Air Force Travels to Western Michigan
Feb. 21, 2007
On the road for the third straight weekend, the Air Force women's gymnastics team returns to the Midwest this weekend for a Saturday afternoon showdown with
SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Air Force continues to improve its scores each week...the newcomers continue to lead the program...freshman Michelle Denise leads the squad on the uneven bars and all-around, while classmate Kayla Kincade tops the team on the balance beam...sophomore Abigail Rogers has accounted for the team's top score on the floor exercise...Air Force most recently set a season-best team score of 185.557 in a loss to UC-Davis.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Western Michigan is a perfect 2-0 at University Arena this season...the Broncos most recently defeated in-state rival Central Michigan 192.600-190.375 on Saturday...WMU is 2-2 in the Mid American Conference and 2-7 overall...the Broncos are not listed in the current GymInfo rankings, but Andrea Perini had been ranked fourth in the MAC with an all-around average score of 38.637...freshman Rici Smith is a native of Falcon, Colo., and graduated from Liberty High School in Colorado Springs.
ONE MORE TIME: While UC-Davis is the only team the Air Force will face on three occasions, it is not the only squad that the Falcons will match up with twice. Air Force, which opened the season at
ABBEY'S ADDING UP: Against
HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE: The Falcons are currently in the midst of a four-week excursion that is taking them back and fourth across the country. Air Force opened its tour Feb. 10 against
`RANK YOU VERY MUCH: With the switch to the rankings being determined by the Regional Qualifying Score, Air Force has four gymnasts ranked among the league's top. Freshman Michelle Denise (9.275 RQS - bars), as well as seniors Christine Powers (9.170 - beam) and Shonna Iwaniec (9.380 - floor) are ranked fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. In addition, Iwaniec (9.215 - bars) and sophomore Abigail Rogers (9.270 - floor) are ranked sixth. Iwaniec has also posted the league's third-best regional qualifying score in the all-around at 36.570.
GET OUT THE BROOMS: During the Falcons' first homestand, Kayla Kincade was the Falcons' lone event winner. Scoring a 9.500 on the balance beam, Kincade guided Air Force a near-sweep of the top three spots (UC-Davis' Marie Inouye, who filled in for an injured teammate, tied with Kincade for first-place honors.) Senior Christine Powers tallied a 9.350 to take second on the apparatus, while classmate Sashonna Iwaniec posted a score of 9.325 to take third.
COMING UP: Taking a week off from competition (March 3), Air Force returns to