March 13, 2013
The Air Force women's gymnastics team closes out the regular season this weekend with a pair of competitions in California. The Falcons open the weekend at the UC Davis Triangular on Friday, March 15, against the conference-leading Aggies and Sacramento State. Air Force will then head to Sacramento on Sunday, March 17, for a dual-meet rematch with the Hornets.
Friday's triangular meet, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (PST), will take place at The Pavilion on the campus of UC Davis. Tickets range between $5-8, while live stats will be available at ucdavisaggies.com. Sunday's dual meet, which is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (PST) start, will be held at The Nest at Sacramento State. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased starting an hour before the meet. Live stats will be available at HornetSports.com.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
Sacramento State and UC Davis are ranked 43rd (194.415 RQS) and 44th (194.265 RQS), respectively, in the GymInfo National Rankings. The Hornets are coming off of a 194.675 performance at Oregon State last weekend, while the Aggies scored a 194.500 to finish third in a quadrangular at San Jose State. UC Davis is the top-scoring team in the MPSF, while Aggie gymnasts hold the top Regional Qualifying Score on three of the four events, plus the all-around.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Please note, GymInfo rankings were released prior to the Falcons' dual meet with Denver, so those team and individual scores are not reflected in these standings. As a team, Air Force is ranked second in the MPSF with a Regional Qualifying Score of 192.570. Jessica Wallander holds the best conference standing, as she is tied for third on the vault with a RQS of 9.790. Three Falcons are ranked among the top six on the uneven bars, as Linnaea Hance is ranked fourth (9.760) and the pair of Wallander and Katie Hawthorne are tied for sixth (9.715). In addition, Hance and Hawthorne are ranked fourth (38.455) and fifth (38.370), respectively, in the all-around.
WALLANDER EARNS SECOND MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK AWARD
Jessica Wallander picked up her second MPSF Gymnast of the Week award of the season on March 12, after strong competitions at the Eagle Invitational (March 9) and at home against Denver (March 11). Wallander tallied career-best marks in two of her three events against the Pioneers, including a team-leading 9.850 on the vault. She also posted the team's highest scores on the vault and floor exercise at Eastern Michigan.
FALCONS SHATTER DAY-ERA RECORD
Air Force closed out the 2013 home season with a new Day-era record score of 194.700 against 13th-ranked Denver on March 11. That score - the highest total of head coach Doug Day's seven-year tenure at the Academy - bettered the previous mark (193.825, set on March 2 against Seattle Pacific) by nearly one point.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Highlighting the Falcons' team score of 194.700 was an Academy-record mark of 48.925 on the uneven bars. That mark broke a program standard (48.900) that had stood since the 2001 season. The Falcons accounted for three score of 9.800 or higher on that event, with a trio of gymnasts finishing within the top five. Linnaea Hance matched her career high of 9.850 to tie for third, while Jessica Wallander and Katie Hawthorne tied for fifth with career-best matching marks of 9.800.
FLOORING THE COMPETITION
Air Force accounted for six of the top eight scores on the floor exercise against the Pioneers on March 11. Hawthorne and Hance scored matching marks of 9.800 to tie for third, while Shannen Kelly added a fifth-place score of 9.775 and Jessica Wallander finished sixth with a 9.750. Jen Larsen and Alexandra Stych rounded out the Falcons' rotation, finishing seventh (9.725) and eighth (9.700), respectively.
HER WINNING WAYS
Jessica Hanner scored a career-best 9.825 to tie for first on the balance beam during the Falcons' home finale with Denver on March 11.
FALCONS FINISH THIRD AT EAGLE INVITATIONAL
Air Force tallied a combined score of 191.975 to finish third at the Eagle Invitational on March 9, picking up a conference victory over Alaska-Anchorage (191.650). Jessica Wallander paced the Falcons on the vault (9.800) and tied with Shannen Kelly for the team lead on the floor exercise (9.725).
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force begins its championship season on Saturday, March 23, at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. The annual conference meet, which will take place at Brougham Pavilion in Seattle, Wash., is slated to begin at 6 p.m. (PST).