March 14, 2012
The Air Force women's gymnastics team wraps up the regular season this weekend with a quad meet in Tucson, Ariz. In addition to 18th-ranked Arizona, the Falcons will also face Bridgeport and Utah State at the McKale Memorial Center on Friday, March 16. The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Arizona is currently ranked 18th in the GymInfo Rankings with a regional qualifying score of 195.750, while Bridgeport and Utah State are ranked 38th (194.170 RQS) and 44th (193.700 RQS), respectively. Air Force is currently ranked 57th with a RQS of 191.370. Arizona is coming off of a 196.150-195.200 victory over New Hampshire, while Bridgeport (192.950) finished second in a tri-meet with Maryland (195.075) and Penn (191.650). Utah State also recorded a victory in its last meet, defeating Southern Utah 194.200-193.700.
LAST TIME WE MET
While the Falcons haven't faced Arizona or Utah State this season, Air Force met Bridgeport at the Rutgers Quad on Feb. 25. The Purple Knights won the four-team competition with a score of 193.875, while the Falcons' accumulated what had been their highest road score of the season (190.950) to finish fourth.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Jessica Hanner currently leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on the balance beam with a regional qualifying score of 9.715, while Jessica Wallander and Linnaea Hance are ranked second on the vault (9.780 RQS) and uneven bars (9.745), respectively. Hance is also ranked second on in the all-around (38.110) and third on the balance beam (9.700). In addition, Katie Hawthorne is ranked fourth on the uneven bars (9.695) and tied with Jen Larsen for third in the all-around (37.885). As a team, the Falcons are ranked first on the uneven bars with a RQS of 48.150.
AIR FORCE NETS SEASON-HIGH ROAD SCORE AT EMU
Air Force tallied its highest road score of the season (192.250) to finish second at the Eagle Invitational on March 10. That score, which was more than one point higher than the previous road mark, is the second-best regular season road score and the fourth-best overall road score since 2007.
FALCONS SHINE ON BARS AT EAGLE INVITATIONAL
Air Force collected five of the top 10 scores on the uneven bars at the Eagle Invitational, en route to a season-high event score of 48.625. Linnaea Hance recorded a 9.800 to tie for first, while Sammi Jones finished fourth with a career-best matching 9.750. Katie Hawthorne tied for sixth (9.725) and Jen Larsen finished eighth (career-best matching 9.700), while Jessica Wallander tied for 10th with a score of 9.650.
PAIR CLAIMS EVENT TITLES
Linnaea Hance and Jessica Wallander each tallied a share of an event title, as the Falcons finished second at the Eagle Invitational. Hance scored a 9.800 to tie for first on the uneven bars, while Wallander shared the vault title behind a score of 9.750.
DID YOU KNOW?
Air Force has surpassed the 190-point mark during six straight meets and in seven of the last eight. Five of the last six meets have seen the Falcons break the 191-point plateau, while the remaining score was just 0.050 off (190.950). So far this season, Air Force has recorded four of the top 12 scores in Doug Day's tenure during the 2012 season
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force opens the championship season on Saturday, March 24, when it travels to Davis, Calif., for the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Gymnastics Championships. The Falcons will face UC Davis, Seattle Pacific and Alaska-Anchorage at The Pavilion at 6 p.m. (PST).