March 12, 2014
The Air Force women's gymnastics team closes out the regular season with a pair of meets, including its final home contest of 2014. The Falcons open the weekend in Durham, N.H., for a dual meet with New Hampshire on Friday, March 14, before returning to the Academy on Monday, March 17, to host 20th-ranked Arizona at Cadet Center Gym.
Friday's dual meet at New Hampshire will take place at 7 p.m., inside Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, N.H. Video steaming will be available through the Wildcats' website (unhwildcats.com). Monday's home meet in Cadet Center Gym is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and will be followed by the Falcons' Senior Night Celebration.
THANK YOU SENIORS!
Monday's meet will mark the final home competition for the six seniors on the Falcons' roster - Emily Bucher, Laura Fauss, Katie Hawthorne, Linnaea Hance, Jessica Hanner and Jen Larsen.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
New Hampshire is ranked 30th in the latest GymInfo national standings, holding a regional qualifying average or 195.295. The Wildcats are coming off of the second-highest score in school history (196.925) during a runner-up finish in a home meet with Penn State, George Washington and Bridgeport. Backed by a season-high score of 196.925, Arizona is ranked 20th in this week's GymInfo poll and holds a RQA of 195.920. The UA Wildcats, coming off of 197.050-196.275 loss to Oregon State last Sunday, will host Bridgeport, BYU and Texas Woman's University on Saturday prior to their trip to Colorado on Monday.
LOOKING AROUND THE LEAGUE
Linnaea Hance is ranked among the top-six of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in two events, including a No. 4 placement on the balance beam. Hance, who currently holds a Regional Qualifying Average of 9.790 on the beam, is also ranked fifth in the all-around with an RQA of 38.410.
FALCONS DO IT AGAIN
The Falcons improved their overall team score for the ninth straight meet on March 8, amassing a 193.900 to take third at the Eagle Invitational. That score, a seasonal improvement of 0.750, marked the fifth straight meet that that Air Force has surpassed the 193-point mark. It is also the second-highest score of head coach Doug Day's eight-year tenure.
EBEL AND HANCE TAKE FIRST ON UNEVEN BARS AT EMU QUAD
Lindsay Ebel and Linnaea Hance recorded matching marks of 9.775 to tie for first on the uneven bars at the Eagle Invitational on March 8. The marks, which included a career-high for Ebel, were two of three top-five finishes for Air Force on that event, as Jessica Hanner finished in a tie for fifth with a season-high mark of 9.725.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force begins the championship season next Saturday (March 22), when it travels to Davis, Calif., for the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. The meet, which will be held at The Pavilion on the campus of UC Davis, is slated to begin at 6 p.m. (PT).