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Air Force Women’s Gymnastics AIR FORCE ACADEMY Location ................................. USAF Academy, Colo. Founded .......................................................... 1954 Enrollment ...................................................... 4,000 Colors ...............................................Blue and Silver Nickname .................................................... Falcons Affiliation .........................................NCAA Division I Conference ..................................................... MPSF Gymnasium ...................................Cadet West Gym Superintendent......................Lt Gen Michael Gould Director of Athletics .........................Dr. Hans Mueh COACHING STAFF Head Coach ..............................................Doug Day Alma Mater ........................... New Mexico (1977) Alma Mater ..............................Springfield (1978) Email ..............................douglas.day@usafa.edu Office Phone ................................(719) 333-2422 Office Fax .....................................(719) 333-7320 Assistant Coach ..................................... Lumi Garcy Email .......................... luminita.garcy@usafa.edu Office Phone ................................(719) 333-4789 Assistant Coach ...................................Kyle Georges Email ............................. kyle.georges@usafa.edu Office Phone ................................(719) 333-9503 SUPPORT STAFF Officer Representative ................ Lt Col John Martin Athletic Trainer ........................................ Lisa Smith Cadet Manager ............................... Hope Stremcha

Quick Facts | Media Information............................ 1 2011 Roster | Photo Roster .................................. 2 Complete Schedule | Team Information............... 3 Team Photo ......................................................... 4-5 Head Coach Doug Day ......................................... 6-7 Assistant Coaches ................................................ 8-9 Support Staff......................................................... 10 Meet the Senior ................................................... 12 Meet the Sophomores .................................... 13-19 Meet the Freshmen ......................................... 20-22 2011 Season Review ............................................. 24 2011 Meet-By-Meet Results ............................ 25-26

MVP and Academy Awards .................................. 28 Team Captains ...................................................... 28 Conference Awards .............................................. 28 Team Records ....................................................... 28 National Awards ................................................... 29 All-American Selections ........................................ 29 Academic Awards ................................................. 30 All-Time Letterwinners List ................................... 31 Academy Experience ............................................ 34 Senior Leadership ................................................. 35 Air Force Athletics ........................................... 36-37 Cadet West Gymnasium ....................................... 38 Falcons in the Community .................................... 39 Special Feature on Coaches’ Glider Flights ........... 40

TEAM INFORMATION Team Captain ................................. Samantha Jones Home Facility .................................Cadet West Gym 2011 Conference Finish ..................................... 2nd 2011 USAG Finish ...............................................3rd 2011 NCAA Finish ...............................................n/a Letterwinners Returning/Lost ............................8/5 USAG All-Americans Returning/Lost ..................5/2 Newcomers............................................................ 5 MEDIA INFORMATION Gymnastics Contact ........................... Valerie Perkin E-Mail .......................... valerie.perkin@usafa.edu Office Phone ................................(719) 333-8286 Office Fax .....................................(719) 333-3798 Website .................... www.GoAirForceFalcons.com CREDITS: The 2012 Air Force Women’s Gymnastics Media Guide was written and designed by assistant athletic media relations director Valerie Perkin. Additional editing provided by the athletic media relations staff. Photos by Diane Bidermann and members of DenMar Photo Services.

WORKING PRESS CREDENTIALS Media redentials can be obtained by contacting Valerie Perkin, assistant athletic media relations director, at (719) 333-8286. Requests should be made at least one day prior to the meet. Please note, photographers are not allowed to use flashes at any time during a gymnastics competition. RESULTS Final results will be available at the conclusion of the meet. They will also be posted immediately following the meet on the Falcons’ official website at GoAirForceFalcons.com.

INTERVIEWS All Air Force players and coaches are available for interviews during the week. All interview requests should be made at least one day in advance and coordinated through the athletic media relations office at (719) 333-8286. CONTACTING ATHLETES Cadet-athlete’s private phone numbers and email addresses will not be issued to the media. Air Force cadet-athletes have been instructed not to accept calls from media without prior notification from the athletic media relations office.

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GOAIRFORCEFALCONS.COM Visit the official Air Force athletic website - GoAirForceFalcons.com - for the most up-to-date information regarding the women’s gymnastics team and all 27 Air Force sports. Results, statistics, rosters, cadet-athlete bios, previews, features and match recaps can be found on the team page.


2012 Air Force Gymnastics Roster NAME Emily Bucher Elaina Cammarata Lindsay Ebel Laura Fauss Linnaea Hance Jessica Hanner Katie Hawthorne Samantha Jones Jen Larsen Kim McRobbie Melanie Ortiz Alexandra Stych Jessica Wallander

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HOMETOWN Fond du Lac, Wis. Cary, Ill. Highlands Ranch, Colo. Santa Rosa, Calif. Naperville, Ill. Owasso, Okla. Forney, Texas Sewell, N.J. St. Paul, Minn. Rowlett, Texas Suffern, N.Y. North Oaks, Minn. Dallas, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL Fond du Lac Cary Grove Mountain Vista Windsor Naperville North Rejoice Christian Texas Tech Washington Township North St. Paul Frisco Suffern Mounds View Coppell

CLUB TEAM PRONUNCIATION Oshkosh Gymnastics Academy boo-ker GEMS Gymnastics cam-are-ah-tuh Adrenaline Gymnastics ee-bull Santa Rosa Gymnastics Center foss Aerial Gymnastics Club lynn-aye-uh Jenks Gymnsatics -Individual Sports Solutions -Cherry Hill Gymnastics Academy -Flips Gymnastics -World Olympic Gymnastics Academy mic-rob-ee Galaxy Gymnastics or-tease Midwest Gymnastics Center stich Metroplex Gymnastics wall-an-der

Head Coach: Doug Day | Sixth Season | New Mexico, 1977 | Springfield, 1978 Assistant Coach: Lumi Garcy | Second Season | National Academy of Physical Education and Sport Assistant Coach: Kyle Georges | Second Season | New Mexico, 2010 Cadet Manager: Hope Stremcha | First Season | USAF Academy, 2015 Officer Representative: Lt Col John Martin | Fourth Season | Oregon, 1993 | Western England College, 1998 | Florida State, 2008 Athletic Trainer: Lisa Smith | Seventh Season | Colorado, 1986 | Slippery Rock, 1989

2012 AIR FORCE WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS TEAM

Emily Bucher

Elaina Cammarata

Lindsay Ebel

Laura Fauss

Linnaea Hance

Jessica Hanner

Katie Hawthorne

Samantha Jones

Jen Larsen

Kim McRobbie

Melanie Ortiz

Alexandra Stych

Jessica Wallander

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2012 Schedule & Opponent Information DAY Saturday Sunday Saturday Friday Sunday Saturday Saturday Friday Monday Saturday Friday Saturday Satuday Thursday Friday Saturday Friday-Sunday

DATE Jan. 14 Jan. 22 Jan. 28 Feb. 3 Feb. 12 Feb. 18 Feb. 25 Mar. 2 Mar. 5 Mar. 10 Mar. 16 Mar. 24 Apr. 7 Apr. 12 Apr. 13 Apr. 14 Apr. 20-22

OPPONENT at Texas Woman’s University at UC Davis at Denver, with Centenary at Seattle Pacific at Alaska-Anchorage UC Davis at Rutgers Seattle Pacific Western Michigan, with Denver at Eastern Michigan at Arizona, with Bridgeport, Utah State at MPSF Championships at NCAA Regional Championships at USAG Championships at USAG Championships at USAG Championships at NCAA National Championship

LOCATION Denton, Texas Davis, Calif. Denver, Colo. Seattle, Wash. Anchorage, Alaska USAF Academy, Colo. Piscataway, N.J. USAF Academy, Colo. USAF Academy, Colo. Ypsilanti, Mich. Tucson, Ariz. Davis, Calif. Salt Lake City, Utah Bridgeport, Conn. Bridgeport, Conn. Bridgeport, Conn. Duluth, Ga.

