIRL
Jessica Wallander, celebrating her 20th birthday, paced Air Force to four of the top-five scores on the floor exercise and a season-best team total of 48.700. Wallander scored a career-best matching 9.800 to win the event, while Linnaea Hance and Katie Hawthorne tied for second with matching marks of 9.750 and Alexandra Stych finished fifth with a mark of 9.725.
MORE NEWS FROM UTAH
The two members of the Falcons' roster that share the first name of Jessica accounted for the squad's top marks at Utah State on Feb. 8. Jessica Wallander won the floor exercise (9.800), accounted for the squad's top finish on the vault (third, 9.800) and tied for the team lead on the uneven bars with Katie Hawthorne (second, 9.750), while Jessica Hanner tied for second on the balance beam with a score of 9.800.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force will travel to Denton, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 24, for the TWU Quadrangular at 2 p.m. (CST). Joining the Falcons and host Texas Woman's University at Kitty McGee Arena will be Centenary and Illinois-Chicago.