Feb. 17, 2010
The Air Force women's gymnastics team returns to action this weekend with a pair of competitions. The Falcons will open the weekend hosting Seattle-Pacific and Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym (6 p.m.), before traveling to Denver, Colo., for a dual meet with the Pioneers on Monday, Feb. 22, at Hamilton Gym (6:30 p.m.).
Meet Notes 06: Air Force Triangular; at No. 18 Denver
LET'S MEET FRIDAY'S OPPONENTS
Seattle Pacific, a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent, is currently ranked second in the league with an average score of 188.400. The Falcons recorded a season-high 190.500 in their last outing, a third-place finish at a Boise State Tri-Meet on Feb. 12. Southeast Missouri State, undefeated on the season at 7-0, is coming off of a 194.650-193.250 victory over BYU on Feb. 13. Rikara Turner won her 16th all-around title, while SEMO gymnasts claimed three of the four individual event titles. Prior to their meet with the Falcons, both programs will take part in the Burnsley Invitational at DU on Friday night.
LET'S MEET MONDAY'S OPPONENT
Denver, currently ranked 18th in the nation, is averaging a score of 194.596. The Pioneers are coming off of a second-place finish at the IGI Chicago Style Invitational last weekend, where Brianna Artemev won the balance beam with a 9.850 and Kelley Hennigan finished third in the all-around with a score of 39.100. This will be the second time this season that Air Force has traveled to Denver for competition, as the two programs saw each other in early January at the DU Winterfest Classic.
Following Saturday's triangular meet, Air Force will recognize its three seniors - manager Stephanie Frick, Michelle Denise and team captain Aftan Boudreaux.
FALCONS NET SEASON-HIGH SCORE IN TEXAS
Air Force improved its team total by nearly three points, en route to a third-place finish at the Texas Woman's University Quad Meet on Feb. 7. The Falcons amassed a combined score of 188.650, behind season-best event totals on the balance beam (46.650) and floor exercise (47.575).
POSTING BIG NUMBERS
Jenna Dudley scored a career-best 9.700 on the vault at the TWU Quad Meet, marking the second straight meet where she has accounted for a new personal-best tally. Lisa Wong also posted a career-best mark, garnering a 9.725 on the balance beam for the Falcons' best score of the night.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Erin Brown recorded the largest single-meet scoring improvement of the day at Texas Woman's, bettering her balance beam score by nearly a point. After tallying her previous career-best mark of 8.750 on three separate occasions, Brown blew that score away with a 9.550. That score is the third-highest score by an Air Force gymnast this season.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force is off from competition until Friday, March 12, when it heads to The Land of the Midnight Sun for a pair of meets with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe Alaska-Anchorage. The Falcons and Seawovles will first meet at 7 p.m., on Friday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, before regrouping for a 2 p.m., showdown on Sunday, March 14.