ARENA Kitty Magee Arena The Pavilion Hamilton Gymnasium Brougham Pavilion Wells Fargo Sports Complex Cadet West Gymnasium Livingston Gym Cadet West Gymnasium Cadet West Gymnasium Warner Gymnasium McKale Memorial Center The Pavilion Huntsman Center Wheeler Recreation Center Wheeler Recreation Center Wheeler Recreation Center Gwinnett Center

TIME 6:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. (PST) 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. (PST) 2:00 p.m. (AST) 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. (EST) 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. (EST) 7:00 p.m. (PST) 6:00 p.m. (PST) 6:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. (EST) 7:00 p.m. (EST) 1:00 p.m. (EST) TBA

Location ........................Denton, Texas Founded .....................................1901 Conference .................................. MIC Nickname ............................. Pioneers Colors ......................Maroon & White Facility .................. Kitty Magee Arena 2011 Ranking ......................... 43rd (T) Head Coach ................Lisa Bowerman SID ...........................Naveen Boppana Web ........................ twuathletics.com

Location ............................Davis, Calif. Founded .....................................1905 Conference ................................MPSF Nickname ................................ Aggies Colors ...................... Yale Blue & Gold Facility .............................The Pavilion 2011 Ranking ......................... 43rd (T) Head Coach .................Jaohn Lavallee SID ..................................Mark Honbo Web ...................... ucdavisaggies.com

Location .........................Denver, Colo. Founded .....................................1864 Conference .................... Independent Nickname ............................. Pioneers Colors ........................Crimson & Gold Facility .........................Hamilton Gym 2011 Ranking ...............................17th Head Coach ........ M Kutcher-Rinehart SID .......................... Niko Blankenship Web ...................denverpioneers.com

Location ......................Shreveport, La. Founded .....................................1825 Conference .................................. MIC Nickname .................................Ladies Colors ......................Maroon & White Facility ..............................Gold Dome 2011 Ranking ...............................56th Head Coach ....................... Jackie Fain SID ............................. Allison McClain Web ........................ gocentenary.com

Location ....................... Seattle, Wash. Founded .....................................1891 Conference ................................MPSF Nickname ............................... Falcons Colors ......................Maroon & White Facility ..................Brougham Pavilion 2011 Ranking ............................... 61st Head Coach .................. Laurel Tindall SID ..................................... Dan Lepse Web ........................... spufalcons.com

Location .................Anchorage, Alaska Founded .....................................1977 Conference ................................MPSF Nickname .......................... Seawolves Colors ........................... Green & Gold Facility ...............Wells Fargo Complex 2011 Ranking ..............................62nd Head Coach .....................Paul Stoklos SID ....................................Nate Sagan Web ........................goseawolves.com

Location ..................Kalamazoo, Mich. Founded .....................................1903 Conference ................................. MAC Nickname .............................. Broncos Colors .......................... Brown & Gold Facility ..................... University Arena 2011 Ranking ...............................37th Head Coach .................... Dave Kuzara SID ................................. Kristin Keirns Web .............. www.wmubroncos.com

Location ..................... Piscataway, N.J. Founded .....................................1776 Conference .................................EAGL Nickname ................... Scarlet Knights Colors ...................................... Scarlet Facility ....................... Livingston Gym 2011 Ranking ............................... 41st Head Coach .................... Louis Levine SID ......................................Jimmy Gill Web ......................scarletknights.com

Location ......................Ypsilanti, Mich. Founded .....................................1849 Conference .................. Mid-American Nickname .................................Eagles Colors .........................Green & White Facility ............................Warner Gym 2011 Ranking ...............................54th Head Coach ..................... Steve Wilce SID ................................ Chelsea Acho Web ................. www.emueagles.com

Location ..........................Tucson, Ariz. Founded .....................................1885 Conference ..........................Pacific-12 Nickname ............................. Wildcats Colors ....................... Cardinal & Navy Facility ........................ McKale Center 2011 Ranking ...............................20th Head Coach ........................ Bill Ryden SID ....................... Valery Meusburger Web .......... www.arizonawildcats.com

Location ..................Bridgeport, Conn. Founded .....................................1927 Conference ............. ECAC Gymnastics Nickname ....................Purple Knights Colors ........................ Purple & White Facility ................Wheeler Rec Center 2011 Ranking ...............................53rd Head Coach ......................Bryon Knox SID ............................ Chuck Sadowski Web ............................ ubknights.com

Location ...........................Logan, Utah Founded .....................................1888 Conference ................................. WAC Nickname ................................ Aggies Colors ...................Navy Blue & White Facility ...................... D.G.S. Spectrum 2011 Ranking ...............................47th Head Coach ....................Jeff Richards SID ....................................Zach Fisher Website .............utahstateaggies.com

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DOUG DAY | Head Coach | Sixth Season Golden Gophers, the team won two Big Ten team titles (1998, 2006) and made one team appearance at the NCAA Championships (2002). In addition, five Gophers won individual conference titles, two were named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, two earned regional championship titles, two claimed All-America honors and four individually qualified for the NCAA Championships. His Minnesota gymnasts also accounted for 62 Academic All-Big Ten awards and 21 NCAA Academic All-America citations. In addition to his coaching duties, Day taught physical education classes at Minnesota and served as the NACGC/W awards chairman for four years.

Doug Day, the 2011 Coach of the Year by both the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and USA Gymnastics, is entering his sixth season as the head coach of the Air Force women’s gymnastics team. As the first NCAA coach to earn national assistant coach of the year honors with both a men’s and women’s team, Day brings a wealth of technical, judging and coaching experience to the Academy. Day is currently a member of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee, where he represents the North Central Region, while also serving on the WCPC Rules Committee, as the North Central Region representative for collegiate women’s gymnastics.

Before joining the Minnesota program, Day served as the assistant men’s gymnastics coach at the University of New Mexico from 1986-97. While with the Lobos, he coached 10 individual national champions, 21 All-Americans and 36 individual conference champions, while helping New Mexico to five Western Athletic Conference team titles. He also taught physical education courses at UNM. In January 1997, Day was inducted into the University of New Mexico Gymnastics Hall of Fame for his contributions as an athlete and as a coach with the men’s gymnastics team.

In five years at the helm of the Air Force program, Day has coached 12 USAG AllAmericans to a combined 22 certificates. He was selected as the NCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year in 2008, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and the USAG Coach of the Year in 2011. He coached Abbey Rogers to back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year awards (2008, 2009) and to the program’s first-ever conference championship titles (balance beam, floor exercise, all-around) in 2009. Rogers was also awarded as the 2009 Mountain West Conference Student-Athlete of the Year, marking just the fourth time that an athlete from a sport not sponsored by the MWC has won the league’s top honor.

While as an assistant at the collegiate level, Day claimed two NCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year awards, becoming the first NCAA coach to earn that distinction for both a men’s and women’s team. Day first earned the honor while on the men’s coaching staff at New Mexico in 1995. In 2002, he received that distinction with the Minnesota women’s program. In addition, Day earned two Regional Assistant Coach of the Year selections while working with the Golden Gophers (2001, 2006).

