April 11, 2012
The Air Force women's gymnastics team concludes the 2012 season this weekend at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships in Bridgeport, Conn. The three-day meet, which will be held at Hubbell Gymnasium (team prelims/event finals) and Webster Bank Arena (event finals), will run from Thursday-Saturday (April 12-14).
Air Force will compete in the first preliminary session, which is slated to begin at 1 p.m., on Thursday, April 12. Joining the Falcons in the opening session will be Centenary, Texas Woman's and William & Mary. The second preliminary session will begin at 6 p.m., and feature host Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, Seattle Pacific and Temple. The top two teams from each session will advance to the team finals on Friday, April 13 (6 p.m.), while the top individual from both sessions of Thursday's competition will advance to the individual event finals at 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 14. Competition on Thursday and Saturday will take place at Hubbell Gymnasium, while Saturday's meet will be held at Webster Bank Arena.
USAG RANKINGS (BASED ON RQS)
1. Bridgeport (194.650) 2. Texas Woman's (194.065) 3. Pennsylvania (192.310) 4. William & Mary (191.695) 5. Seattle Pacific (191.645) 6. Air Force (191.620) 7. Temple (191.590) 8. Centenary (191.335)
LAST TIME WE MET
Air Force has faced two of its three first-round opponents this season, defeating Centenary 190.925-187.250 and falling to Texas Woman's 191.450-188.200. The Falcons have also faced three of the four teams in the second session, including Bridgeport (L, 193.875-190.950; L, 193.525-192.175) and Seattle Pacific (L, 192.575-188.925; L, 192.475-191.100) twice. Air Force also competed against Centenary this season, defeating the Ladies 190.925-187.250.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Air Force leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on the uneven bars with a Regional Qualifying Score of 48.300. Individually, Jessica Wallander (vault, 9.785), Linnaea Hance (uneven bars, 9.745) and Jessica Hanner (balance beam, 9.730) are all ranked second in their respective events, while Katie Hawthorne is ranked third on the uneven bars with a RQS of 9.730. In addition, Hance is also ranked third in the all-around (38.185) and fifth on the beam (9.700), while Wallander is ranked sixth on the floor exercise (9.735).
HANCE FINISHES 14TH AT NCAA REGIONAL
With an all-around score of 38.225, Linnaea Hance finished 14th at the NCAA Regional Championships on April 7. Her best individual placement came on the uneven bars, where she tied for 16th with a 9.700. She also finished 34th on the balance beam (9.475), 35th on the floor exercise (9.550) and 39th on the vault (9.500).
SIX FALCONS CLAIM ALL-MPSF HONORS
Six gymnasts combined for 11 all-conference awards from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Linnaea Hance (uneven bars, balance beam, all-around), Jessica Wallander (vault, floor exercise), Jen Larsen (vault, all-around) and Katie Hawthorne (uneven bars, all-around) all claimed multiple distinctions, while Samantha Jones and Jessica Hanner were named all-MPSF on the uneven bars and balance beam, respectively.
DID YOU KNOW?
Air Force surpassed the 190-point mark in the last seven regular-season meets, while breaking the 192-point mark in the final three. In fact, Air Force broke the 191-point plateau during five of the last six regular season meets, while the sixth was just 0.050 off of that mark at 190.950. Air Force has recorded five of the top 14 scores in Doug Day's tenure.