Feb. 21, 2013
The Air Force women's gymnastics team will have its first Sunday meet of the year, when it travels to Denton, Texas, for a quadrangular meet at Texas Woman's University. The Falcons will face Centenary, Illinois-Chicago and host TWU at 2 p.m. (CST) inside Kitty Magee Arena.
Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for youth and seniors.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Illinois-Chicago holds the highest GymInfo National Ranking of Sunday's squads, ranking 49th with a total season average of 192.958. TWU and Air Force are ranked 55th (192.130) and 56th (192.000), respectively, while Centenary is ranked 66th with a 188.450 average.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Illinois-Chicago collected its highest score of the season last week during a 195.850-194.625 loss to Denver, while Centenary tallied its highest score of the season (191.950) during a split of its weekend series with Alaska. Texas Woman's University scored a 191.425 to finish fourth at the Bart Conner Perfect 10 Challenge against Oklahoma, Boise State and BYU.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
As a team, the Falcons are currently ranked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a total season average of 192.000. Individually, Alexandra Stych is ranked third on the floor exercise with a 9.719 average, while Jessica Hanner is ranked fifth on the balance beam with an average of 9.640. In addition, Linnaea Hance and Hanner are listed fourth (38.279) and fifth (38.206), respectively, in the all-around standings.
FALCONS TAKE SECOND AT HOME TRI-MEET
Backed by titles from Katie Hawthorne (all-around) and Linnaea Hance (balance beam), Air Force finished second at its home triangular on Feb. 16 with a score of 191.775. New Hampshire won the meet with a 192.725, while Lindenwood finished third with a score of 187.850.
Katie Hawthorne tallied a career-best 38.725 to win the all-around during the Falcons' Feb. 16 tri-meet. Highlighting the junior's day were runner-up finishes on the uneven bars (career-best 9.775) and balance beam (9.625). In addition to her victory on the balance beam (9.675), Linnaea Hance tied with Hawthorne on the uneven bars (season-best) and finished third in the all-around with a season-best score of 38.500.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force returns to the Academy next Saturday (March 2) for the conclusion of a home-and-home season series with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent Seattle Pacific at 6 p.m.