Day added a second conference champion in 2010, when Jenna Dudley placed first on the vault. In 2011, Day saw Brittany Dutton and Lisa Wong share the balance beam title at the MPSF Championships, while Dutton claimed a share of the uneven bars title at the USAG National Collegiate Championships – the first Air Force gymnast to earn a USAG national title since 2004. Dutton was also named Gymnast of the Year by both the MPSF and USAG. The 2010 squad crossed the 190-point mark on three occasions, including the program’s highest team score (193.300) in six years. In addition, four of his gymnasts competed at the 2010 NCAA Regional Championships in Salt Lake City. The 2011 season saw continued improvement, as the Falcons recorded six of the ten highest scores of Day’s tenure, including another score of 193.300. Away from the gym, eight of his cadet-athletes have earned selections to the academic all-conference team, while two claimed all-academic team honors from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women, two have been chosen as MWC Scholar-Athletes and two have been honored as USAG Scholar-Athletes. In addition, Rogers was named to the academic alldistrict team by CoSIDA following the 2008 and 2009 seasons, while earning a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Prior to his appointment at the Academy, Day served as the head coach at TAGS Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, Minn. While at TAGS, he oversaw the design and implementation of team practices and facility issues. Day spent nine years (1997-2006) as the assistant coach for the women’s gymnastics program at the University of Minnesota. During his time with the

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Coaching Staff Day was the co-owner of Duke City Gymnastics School, a private gymnastics club in Albuquerque, where he produced numerous state and regional champions. From 1986-97, he served as the president of the New Mexico Judges Association, and from 1996-97, he served as the treasurer/secretary of the men’s College Gymnastics Association. In addition, Day was the event director of three NCAA Western Regional Gymnastics Championships and the assistant event director of the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., following the 1993 season.

Quick Hits HEAD COACH: U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY 2007-present (women’s program) Two-Time MPSF Head Coach of the Year (2010, 2011) USAG National Coach of the Year (2011) NCAA North Central Region Head Coach of the Year (2009) Two MPSF Gymnast of the Year (three occasions) 12 USAG All-America Selections Four MPSF Individual Champions Five Academic All-MPSF Selections One MWC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Day has more than 25 years of judging experience, including the 1996 Olympic Trials in Boston and nine USA Championships. He served as the high bar technical secretary for the 1996 Olympic Games. Day was the national apparatus leader on parallel bars in 1997 and the technical assistant on high bar from 1992-96 for USA Gymnastics. Internationally, he has judged dual meets for the U.S. against China, Romania, Bulgaria, Japan, Australia and Germany. Day also judged at the World University Games in Fukuoka, Japan.

ASSISTANT COACH: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 1997-2006 (women’s program)

Day acted as the commissioner of gymnastics for the New Mexico State Games from 1987-92. Before moving to New Mexico, Day was the co-owner and director of Artistic Gymnastics, Inc., in Long Island, N.Y. From 1978-82, he served as the program director for the U.S. Gymnastics Training Center Camp in Mt. Herman, Mass. Day was also the Director of Adapted Physical Education for Half Hollow Hills School District No. 5 in Dix Hills, N.Y., from 1978-92. In all, 34 of Day’s former Junior Olympic athletes have received full athletic scholarships to major universities. Athletes trained by Day have competed in the Olympic Games (1988, 1992), the World Gymnastics Championships (1979, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1999), the USA McDonald’s American Cup and the 1997 Maccabia Games. Day served as coach for the U.S. at the 1989 Golden Sands Invitational in Varna, Bulgaria, and at the 1994-95 Blanc Mesnil Invitational in Paris, France. He also served as an assistant coach for Slovenia at the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships in Tianjin, China.

National Assistant Coach of the Year Two-Time NCAA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year Two Big Ten Team Championships One Team Appearance to the NCAA Championships Five Big Ten Individual Champions Two Big Ten Gymnast of the Year Selections Two Individual Regional Champions Two All-America Honorees 62 Academic All-Big Ten Selections

ASSISTANT COACH: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO 1986-1997 (men’s program) National Assistant Coach of the Year 10 Individual National Champions 21 All-America Honorees Five Western Athletic Conference Team Championships 36 Individual WAC Champions

Day received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from New Mexico in 1977 and his master’s degree in adapted physical education from Springfield College in 1978. He and his wife, Lynn, have a 20-year-old daughter, Sierra, who attends the University of New Mexico.

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LUMI GARCY | Assistant Coach | Second Season Luminita Miscenco-Garcy, the 2011 USA Gymnastics Assistant Coach of the Year, is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Air Force women’s gymnastics team. Known in the gymnastics world as Lumi, she brings a wealth of experience to the Falcons’ program, having been a member of the Romanian National team under famed coach Bela Karolyi.

She also spent four years as a coach for elite gymnasts at Aerials Gymnastics in Colorado Springs (2000-04). There, she coached numerous elite-level gymnasts, including Natalie Foley, the runner-up on the vault at the 2001 U.S. Championships and an alternate for the 2001 World Championship Team that claimed a bronze medal.

Garcy joined the Air Force coaching staff in the summer of 2010, after spending two years as a head coach at 5280 Gymnastics Club in Denver, Colo.

She also spent two years (1998-99) as the personal coach for 1996 Olympic champion Dominique Moceanu, as she prepared for the 1998 Goodwill Games. Under her tutelage, Moceanu became the first American to win the all-around title at the Goodwill Games, while winning the vault and balance beam titles at the 1998 U.S. Championships.

In addition to her day-to-day duties with the Falcons’ gymnastics program, she is also an instructor in the Academy’s department of physical education, teaching such courses as rock climbing and physical development.

Garcy began her coaching career in 1995 at Deva Gymnastics School in Romania. There, she was responsible for preparing the Junior National Team that won the 1997 national competition. She is a certified, professional member of USA Gymnastics. She earned a master’s degree in coaching from the National Academy of Physical Education and Sports in Bucharest, Romania.

Garcy’s gymnastics career began in 1977, when, at age five, she was selected to attend the world-renowned School of Karolyi in Deva, Romania, and train under the direction of Bela and Martha Karolyi. She spent 14 years at the School, earning world titles on the floor exercise and balance beam, while competing in numerous national and international competitions as a member of the Junior and Senior Romanian National Teams. Among the last generation of gymnasts to be hand-selected by the Karolyi’s, she was able to train in the same school as three-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci. Prior to joining the Academy staff, Garcy spent the past two years (2008-10) as a head coach at 5280 Gymnastics in Denver. While there, she was responsible for the training and development of local gymnasts of all ages. She was also in charge of recruiting gymnasts (Level 4 through Elite) that demonstrate potential for competing at the highest level. She was also a member of the national coaching staff for USA Gymnastics from 2004-10. In that role, she oversaw the training and development of National and TOP (Talent Opportunity Program) gymnasts, as well as assisting at the Junior Olympic and Pan American camps. She also organized and conducted clinics throughout the United States, while preparing presentations for gymnastic values and education before Congress. Prior to joining the 5280 club, Garcy spent four years (2004-08) as a personal consultant at DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics in Indianapolis, Ind. One of her gymnasts, Samantha Peszek, was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that earned a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

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KYLE GEORGES | Assistant Coach | Second Season Kyle Georges, the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Assistant Coach of the Year, is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Air Force women’s gymnastics program. Georges joined the program in December 2011, just 10 days after graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in university studies, with a concentration in physical education and communication. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Georges started participating in gymnastics at the age of three. At 16, after eight years of competing, Georges began coaching. Since then, he has coached a wide variety of gymnastics to over 600 athletes, including pre-teen to adult classes. In addition, Georges has coached tumbling to several high school cheerleading teams in the Albuquerque area. In his first season with the Falcons, Georges was named the assistant coach of the year by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, becoming just the second Air Force assistant to claim the conference’s coaching award. Georges was married in October 2011, to the former Jennifer Birrell of Albuquerque, N.M.

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Support Staff LT COL JOHN MARTIN

LISA SMITH

Officer Representative Fourth Season

Athletic Trainer Seventh Season

Lt Col John Martin is entering his fourth year as the Officer Representative for the Air Force women’s gymnastics team. Martin’s primary responsibility is to monitor academic progress of team members. Additionally, he helps to oversee the team’s logistical needs during team travel.

