Feb. 22, 2014
After a weekend off from competition, the Air Force women's gymnastics team begins a busy stretch of the season that includes one road meet and a pair of home contests during a seven-day span. The Falcons open the week on Sunday, Feb. 23, in St. Charles, Mo., for a triangular meet with Lindenwood and Missouri, before returning to the Academy for a pair of dual meets with Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, March 1.
ROAD MEET INFORMATION
Sunday's triangular, a Pink Out meet which will feature Air Force, Lindenwood and Missouri, is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. (CST), at Hyland Arena. Tickets (general admission seating) are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Live stats and live video will be available through LindenwoodLions.com.
HOME MEET INFORMATION
Air Force will host Eastern Michigan in dual meets at the Academy's Center Gym on Wednesday and Saturday. Admission is free for both meets, which are slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. Due to the move into Center Gym, video streaming will not be available.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Lindenwood and Missouri faced each other last weekend, during another triangular at Lindenwood. Missouri, which is ranked 34th in the nation, scored a 194.050 to easily defeat Lindenwood (190.925) and Illinois State (190.175) on Feb. 14. The Tigers will host George Washington on Friday, prior to Sunday's meet. Eastern Michigan, who is off this weekend before traveling to the Academy, is coming off of a 194.500-194.125 Mid-American Conference victory over Western Michigan on Feb. 15.
WE'LL BE SEEING YOU
Following the upcoming homestand with EMU, Air Force will head to Ypsilanti, Mich., for Eastern Michigan's Eagle Invitational on March 8.
The Falcons' trip to Lindenwood on Sunday will be a homecoming for assistant coach Kris Merlo Robinson, who grew up in nearby St. Louis, attended Missouri-Columbia and spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach for the Tigers.
LOOKING AROUND THE LEAGUE
With a total average of 9.745, Katie Hawthorne is currently ranked fifth on the floor exercise. In addition, the Falcons are also listed among the top-half of the conference standings in that event with an average of 48.450.
FALCONS NET SEASON-HIGH 193.025 IN LOSS TO #10 AUBURN
Air Force recorded season-high scores on the vault (48.300) and floor exercise (49.000) during a 193.025 performance against 10th-ranked Auburn (195.950) on Feb. 8. The Falcons' overall team score is tied for the seventh-highest total since 2007. Katie Hawthorne and Linnaea Hance paced Air Force with fourth-place finishes on the floor and beam, respectively.
IT WAS QUITE THE FLOOR SHOW
With a fourth-place score of 9.825 on the floor exercise against Auburn, Katie Hawthorne paced a quartet of Falcons to scores of at least 9.800, as Jen Larsen, Jessica Wallander and Sarah Neumann all tied for fifth with that score. Neumann set a new personal best, Hawthorne and Wallander matched their career highs and Jen Larsen posted a season-best score as the Falcons combined for an overall score of 49.000 - a mark just 0.300 off the program's 2004 record.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons return to action on March 8, when they travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the Eagle Invitational against Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Temple.