March 9, 2012
The Air Force women's gymnastics team travels to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the ninth annual Eagle Invitational on Saturday, March 10. The Falcons will face Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Temple at 7:00 p.m. (EST), at the Convocation Center on the EMU campus.
Live stats will be available for the meet at www.emueagles.com.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Northern Illinois holds the highest ranking of the Falcons' three opponents, holding a regional qualifying score of 193.720. Eastern Michigan is ranked 50th with an RQS of 192.585, while Temple is listed 60th with a 190.185 score. Air Force is currently ranked 58th with a RQS of 190.555 (regional rankings do not include the March 5 results due to the deadline for reporting)
LAST TIME WE MET
Air Force faced Eastern Michigan in late February at the Rutgers tri-meet. The Eagles finished second with a score of 193.125, while the Falcons took fourth with a score of 190.950. The Falcons' score is its highest road total of the season.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Jessica Wallander and Linnaea Hance are currently ranked second in the vault (9.770 RQS) and all-around (37.880), respectively. Hance is also ranked third on the uneven bars (9.695), while Jessica Hanner is ranked fourth on the balance beam with a regional qualifying score of 9.665. Jen Larsen and Katie Hawthorne are also listed among the conference leaders in the all-around, ranked third (37.680) and fourth (37.640).
HANCE CLAIMS MPSF HONOR
Linnaea Hance was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week on March 6, following a strong performance over the March 2-5 weekend. Hance collected career-best marks on the balance beam (9.800), floor exercise (9.775) and all-around (38.775) against Denver and Western Michigan on March 5, while the Falcons earned their second-highest team score in seven years. She also added a pair of runner-up finishes against Seattle Pacific on March 2.
FALCONS NET SEASON-HIGH
The Falcons collected a season-high score of 193.025 against Denver and Western Michigan on March 5 - marking the second-best score of the Doug Day era. Air Force, which shattered the previous 2012 season-high by nearly two points, now only trails the 2011 and 2010 squads that posted matching 193.300 scores against Denver during their respective years.
DID YOU KNOW?
Air Force has surpassed the 190-point mark during five straight meets and six of the last seven.
RECAPPING THE TRI-MEET
In addition to collecting their best team total of 2012, seven Falcons combined for 12 career-best marks and two additional season-high scores. As a team, Air Force set season-high scores on the uneven bars and floor exercise. Jessica Hanner used a career-best 9.825 to place third on the balance beam, while Jessica Wallander and Alexandra Stych scored personal-best marks of 9.800 to tie for that placement on the floor exercise.
LOOKING BACK AT THE DUAL WITH SPU
The Falcons surpassed the 191-point mark for the second time in three weeks during a 192.475-191.100 loss to Seattle Pacific on March 2. Air Force's score was a three-point improvement over its score during the first competition of the season against it conference counterparts.
A GIANT PERFORMANCE
Air Force dominated the top half of the uneven bar standings against Seattle Pacific on March 2, claiming four of the top six spots. Linnaea Hance scored 9.775 to finish second, while Katie Hawthorne and Sammi Jones tied for fourth with matching marks of 9.725. Jessica Wallander rounded out the Falcons' top-six finishers, placing sixth with a mark of 9.625.
GETTING THE WIN
Jessica Wallander won the vault against SPU, tallying a score of 9.750.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force closes out the regular season next Friday (March 16), when it travels to Tucson, Ariz., for a quad meet against 17th-ranked Arizona, Bridgeport and Utah State.