Lisa Smith enters her seventh season as the athletic trainer of the Air Force women’s gymnastics team, and her 16th season in the Air Force Academy’s athletic training division. In addition to her responsibilities with the Falcons’ women’s gymnastics team, Smith also oversees the health and well-being of the Air Force water polo team.

Martin, who was promoted to lieutenant colonel in March 2011, currently serves as an Associate Professor and Director of International Programs in the Department of Management. He also teaches international management, power and influence, and strategic management.

Smith is a 1986 graduate of the University of Colorado, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. She followed that by earning a master’s in the same field at Slippery Rock in 1989.

A native of Eugene, Ore., Martin graduated from the University of Oregon in 1993 with a degree in business administration, double-majoring in management and marketing. Following graduation, Martin was commissioned in the Air Force through the Officer Training School in 1996 and completed acquisition fundamentals training at Lackland AFB, Texas. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Western New England College in 1998. Following his first tour at the Air Force Academy, he earned his PhD in Strategic Management from Florida State University in 2008.

In 2001, Smith volunteered for the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., working with the USA Women’s Hockey National Team Festival. In 2002, she was selected as the athletic trainer for the 2002 USA Basketball Young Women’s National Team, which competed in the qualifying tournament for the 2002 COPABA World Championship for Young Women in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. The team defeated Brazil for the gold medal. Before coming to the Academy in 1994, Smith spent five years as an assistant athletic trainer at Merrimack College. She was the head athletic trainer for both men’s and women’s basketball and women’s soccer, while also working extensively with baseball, softball and men’s soccer.

He has worked in acquisition assignments focusing on improving computerbased training for linguistics personnel; satellite operations and maintenance; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. He also served on a three star general officer’s staff. Prior to his current assignment at the Academy, he was stationed at Hanscom AFB, Mass., Schriever AFB, Colo., and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. In addition, he was selected as the Dean of Faculty Company Grade Officer of the Year (2002) and the Dean of Faculty Field Grade Officer of the Year (2009).

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Meet The Falcons

SAMMI JONES | Senior | 5-2 | Sewell, N.J. | Washington Township HS SENIOR (2012): Team captain. JUNIOR (2011): Two-time USAG All-American selection…earned second-team honors on the vault and floor exercise…also earned all-conference honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on the vault…competed on the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise in every team competition…also competed on the vault and floor exercise during the individual event finals of the USAG Championships…tallied a career-best 9.725 on the floor exercise during four meets…collected the first at home against Seattle Pacific…matched that score against Bridgeport, Denver and during the team qualifying session of the USAG Championships…also recorded personal-best scores of 9.750 on the uneven bars against Bridgeport and Denver…scored a career-best 9.775 on the vault during the USAG team qualifier…tied for first during the qualifier with that score…that score was the best on the team in 2011…reached the 9.700 mark on the vault in seven meets, including a string of six straight...claimed a pair of first-place finishes on the floor exercise (Seattle Pacific, Eastern Michigan). SOPHOMORE (2010): Did not compete due to injury. FRESHMAN (2009): Competed in every meet for the Falcons, including five as an all-around competitor...posted a career-high 37.850 at New Hampshire’s Fox Run Invitational...also accounted for a personal-best score on the floor exercise (9.650) at that meet...scored a career-high 9.700 on the vault at Wisconsin-La Crosse...scored a 9.675 to pace the Falcons on that event at Pittsburgh...recorded a personal-best uneven bars score of 9.600 at Centenary...finished fourth in that event (9.450) at Hamline to help Air Force to the top four places...was a top-three finisher in collegiate debut on the bars...tallied a career-high 9.325 on the balance beam in season debut. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Washington Township High School...four-time MVP... three-time captain...three-time all-state selection...four-time conference and league champion...two-time sectional champion...2008 Athlete of the Year... member of the National Honor Society...Cum Laude graduate...honor roll student...four-year member of the School Board Superintendent Student Cabinet...Ronald Davis Heck Memorial Award winner...competed at the club level for Cherry Hill Gymnastics Academy...coached by Christine Golderer, Shawn Ellis, Christian Robinson and Joe Stuerr...2008 MVP...four-time Level 10 regional qualifier...two-time Junior Olympic national qualifier. PERSONAL: Full name is Samantha Christine Jones...goes by Sammi...daughter of Lee and Susan Jones...has two older brothers, Daniel and Mark...majoring in behavioral science...future plans include to attend physical therapy school… served as Group Academics NCO, Element Leader and Support Clerk…named to the Dean’s List four times…also named to the Commandant’s List for excellence in military performance on three occasions…spent the summer working Falcon Sports Camps, taking leave and working logistics during combat survival training…favorite quote is “you can’t always wait for the storm to pass, sometimes you have to learn to dance in the rain”...favorite event is the vault...member of Cadet Squadron 03.

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EMILY BUCHER | Sophomore | 5-7 | Fond du Lac, Wis. | Fond du Lac HS FRESHMAN (2011): Earned USAG All-America second-team honors on the balance beam…placed ninth in the individual event finals with a score of 9.200… recorded a career-high 9.725 during the team qualifying round to tie for fifth… scored a 9.700 to tie for seventh during the team finals…also competed on the beam during four regular season competitions. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Fond du Lac High School…member of the National Honor Society…graduated with a 3.9 GPA…member of SWAT (Students Working as Teachers)…volunteered in fourth-grade classrooms, teaching life lessons… competed at the club level for Oshkosh Gymnastics Center…coached by Phyllis and Dale Hardt…three-year participant at nationals…competed at Level 10 for five years…participated at the regional meet for seven years. PERSONAL: Daughter of Jeff and Sherri Bucher…father served in the Air Force for seven years…has one older sister, Tori, and two younger sisters, Megan and Katie…majoring in biology…future career plans becoming a physical therapist… served as A1 Element NCO…hobbies include reading, watching movies and hanging out with friends…favorite event is the balance beam, because “it is challenging and very rewarding. I find it fun”…is extremely close to family and says “they are the most important thing in my life”…is very excited about this year’s team...spent the summer completing combat survival training (“the hardest thing I have ever done”) and jump (“the best experience of my life”)… also took leave and traveled to Wisconsin to see friends and family…member of Cadet Squadron 27.

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LAURA FAUSS | Sophomore | 5-2 | Santa Rosa, Calif. | Windsor HS FRESHMAN (2011): Did not compete. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Windsor High School…maintained a 4.2 cumulative GPA…lifetime member of the California Scholastic Federation…graduated in the top four percent of class…named to the Honor Roll…recipient of the 2010 Rotary Scholarship…president of the Christian Club…competed at the club level for Santa Rosa Gymnastics Center…coached by Darcie Fellows…two-year team captain…Level 9 Region 1 all-around champion in 2010…two-time Western qualifier…placed fifth on the floor exercise in 2010…four-time regional competitor…member of the Region 1 team that won the 2010 Western National Championships…two-time recipient of the Most Outstanding Gymnast award. PERSONAL: Full name is Laura Nicole Fauss…nickname is “Slo”…daughter of Greg and Kristi Fauss…has two younger brothers, Jason and Erik…majoring in behavioral science…earning a minor in German…future plans include becoming a physical therapist…hobbies include reading, hanging out with friends, drawing and traveling (“Europe is one of my favorite places”)…spent three years teaching gymnastics…very active in community service work…directed summer program at church…favorite event is the uneven bars, because “I like the challenge of it being so different from other events. It’s a good break from the norm”…member of Cadet Squadron 34.

