Feb. 28, 2013
The Air Force women's gymnastics team returns to the Academy's Cadet West Gym this weekend for a dual meet with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent Seattle Pacific. The meet, the second of a home-and-home schedule between the two Falcon programs, is slated for 6 p.m., on Saturday, March 2.
Admission is free for all Air Force women's gymnastics meets, which are held inside Cadet West Gym. Following the meet, the Falcons will be on hand to sign autographs. If you can't make it to the Academy, live video streaming will be available at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Backed by a 191.400 last weekend, Seattle Pacific has surpassed the 191-point mark in six straight meets. SPU is coming off a meet against a pair of top-15 teams, including No. 11 Oregon State and Nov. 15 Arizona. The Falcons are currently ranked third in the MPSF with a Regional Qualifying Score of 191.600, while Stephanie Wagner is ranked second on the balance beam with a 9.750 average.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
As a team, Air Force is currently ranked second in the MPSF with a RQS of 191.980. Individually, Linnaea Hance and Katie Hawthorne are ranked third (9.705) and fourth (9.700), respectively, on the uneven bars, while Jessica Hanner is ranked sixth on the balance beam with a regional qualifying score of 9.630. In addition, Hance and Hawthorne are ranked fourth (38.225) and fifth (38.225), respectively, in the all-around.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Backed by an uneven bars title from Linnaea Hance, the Falcons defeated MPSF foe Seattle Pacific 190.100-189.425 on Jan. 18.
HANCE NAMED MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Linnaea Hance was selected as the MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 26, becoming the fourth Air Force gymnast this season to earn the conference's weekly award. Hance picked up her third career honor after scoring a career-best 9.850 to tie for first on the uneven bars at the TWU Quadrangular on Feb. 24. She also tallied a personal-best 9.675 on the vault and a season-high 38.725 in the all-around.
FALCONS TAKE FOURTH AT TWU QUAD
Air Force scored a 191.225 at the TWU Quadrangular to finish fourth behind Illinois-Chicago (193.800), TWU (193.575) and Centenary (191.625) on Feb. 24. Linnaea Hance paced the Falcons with a first-place tie on the uneven bars (9.850), while Jessica Hanner finished second with a score of 9.750.
EARNING HIGH MARKS
Linnaea Hance's career-best 9.850 on the uneven bars led the Falcons to four finishes within the top half of the 24-gymnast field at the TWU Quadrangular on Feb. 24. Katie Hawthorne tied for eighth with a tally of 9.750, while Jessica Hanner, Alexandra Stych and Jessica Wallander all tied for 11th with matching scores of 9.700 (career-high marks for both Hanner and Stych).
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons have a full competition schedule in the coming week. Air Force will travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the Eagle Invitational on Saturday, March 9, before returning to the Academy to host Denver on Monday, March 11.