The Air Force women’s gymnastics team closes out the 2017 season this weekend, when it travels to Seattle, Wash., for the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. The meet, which runs from Friday, April 7, through Sunday, April 9, will be held at Broughton Pavilion on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
The three days of competition at the USAG Collegiate Nationals will be broken down into two qualifying sessions (April 7, see schedule below), team finals (April 8 at 7:00 p.m.) and event finals (April 9 at 1:00 p.m.). The top nine squads in the USAG standings will send full squads to Seattle, while the remaining three programs will travel individual gymnasts. Full weekend passes are $30 for adults and $20 for youth (5-18) and seniors (55+), while single-day passes are $15 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors. Seattle Pacific will offer live stats and video at SPUFalcons.com (direct links are also available through the schedule page at GoAirForceFalcons.com).
The 2017 USAG Championships begin with two qualifying sessions on Friday, April 7. The afternoon session (2:00 p.m.) features Air Force, Bridgeport, Cornell and West Chester, while the evening session (7:00 p.m.) includes Brown, Lindenwood, Seattle Pacific, Texas Woman’s University and Yale (see complete rankings below). The top two teams from each preliminary session will advance to Saturday’s team finals, while the top individual performers from each qualifying session will move on to Sunday’s event finals.
RK: TEAM (SEED) - RQS
1T: Bridgeport (No. 1) - 194.440
1T: Lindenwood (No. 2) - 194.440
3: Texas Woman’s Univ (No. 3) - 194.370
4: Cornell (No. 4) - 193.885
5: Air Force (No. 5) - 193.680
6: Yale (No. 6) - 193.435
7: Brown (No. 7) - 193.340
8: West Chester (No. 8) - 193.095
9: Pennsylvania - 193.055
10: Seattle Pacific (No. 9) - 192.180
11: Southern Connecticut - 190.705
12: Centenary - 190.475
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Texas Woman’s University has accounted for the most USAG team titles (nine), although Bridgeport has won six of the last eight and Lindenwood is the two-time defending champion. Of the current field, Seattle Pacific (three), Air Force (two), Cornell (one) and Centenary (one) have also claimed USAG team titles since the division was founded in 1982.
Air Force has earned two USAG team titles (2001, 2002) and has had seven gymnasts combine from 10 individual event titles. Kim Broughton (all-around: 2000, 2002), Jennifer Dougherty (vault: 2002, all-around: 2002) and Allison Todd (balance beam: 2002, 2003) all claimed multiple event titles, while Bethany Stott (balance beam: 2001), Jessa Liegl (balance beam: 2003), Brittany Dutton (uneven bars: 2011) and Linnaea Hance (uneven bars: 2014) have each earned one.
A LOOK AT THE RANKINGS
Holding a regional qualifying score of 193.680, Air Force is ranked fifth in the USAG Division. The Falcons hold the same placement on the vault (48.445) and are ranked among the top-half of the USAG standings on the uneven bars (48.490). Individually, Kara Witgen is ranked among the division’s top-10 on the balance beam (fifth, 9.810) and all-around (seventh-tie, 38.820), while leading the squad in the vault rankings (14th, 9.745). Casey Bell and Anna Salamone are the Air Force leaders on the floor exercise (14th-tie, 9.820) and uneven bars (14th-tie, 9.750), respectively.
DID YOU KNOW?
Air Force surpassed the 193-point mark in the final six meets of the regular season and at the conference championship meet. The seven-meet stretch is the longest such streak since 2014, when the Falcons broke the 193 plateau in 10 straight meets, and the second-longest run of head coach Doug Day’s 11-year tenure.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The 2017 season is complete.