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LINNAEA HANCE | Sophomore | 5-3 | Naperville, Ill. | Naperville North HS FRESHMAN (2011): USAG All-America (second-team) selection on the uneven bars…all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree on the balance beam and all-around…competed in every meet, including six as an all-around competitor…scored a career-high 38.575 against Bridgeport…also tallied personal-best highs on the uneven bars (9.800) and floor exercise (9.600) at that meet…uneven bars score was the second-highest on the team in 2011…matched that floor score again against Eastern Michigan and Denver…scored a career-high balance beam score of 9.750 on two occasions…captured the first at Minnesota to place fourth…matched that score in the regular-season finale against Denver…led the team with a 9.517 average on the beam…tallied a career-best 9.475 on the vault at UC Davis…cleared the 38-point mark in three of six allaround competitions…collected first-place finishes in the all-around at UC Davis and at home against Eastern Michigan…tied for first on the uneven bars against Bridgeport...named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 15. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Naperville North High School…member of the High Honor Roll (4.0 GPA)…Wellesley Book Award nominee…studied Spanish for four years and took two years of Mandarin Chinese…member of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.)…competed at the club level for Aerial Gymnastics Club…coached by Don and Patrice McPherson and Jeanne Johnson…four-time Level 10 state and regional qualifier…two-time alternate for the Junior Olympic National Championships…placed second in the region on the balance beam… also finished second on the uneven bars and ninth in the all-around at the regional championships. PERSONAL: Daughter of Geoffrey and Cynthia Hance…has one older sister, Madora…nickname is “Nay”…majoring in management…unsure of future plans, but looking at becoming a pilot…named to the Athletic Director’s List during both semesters of freshman year…enjoys outdoor sports (kayaking, hiking, biking, etc.)...favorite event is the uneven bars, because “I feel the most comfortable there”…has a corn snake…has been to China twice…has gone scuba diving in the Cayman Islands…favorite fruit is mangoes…spent the summer completing combat survival training, jump and global engagement…member of Cadet Squadron 36.

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JESSICA HANNER | Sophomore | 5-3 | Owosso, Okla. | Rejoice Christian HS FRESHMAN (2011): USAG All-American (first team) on the balance beam… also earned all-conference honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on that event…competed in all four events for the Falcons, including every competition on the balance beam…finished sixth on that event at the USAG Championship event finals with a 9.600 to earned first-team USAG All-America distinction….tallied a career-best 9.800 on the balance beam during the team finals of the USAG Championships to tie for third...that was the highest score on the team in 2011…scored a 9.750 in the team qualifying round to place fourth… also surpassed the 9.700 mark at Minnesota (9.725)…also posted career-best vault score of 9.500 during that meet…participated in the vault rotation during seven meets…competed on the uneven bars in 11 meets…tallied a career-best 9.575 at Seattle Pacific…made debut on the floor exercise at the USAG team finals, scoring a 9.275. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Rejoice Christian High School…class valedictorian… received the Christian Leadership Award…competed at the club level from Jenks Gymnastics…coached by Ken Hensley…five-time state all-around champion (2006-10)…two-time Level 9 regional all-around champion (2007-08)… Level 10 regional champion on the balance beam (2009)…three-time Western national qualifier…NIT Qualifier in 2009-10…recorded the team’s highest all-around total in 2009. PERSONAL: Full name is Jessica Claire Hanner…nickname is “Jess”…daughter of Jim and Robin Hanner…has one older brother, Trey…majoring in civil engineering…future plans include becoming an engineer…named to the Commandant’s List for excellence in military performance…served as Element NCO…hobbies include singing…sang the national anthem at all of RCHS football games…favorite event is the balance beam…spent the summer completing combat survival training, jump and global engagement…member of Cadet Squadron 07.

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KATIE HAWTHORNE | Sophomore | 5-3 | Forney, Texas | Texas Tech HS FRESHMAN (2011): Competed on the floor exercise and uneven bars for the Falcons….member of the floor rotation for the final 11 team competitions… posted a season-best 9.600 during the team finals at the USAG Championships……competed on the uneven bars in six meets, including the qualifying and championship rounds of the USAG Championships…scored a career-high 9.725 on that event during the first home meet with Eastern Michigan…won the uneven bars during season debut at Seattle Pacific and at home against Eastern Michigan. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Texas Tech High School…graduated from high school a year early…graduated within the top 10% of class…competed at the club level for Individual Sports Solutions…coached by Larry McDonough…qualified to Junior Olympic Nationals. PERSONAL: Full name is Claudia Katherine Hawthorne…goes by Katie…daughter of Joseph and Wende Hawthorne…has one younger sister, Natalie, and one younger brother, Philip…majoring on foreign area studies, with a focus on Latin America…served as Athletic Clerk…earned jump wings…member of the “500 Club” for receiving a perfect score on the Physical Fitness Test…spent the summer completing combat survival training, jump and global engagement…also took leave and traveled home to spend time with family and friends…hobbies include gymnastics, rock climbing, camping, anything outdoors and listening to music…favorite event is the uneven bars, because “it is my best event and I like to swing and fly around the bars fast”…member of Cadet Squadron 27.

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JEN LARSEN | Sophomore | 5-0 | St. Paul, Minn. | North St. Paul HS FRESHMAN (2011): Three-time USAG All-American…earned first-team honors in the all-around and second-team selections on the vault and floor exercise... competed in every competition, including the final five as an all-around competitor…collected a career-best 38.750 in the team qualifying session of the USAG Championships…also tallied career-best marks on the vault (9.750) and floor exercise (9.725) during that meet…competed on the uneven bars and balance beam during every team competition…posted a 9.700 on the bars during the regular season finale against Denver…scored a personal-high 9.675 on the beam at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships…reached the 38-point mark in the all-around during four of five meets…ranked second on the team on the vault and all-around. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: North St. Paul High School…member of the National Honor Society…member of the “A” Honor Roll…graduated 17th in a class of 482…competed at the club level for Flips Gymnastics…coached by Bart and Lori Roskoski and Jean Juneski…served as team captain…member of the team that won the 2010 Level 10 national title…competed at the 2009 Level 10 NIT…participated at the Level 9 Westerns in 2008, placing second on the uneven bars, eighth on floor exercise and 10th in the all-around…three-year MVP (2008-10). PERSONAL: Full name is Jennifer June Larsen…goes by Jen…daughter of Michael and Karen Larsen…has one older sister, Jessica, and a niece, Aubriella, who is four…majoring in economics…future plans include working in the Office of Special Investigations…served as a Coach for the freshmen…hobbies include reading, knitting and sleeping…raced snowmobiles at age seven…father races both snowmobiles and Front Engine Dragsters…favorite event is the uneven bars, because it is “always the most fun to show off ”…spent the summer completing jump and Combat Survival Training…member of Cadet Squadron 13.

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MELANIE ORTIZ | Sophomore | 5-4 | Suffern, N.Y. | Suffern HS FRESHMAN (2011): Did not compete due to injury. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Suffern High School…member of the varsity gymnastics team for five years…served as team captain for four…received the team’s MVP award…member of the team that placed fourth at the high school national championships…placed sixth individually at that meet…named to the honor roll…Scholar-Athlete…competed at the club level for Galaxy Gymnastics…coached by Jamie Winkler…advanced to Level 10 Regionals…received the club’s Sportsmanship Award. PERSONAL: Daughter of Randy and Keiko Ortiz…has one older brother, Ryan, and one younger brother, Randy…Ryan is currently in the Marines…nickname is “Mel”…majoring in foreign area studies…earning a minor in Portuguese…future plans include becoming either a pilot or an intelligence officer…served as Training Clerk…named to the Commandant’s List for excellence in military performance…attended the Academy’s Prep School…first person from Suffern High School to attend the Air Force Academy…hobbies include reading, hanging out with friends and shopping…is very artistic…favorite event is the vault, because “I have always enjoyed the challenge of vaulting. I like trying new vaults and seeing what I can do”…spent the summer taking an academic class and completing global engagement and jump…”so stoked for this season!”…member of Cadet Squadron 31.

