July 12, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team welcomed five members of the Class of 2015 to the program, sixth-year head coach Doug Day recently announced. The Falcons' freshmen class, who are currently in the midst of Basic Cadet Training, represent four states, including Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas.
Day, the 2011 MPSF and USAG Coach of the Year, sat down to discuss the five talented gymnasts that will be joining an Air Force squad that is coming off of an impressive season that saw the program's first appearance in the national finals of the USAG Championships since 2003.
Elaina Cammarata | Cary, Ill. | Trinity Gym
"Elaina is a very talented young lady, who will develop into an excellent competitor for our team. Her drive and determination spells success. Her best event is balance beam and she should prove to add depth and consistency to our already excellent beam team. I look forward to her making an immediate impact to our program. Overall, she has the right work habits to fit into this program and I'm sure as time goes on she will push our upperclassmen for competitive spots on the other events."
Lindsay Ebel | Highlands Ranch, Colo. | Colorado Aerials
"Lindsay is an awesome gymnast. She will make an immediate impact to this year's team and should fill the shoes of (2011 graduate) Brittany Dutton in the all-around. She has competed as an International Elite and as a Level-10 athlete. She qualified to the 2008 and 2009 Junior Olympic Nationals and was a state champion on beam and bars at the Colorado state meet. Having graduated from the Air Force Prep School, she also brings a wealth of experience to add to our freshman class. She will definitely bring some excitement to this year's competitive season."
Kimberly Mc Robbie | Rowett, Texas | WOGA Gymnastics
"Kim is a beautiful gymnast, with great lines and artistry. She recently qualified to the 2011 Junior Olympic National Championships in Long Beach, Calif., where she performed very consistently. She has been a past Texas state bar and floor champion and should bring a lot of depth to this year's Falcon squad. I am very excited about her decision to come to the Air Force and I look forward to coaching her. Her technical execution is exceptional and with her sound basics. I look forward to her continuing to increase her difficulty every year, while competing for the Falcons! Kim will definitely bring more depth to our team."
Alexandra Stych | North Oaks, Minn. | Midwest Gymnastics
"Al is a very exciting gymnast to watch. She is incredibly quick and powerful and should also make an immediate impact to our program. She qualified and competed in this year's 2011 J.O. Level-10 National Championships and did a great job hitting four out of four events. Her consistency on the competitive floor will make her a "big" player to our program. Her energy and enthusiasm will fit right into our team and I look forward to having many successful years here at Air Force!"
Jessica Wallander | Coppell, Texas | Texas Dreams and Metroplex
"Jess brings a lot to the table. She is a past Level-10 Regional all-around champion and is beautiful to watch. She possesses a wealth of talent and brings a lot of experience to our team. She is a very expressive gymnast on the floor and should be a real crowd pleaser for our audiences to watch. Her work ethic is awesome and she should prove to be a huge asset to our program. I look forward to her being a part of our team."