Utah State Gymnastics Continues Season With Falcon Tri-Meet
Jan. 31, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State gymnastics is set to continue its month-long roadswing Saturday as they take on a pair of Falcons in the U.S. Air Force Academy and Seattle Pacific. Action from the Cadet West Gym in Colorado Springs will get underway at 5 p.m. (MT) on Feb. 1.
After having two meets in three days last weekend, the Aggies have had an extra day to recover going into Saturday's competition. The team scored a season-best team score of 194.400 in Sunday's quad-meet at UC Davis, while also notching the second-best team vault score in school history with a 49.275.
Utah State has the commanding lead in the all-times series against these two teams. Against USAFA, the Aggies are 10-1. Air Force has only been in Logan one time, while USU has only gone to the Air Force Academy three times. The only loss for the Aggies came in a quad-meet at the University of Arizona on March 26, 2012. Utah State has met the Seattle Pacific Falcons seven times in the past, coming out on top each time. The two teams will meet again in two weeks in a quad-meet at Oregon State.
Air Force is averaging a team score of 191.642 this season. The season-best score came in last week's loss to Denver, where they notched a 192.400. The Falcons are 1-3 on the year, with a win over Lindenwood and losses to No. 14 Minnesota, Texas Woman's and No. 18 Denver. Floor is USAFA's strong point, where they are averaging a score of 48.200.
Air Force is led in the all-around by senior Linnea Hance. She is averaging a score of 38.000, with a season-best of 38.475. Junior Jessica Wallender leads the team on vault, averaging a 9.700, while senior Katie Hawthorne is on top on bars and floor, averaging 9.767 and 9.708, respectively.
Seattle Pacific is a Division II program that has an average team score of 191.542, notching its season-high of 193.425 in a dual meet at Washington. The Falcons have an overall record of 3-2, with wins over Alaska Anchorage, Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Beam is the strength of the Falcons, where they are averaging 48.275.
The team does not have any active all-arounders. Senior Bryn Larson and freshman Tracie Villanueva lead the way on beam, averaging 9.708 and 9.733, respectively. Sophomore Maria Hundley is the top vaulter for the Falcons, averaging a 9.775, while also scoring an average of 9.525 on bars and 9.517 on beam.
The Aggies continue their month-long roadswing next weekend, but will be back in Utah. USU and BYU will have their second of three match-ups on the year as the Aggies head to Provo. The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 in the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo.
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