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Meet The Falcons HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Cary Grove High School…competed at the club level for GEMS Gymnastics…coached by Chris Riegel. PERSONAL: Daughter of Frank and Rose Cammarata…has one younger brother, Frank Jr.…currently undecided on a major… enjoys scuba diving…favorite event is the vault…member of Cadet Squadron 01.

ELAINA CAMMARATA | Freshman | 5-6 Cary, Ill. Cary Grove HS

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Mountain Vista High School…lettered in academics…competed at the club level for Adrenaline Gymnastics and Colorado Aerials…coached by Aaron Gallegos, Kathy Vighil and Jason Bates…two-time Level 10 national qualifier (2007, 2008)…elite qualifier in 2006. PERSONAL: Full name is Lindsay Ashley Ebel…nickname is “Ebs”…daughter of Wayne and Deanna Ebel…has one older brother, Jared, and one younger brother, Ryan…majoring in behavioral science…future career plans include working as a therapist/character development…attended the Academy’s Prep School…received athletic excellence ropes all four quarters and at the end of the year…also received military excellence ropes for two semesters…named the top female athlete for the Class of 2011…competed club gymnastics…enjoys puzzles, hanging out with friends and being outside…favorite quote is “The elevator to success is out of order, you will have to take the stairs … one step at a time”…favorite event is the uneven bars, because “it’s all about swinging and having fun! I love the momentum and it is not a constant hard pounding on the body like floor or vault”…considers balance beam a close second as a favorite event…“I love beam because when I make a new skill or compete really well I know that it’s all about the mental aspect, so when I have accomplished something it is truly mind over matter and shows how strong I can be”…member of Cadet Squadron 36.

LINDSAY EBEL Freshman | 5-1 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Mountain Vista HS

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Meet The Falcons HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Frisco High School…graduated in the top 10-percent of class…member of the National Honor Society…competed at the club level for World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA)…coached by Laurie Dix and Yevgeny Marchenko…placed seventh at the 2011 Texas State Championships…finished sixth at the 2011 Region III Championships… qualified to the 2011 Junior Olympic Nationals. PERSONAL: Full name is Kimberly Kathleen McRobbie…goes by Kim…daughter of Jim and Kathy McRobbie…mother is a dentist in the Navy Reserve…has one older sister, Mary, and one younger sister, Becca…also has one older brother, Bill, who is a senior at the Merchant Marine Academy…majoring in biology…future plans include attending medical school…hobbies include going out on the lake…also enjoys waterskiing and wakeboarding…favorite event is the floor exercise, because “I love to tumble and it’s the most fun”…member of Cadet Squadron 12.

KIM McROBBIE Freshman | 5-5 Rowlett, Texas Frisco HS

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Mounds View High School…school record holder in the pole vault…four-time participant at the Minnesota state championship meet…finished third at the 2011 championships...three-time academic all-state selection… two-time all-state honoree…three-time all-conference performer…served as team captain during 2011 season…lettered in academics all four years…member of the National Honor Society…competed at the club level for Midwest Gymnastics Center…coached by Jess Graba and Ali Lim…two-time competitor at the Junior Olympic Nationals (2010-11)…first alternate for the 2009 JO Nationals…NIT competitor in 2009. PERSONAL: Daughter of Dean and Diane Stych…nickname is “Al”…has one younger sister, Rachel…majoring in biology… future career plans include becoming a doctor…hobbies include scrapbooking, reading and spending time with family and friends…also enjoys singing…has several relatives in the military, including an aunt (Air Force colonel), two uncles (one retired Air Force colonel, one Army) and both grandfathers (one Air Force, one Army)…favorite event is the floor exercise, because “I love to smile and show off my routine”…member of Cadet Squadron 13.

AL STYCH Freshman | 5-4 North Oaks, Minn. Mounds View HS

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Meet The Falcons HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Coppell High School…competed at the club level for Metroplex Gymnastics…coached by Marnie Futch and Gina Quinlan…2009 Level 10 Regional Champion. PERSONAL: Full name is Jessica Ann Wallander…nickname is “Wall-e”…daughter of Jim and Rhonda Wallander…has five siblings – Justin, Amanda, Allan, Jaclyn and Adam…Justin is in the Army and currently serving in Afghanistan… undecided on a major…hobbies include arts and crafts…favorite events is the uneven bars, because “when I’m swinging around the bars, I feel like I can fly”…member of Cadet Squadron 39.

JESSICA WALLANDER Freshman | 5-3 Dallas, Texas Coppell HS

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2011 Season in Review

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2011 Season in Review DATE Jan. 8

Jan. 15 Jan. 22 Jan. 29 Feb. 4 Feb. 12 Feb. 19 Feb. 25 Mar. 2 Mar. 5 Mar. 12

Despite boasting a roster that featured the largest freshman class in all of Division I gymnastics, the Air Force women’s gymnastics team concluded an impressive competitive season by advancing to the USAG team finals for the first time since 2003 and earning its best finish (third) since that year. The Falcons, who finished second in the team standings at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, accounted for four of ten best team scores since Doug Day became head coach in 2007.

Mar. 14 Mar. 19

Senior Brittany Dutton won the USAG title on the uneven bars and shared the MPSF balance beam title with classmate Lisa Wong. Air Force accumulated multiple post-season awards, including a pair of major honors for Dutton (MPSF Gymnast of the Year, USAG Outstanding Senior Gymnast) and Day was selected as the Coach of the Year from both the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and USA Gymnastics, while Kyle Georges earned the MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year award and Lumi Garcy was selected as the USAG Assistant Coach of the Year.

Apr. 2 Apr. 8

USAG Champion: Brittany Dutton (uneven bars) USAG All-Americans: Brittany Dutton (uneven bars-1st, vault-2nd, balance beam-2nd, all around-1st); Jen Larsen (all around-1st, vault-2nd, floor exercise2nd); Samantha Jones (vault-2nd, floor exercise-2nd); Jessica Hanner (balance beam-1st); Emily Bucher (balance beam-2nd); Lisa Wong (balance beam alternate-2nd); Linnaea Hance (uneven bars alternate-2nd) USAG Most Outstanding Senior Gymnast: Brittany Dutton USAG Head Coach of the Year: Doug Day USAG Assistant Coach of the Year: Lumi Garcy USAG Scholar-Athlete Team: Lisa Wong

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Apr. 9

OPPONENT No. 7 Georgia Brigham Young at No. 16 Denver at Maryland No. 13 New Hampshire Seattle-Pacific at No. 18 Minnesota at UC Davis Bridgeport at Eastern Michigan at Seattle-Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan at No. 15 Washington Seattle Pacific No. 18 Denver MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS UC Davis Seattle Pacific Alaska-Achorage at NCAA Regionals USAG TEAM QUALIFIER Texas Woman’s University Cornell Penn USAG TEAM FINALS Bridgeport Texas Woman’s University Seattle Pacific USAG Championships

RESULTS L, 186.600-195.575 L, 186.600-193.225 L, 186.600-192.925 L, 186.475-194.525 L, 186.475-192.300 W, 191.475-190.425 L, 191.500-195.575 L, 188.950-192.100 L, 192.400-192.425 L, 188.175-191.500 W, 188.475-188.275 W, 190.200-189.675 W, 190.950-190.750 L, 189.175-195.425 L, 189.175-190.050 L, 193.300-194.225 2nd of 4 (192.225) L, 192.225-192.975 W, 192.225-191.250 W, 192.225-190.475 No Team Scores 2nd of 4 (193.200) L, 193.200-194.125 W, 193.200-192.575 W, 193.200-188.700 3rd of 4 (191.975) L, 191.975-194.050 L, 191.975-193.300 W, 191.975-190.950 No Team Scores

MPSF Champion: Brittany Dutton, Lisa Wong (co-balance beam) MPSF All-Conference: Brittany Dutton (vault, uneven bars, floor exercise, all-around); Linnaea Hance (balance beam, all-around); Lisa Wong (balance beam); Jessica Hanner (balance beam); Samantha Jones (vault) MPSF Gymnast of the Year: Brittany Dutton MPSF Head Coach of the Year: Doug Day MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year: Kyle Georges Academic All-Conference: Holland Davis, Tara Harris, Sammi Jones, Lisa Wong NAME Emily Bucher Holland Davis Brittany Dutton Laura Fauss Linnaea Hance Jessica Hanner Tara Harris Katie Hawthorne Sammi Jones Janie Kovacs Jen Larsen Melanie Ortiz Lisa Wong

Most Valuable Gymnast: Brittany Dutton capped off a remarkable four-year career by earning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year award and the USA Gymnastics Outstanding Senior Gymnast award. The senior claimed the USAG national title on the uneven bars, as well as a share of the MPSF crown on the balance beam. The Falcons’ team captain set careerbest marks in three of the four individual events, as well as the all-around. Dutton received the MPSF Gymnast of the Week award once in 2011, while earning all-conference honors on the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around. She paced the team on the uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around, while capturing nine first-place finishes, including titles at the conference and national championship meets.

