April 9, 2014
The Air Force women's gymnastics team closes out the 2014 season this weekend at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships in Providence, Rhode Island. The meet, which will run from Friday, April 11, to Sunday, April 13, will be held at the Pizzitola Sports Center on the campus of Brown University. Air Force will open competition in Friday's first qualifying session.
The three days of competition at the USAG Championships are broken down into two qualifying sessions (April 11), team finals (April 12) and event finals (April 13). All session tickets are $40, while individual session tickets are $5 (general admission) and $12 (chairbacks). The top-eight teams in the USAG will be sending full squads to Providence, while the remaining five programs will travel individual gymnasts.
USAG NATIONAL RANKINGS
1. Texas Woman's University - 194.290
2. Air Force - 194.025
3. Bridgeport - 193.750
4. Seattle Pacific - 193.585
5. Brown - 193.295
6. Lindenwood - 192.840
7. Cornell - 191.935
8. Temple - 191.775
9. Pennsylvania - 190.800
10. Yale - 190.665
11. Centenary - 189.990
12. West Chester - 189.775
13. Southern Connecticut - 189.395
Air Force, Bridgeport, Cornell and Lindenwood will compete in the Friday's first qualifying session (2:00 p.m.), while Brown, Seattle Pacific, Temple and Texas Woman's University will compete in the section semifinal (7:00 p.m.). The top two teams from each qualifying session on Thursday will advance to Friday's team finals, while the top individual performers from the Thursday will move on to Sunday's event finals.
A LOOK AT THE RANKINGS
Air Force is ranked second among USAG teams, holding a regional qualifying average of 194.025. The Falcons are also ranked second in total average (193.323) and hold the best individual score in the field (195.300). As a team, Air Force is ranked first on the balance beam (RQA of 48.545) and third in the three remaining events. Individually, Linnaea Hance is ranked first on the balance beam (9.825), second in the all-around (38.850) and third on the uneven bars (9.795), while Shannen Kelly holds a top-five ranking on the beam (9.750, fifth).
LAST TIME WE MET...
The Falcons have only faced one of their three first-round opponents this season, maintaining a 2-0 advantage on Lindenwood. Air Force has faced three of the four squads competing in the other semifinal session, including Temple (1-0), Seattle Pacific (1-1) and Texas Woman's University (0-1).
DAY NAMED NORTH CENTRAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Doug Day picked up his second coaching award of the postseason on April 7, when he was named the North Central Region's Coach of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (Women). Day, who was named the conference's coach of the year in late March, has now claimed two regional coaching honors from the NACG/W (2008, 2014).
TRIO WRAPS UP REGIONAL COMPETITION
Three Falcons - Linnaea Hance, Katie Hawthorne, Shannen Kelly - competed at the NCAA Regional Championships on April 5. Hance finished 15th in the all-around (37.000), while Hawthorne finished 33rd on the uneven bars (9.625) and Kelly placed 38th on the balance beam (9.200).