AFA Gymnast Earns MPSF Gymnast of the Week Honors

Feb. 14, 2002

Air Force Women's Gymnastics Head Coach Lisa Woody:

"First of all, Bethany Stott was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference Gymnast of the Week. Her performances at our previous two meets (breaking her own school record twice and helping the team break three other AFA school records) shows that she earned this recognition. To make things even better, the weekly NCAA rankings came out and Beth was not only ranked first in our conference on beam, but also in the USAG Collegiate standings, the NCAA regional standings and for the first time in AFA history for any gymnast, she was ranked first in the entire NCAA on beam! The AFA team beam average received its highest ever ranking at #3 in the entire NCAA as well...putting the team total average at #30 overall... its highest ranking ever! Go Falcons!"

"The Falcons traveled to Normal, Ill., to take on the Illinois State team. The "Ladybirds" hosted Illinois State at our first meet of the year, the Rocky Mountain Open, and won the meet. The wins are really wonderful but remember, NCAA women's gymnastics has what is called a Regional Qualifying Score. The RQS is an average of five scores with the following stipulations: three scores must be away meet scores then the next three scores, home or away, are added in and then you drop the high score. So, women's gymnastics is not really based on a win/loss record to get them to post-season championships, but rather an average of scores throughout the season. In addition, the Falcons are mostly concerned with teams and how they fare that are:

1. in our MPSF Conference (AFA, Sacramento State, UC-Davis, San Jose State and UC-Santa Barbara)

2. in our NCAA North Central Region (AFA, Iowa State, Utah, Iowa, Utah State, Southern Utah, Minnesota, Denver, BYU)

3. in our USAG Collegiate Division (AFA, TWU, UC-Davis, Seattle Pacific, Centenary, Cornell, Southern Connecticut, Alaska, Bridgeport, Winona State, Vermont, UC-Santa Barbara and MIT)

Illinois State is not included in any of these.

However, the team competed very well on their first away meet of the season."

Bars- "Started off the meet with a fall on the first person's mount... not a good way to start off, t the rest of the team stepped it up and we had no major mistakes from the other five competitors. Allison Todd had her career personal best with a 9.825." Team total on Bars= 48.375

Vault- "We had to count a fall on this event. I believe the first time thus far this season. Not bad!! Todd had an incredible vault- nailed her handspring front tuck- a vault worth a 9.80. She scored a 9.75- another career personal best for her!" Team total on Vault=47.775

Floor- "One of our favorite events to compete! We had five out of six competitors hit! What can I say? They're REALLY good on this event! C4C (Fr.) Jessa Liegl had our team high score on this event with a 9.800. She really knows how to work a crowd with her routine!" Team total on Floor=48.750

Beam- "Our premiere event! Counting our two exhibition routines along with the six in the competitive lineup, we hit eight out of eight! Bethany Stott once again, scored our team high with a 9.825 and Allison Todd received another career personal best score of 9.750." Team total on Beam= 48.600

Final Team Scores: Illinois State= 193.975 AFA= 193.500

"Since we've scored a 195.075 already this year, anything between a 193 and 195 will be very good scores that we'll be able to keep in the RQS! So, I am very pleased with the team's overall performance at Illinois State."

"The Falcons are off to Coach Woody's old stomping grounds- Denton, TX, to take on the TWU Pioneers. Hope to have as many AFA fans as possible there to cheer us on Sunday 17 Feb. @ 2pm!"

"A special Thank You for those who faxed us in Illinois! The team really loves it!

Our hotel fax number in Denton, TX is: 940-591-7736

Remember, to get all the latest rankings, click on this:

They're updated each Monday morning!

Thank You~ Lisa Woody"



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