YR Fr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr.

HT 5-7 5-3 5-1 5-2 5-3 5-3 5-5 5-3 5-2 5-5 5-0 5-4 5-1

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL) Fond du Lac, Wis. (Fond du Lac) Dadeville, Ala. (Dadeville) Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) Santa Rosa, Calif. (Windsor) Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North) Owasso, Okla. (Rejoice Christian) Gilroy, Calif. (Notre Dame Senior) Forney, Texas (Texas Tech Senior) Sewell, N.J. (Washington Township) Fort Mill, S.C. (Nation Ford) St. Paul, Minn. (North St. Paul) Suffern, N.Y. (Suffern) Silver Spring, Md. (Montgomery Blair)

Head Coach: Doug Day Assistant Coaches: Luminita Garcy | Kyle Georges Officer Rep: Lt. Col. John Martin | Athletic Trainer: Lisa Smith Cadet Manager: Ashley Green

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2011 Season in Review EMILY BUCHER 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Qualifier USAG Team Finals USAG Event Finals

LAURA FAUSS VAULT -----------------

BARS -----------------

BEAM -------8.475 8.975 -9.575 9.375 -9.725 9.700 9.200

FLOOR -----------------

AA -----------------

VAULT 9.375 9.450 9.525 9.600 9.525 9.625 9.125 -9.450 9.525 9.575 9.600 9.550 9.525 9.475

BARS 9.275 9.300 9.450 9.500 9.575 9.750 9.500 --9.375 9.425 9.450 9.450 9.450 8.650

BEAM ----------------

FLOOR ----------------

AA ----------------

2011 MEETS Did not compete in 2011

BARS --

BEAM --

FLOOR --

AA --

9.475 VAULT 9.325 ---9.475 9.450 9.300 9.075 9.325 9.300 ------

9.800 BARS 9.525 9.500 8.300 9.600 9.725 9.800 9.525 9.575 9.650 9.550 9.400 9.675 9.600 9.700 9.175

9.750 BEAM 9.325 9.075 9.600 9.750 9.575 9.725 9.150 9.500 9.250 9.725 9.625 9.750 9.675 9.650 9.725

9.600 FLOOR 9.000 9.200 9.125 9.550 9.450 9.600 8.825 9.050 9.425 9.600 8.150 9.600 9.450 9.400 9.400

38.575 AA 37.175 ---38.225 38.575 36.800 37.200 -38.175 ------

9.500 VAULT 9.375 9.375 9.450 9.375 ---9.425 -----9.475 9.500 --

9.575 BARS 8.500 8.925 9.350 9.325 9.450 9.525 9.300 9.575 9.550 -9.375 -9.475 ----

9.800 BEAM 9.475 8.475 9.650 9.725 8.250 9.225 9.425 9.600 9.025 9.625 8.900 9.650 9.675 9.750 9.800 9.600

9.275 FLOOR --------------9.275 --

-AA -----------------

VAULT 9.350 9.250 9.600 9.550 8.900 9.675 9.450 9.525 9.300 9.550 9.700 9.725 8.800 ---

BARS ----------------

BEAM 8.725 9.375 9.600 9.050 8.825 9.675 9.150 -9.600 8.750 ------

FLOOR 8.100 8.775 9.425 8.600 ---8.625 --------

AA ----------------

LINNAEA HANCE CAREER-BEST MARKS 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals

HOLLAND DAVIS 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals

VAULT --

JESSICA HANNER CAREER-BEST MARKS 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals USAG Event Finals

TARA HARRIS 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals

BRITTANY DUTTON 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships @ NCAA Regionals USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals USAG Event Finals*

VAULT -9.650 9.650 9.675 9.650 9.700 9.525 9.650 9.650 9.675 9.375 9.675 9.650 9.650 9.725 9.675 9.712

BARS 9.550 9.025 9.775 9.600 9.775 9.825 9.450 9.200 8.900 9.675 9.200 9.775 9.425 9.600 9.825 9.750 9.800

BEAM 9.325 8.850 9.650 9.150 9.000 9.150 8.700 9.150 -9.550 --9.775 8.000 9.725 -9.425

FLOOR 9.700 9.600 9.550 9.775 9.625 9.750 9.300 9.550 9.825 9.525 9.475 9.775 9.725 9.475 9.650 9.725 --

AA -37.125 38.625 38.200 38.050 38.425 36.975 37.550 -38.425 --38.575 36.725 38.925 ---

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2011 Season in Review KATIE HAWTHORNE 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals

VAULT ----------------

BARS -------9.675 9.725 8.400 -9.650 -9.675 9.200

BEAM ----------------

FLOOR ----9.300 9.000 9.575 9.275 9.550 8.900 9.425 8.975 9.450 9.375 9.600

AA ----------------

VAULT 9.475 9.575 9.650 9.575 9.575 9.750 9.600 9.650 9.125 9.725 9.700 9.700 9.750 9.775 9.700 9.337

BARS 9.200 9.350 9.450 9.650 9.650 9.750 9.525 9.575 9.700 9.600 8.950 9.750 9.650 9.625 9.675 --

BEAM -----------------

FLOOR 9.300 9.600 9.725 9.575 9.325 9.725 9.075 9.575 9.575 9.625 9.675 9.725 9.675 9.725 9.700 9.675

AA -----------------

VAULT ----------------

BARS ----------------

BEAM ----------9.400 9.625 9.650 -9.175

FLOOR ----------------

AA ----------------

JEN LARSEN 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals USAG Event Finals*

SAMANTHA JONES 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals USAG Event Finals*

BARS 9.450 8.825 9.500 8.700 8.725 9.625 9.550 9.275 9.675 9.575 9.575 9.700 9.400 9.650 9.650 --

BEAM 9.525 8.925 9.500 9.450 8.975 9.100 9.500 9.450 9.100 9.200 8.800 9.000 9.675 9.625 9.575 --

FLOOR 8.650 9.300 9.625 9.575 8.675 8.925 9.625 -9.600 9.550 9.625 9.675 9.550 9.725 9.675 9.650

AA ----------37.725 38.000 38.275 38.750 38.425 --

VAULT --

BARS --

BEAM --

FLOOR --

AA --

VAULT 9.400 9.500 9.600 9.575 9.500 9.725 9.450 9.500 9.475 9.425 9.450 9.650 9.600 9.525 9.550

BARS ----------------

BEAM 9.150 9.275 9.200 9.650 9.450 9.725 9.550 8.525 9.750 9.750 9.025 9.750 9.775 9.700 9.675

FLOOR 9.175 9.625 9.600 9.650 9.525 9.600 8.950 9.375 8.600 9.125 9.325 9.450 9.200 9.075 --

AA ----------------

VAULT 46.975 47.550 48.025 47.975 47.725 48.475 47.325 47.750 47.200 47.900 48.150 48.375 48.200 48.300 47.950

BARS 47.000 46.100 47.525 47.675 48.175 48.750 47.550 47.675 48.300 47.775 46.975 48.550 47.600 48.475 47.450

BEAM 46.800 45.500 48.000 47.725 45.825 47.500 46.775 46.225 46.725 47.850 46.525 48.150 48.575 48.550 48.475

FLOOR 45.825 47.325 47.925 48.125 47.225 47.675 46.525 46.825 47.975 47.425 47.525 48.225 47.850 47.875 48.100

MELANIE ORTIZ 2011 MEETS Did not compete in 2011

LISA WONG 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals

JANIE KOVACS 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals

VAULT ----------9.725 9.625 9.650 9.750 9.525 9.425

TEAM SCORES 2011 MEETS @ Denver @ Maryland, Seattle Pacific @ Minnesota @ UC-Davis Bridgeport @ Eastern Michigan @ Seattle Pacific Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Washington Denver MPSF Championships USAG Team Qualifier USAG Team Finals

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TOTAL 186.600 186.475 191.475 191.500 188.950 192.400 188.175 188.475 190.200 190.950 189.175 193.300 192.225 193.200 191.975


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Honors & Awards Most Valuable Gymnast

Academy Top-Six Awards

Team Captains

YEAR ..........................................MOST VALUABLE 1977....................................................................n/a 1978....................................................................n/a 1979....................................................................n/a 1980..........................................................Jill Archer 1981................................................... Heidi Croeber 1982..................................................... Ellen Nelson 1983.....................................................Wynne Botts 1984..................................................Marci McGlinn 1985............................................Cynthia Tallmadge 1986..................................................... Sue Wieland 1987........................................... Marlena Ventresca 1988.................................................. Wendy Hacker 1989................................................Michelle Carson 1990......................................................Susan Bizzel 1991........................................................ Carol Bush 1992................................................Jeanine Stewart 1993................................................... Becky Mosley 1994........................................................Dawn Talty 1995........................................... Michelle Roxburgh 1996........................................... Michelle Roxburgh 1997........................................... Michelle Roxburgh 1998............................................Katrine Waterman 1999............................................ Courtney Hamrick 2000......................................... Kimberly Broughton 2001....................................................Kristi Delcour 2002...........................................Jennifer Dougherty 2003......................................................Allison Todd 2004.........................................................Jessa Liegl 2005.........................................................Jessa Liegl 2006................................................ Lauren Robison 2007.............................................Sashonna Iwaniec 2008................................................... Abbey Rogers 2009................................................... Abbey Rogers 2010....................................................Jenna Dudley 2011.................................................Brittany Dutton

YEAR .................................. TOP FEMALE ATHLETE 1998........................................... Michelle Roxburgh 2003......................................................Allison Todd 2005.........................................................Jessa Liegl 2009................................................... Abbey Rogers

YEAR ............................................ TEAM CAPTAIN 1977..................................................Meet Captains 1978............................................ Dorothy Mahaey 1979...............................................Michelle Pompili 1980.....................................................Margie Clark 1981......................... Cindy Faries, Lynn Ellen Vergis 1982...............................................Lynn Ellen Vergis 1983.....................................................Wynne Botts 1984................................................. Peggy Kirchner 1985.................................................. Karolen Fahrni 1986................................ Malia Bell, Charlie Brooks 1987..............................................Julie Northgraves 1988........................................... Marlena Ventresca 1989........................................... Marlena Ventresca 1990................................................... Susan Bizzelle 1991.........................................................Tina Lamb 1992........................................................ Carol Bush 1993................................................Jeanine Stewart 1994........................................................Dawn Talty 1995................Antoinette Valero, Meghan McCann 1996..............................................Meghan McCann 1997.........................Felicia Bell, Michelle Roxburgh 1998......... Felicia Bell, M Roxburgh, Kerrie Gribuski 1999..................................................Kelly Roxburgh 2000...................................................Shelly Hooten 2001.................................................Jennifer Glomb 2002............................................ Courtney Hamrick 2003......................................................Allison Todd 2004.................................................. Rebecca Lewis 2005.................................Jessa Liegel, Diane Godar 2006................................................ Lauren Robison 2007.............................................Sashonna Iwaniec 2008........................................................Kelly Lewis 2009................................................... Abbey Rogers 2010.............................................. Aftan Boudreaux 2011.................................................Brittany Dutton

Three-time MVP Michelle Roxburgh

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Awards

All-Time Individual Records

MPSF GYMNAST OF THE YEAR Abbey Rogers..................................................................................... 2008, 2009 Brittany Dutton ............................................................................................ 2011 HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR Doug Day ........................................................................................... 2010, 2011 ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR Nelle Barriteau ............................................................................................ 2010 Kyle Georges ................................................................................................ 2011

Event Vault

Score 9.900

Gymnast ............................................ Year Jessa Liegl ............................................2004 Kelly Roxburgh.....................................1996

Uneven Bars

9.925

Laura Frank ..........................................2003

Balance Beam

9.900

Bethany Stott.......................................2001

Floor Exercise

9.950

Jessa Liegl ............................................2004 Allison Todd .........................................2003

All-Around

39.475

Jessa Liegl ............................................2004

All-Time Team Records

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS Abbey Rogers............................................................................2009 (BB, FX, AA) Jenna Dudley ..........................................................................................2010 (V) Brittany Dutton ................................................................................2011 (BB-co) Lisa Wong ........................................................................................2011 (BB-co)

Event Vault

Mountain West Conference Awards MWC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Abbey Rogers............................................................................................... 2009

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Score ...................................................................... Year 49.000 .......................................................................2004

Uneven Bars

48.900 .......................................................................2001

Balance Beam

49.150 .......................................................................2004

Floor Exercise

49.300 .............................................................2004, 2000

Team Total

195.675 .....................................................................2004


Honors & Awards National Champions

All-America Awards

NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Marci McGlinn (Vault) ............................ 1984, 1985

AIAW ALL-AMERICANS 1981 Heidi Croeber................................................................................. Vault, Balance Beam, All-Around NCAA ALL-AMERICANS 1984 Marci McGlinn ........................................................................................................................... Vault 1984 Cynthia Tallmadge .............................................................. Uneven Bars, Floor Exercise, All-Around 1985 Marci McGlinn ........................................................................................................................... Vault 1985 Cynthia Tallmadge ...................................................................................... Uneven Bars, All-Around 1986 Sue Wieland.................................................................................................................Balance Beam 1987 Marlena Ventresca ...................................................................................................... Floor Exercise

USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONS Air Force Academy.................................. 2001, 2002 USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Kimberly Broughton (All-Around) ........... 2000, 2002 Bethany Stott (Balance Beam) .......................... 2001 Jennifer Dougherty (Vault, All-Around) ............ 2002 Allison Todd (Balance Beam) .................. 2002, 2003 Jessa Liegl (Balance Beam) ............................... 2004 Brittany Dutton (Uneven Bars) ......................... 2011

Other National Awards NCAA NORTH CENTRAL COACH OF THE YEAR Lisa Woody ....................................................... 2001 Doug Day .......................................................... 2009 USA GYMNASTICS HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR Lisa Woody ....................................................... 2001 Doug Day .......................................................... 2011 USA GYMNASTICS ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR Holly Tedeschi ................................................... 2002 Lumi Garcy........................................................ 2011 USA GYMNASTICS OUTSTANDING SENIOR Erin Maguire ..................................................... 2004 Brittany Dutton ................................................. 2011

USA GYMNASTICS ALL-AMERICANS 1989 Michelle Carson ............................................................................................................. Uneven Bars 1991 Michelle Carson ............................................................................................................. Uneven Bars 1992 Jeanine Stewart ................................................................................................................ All-Around 1993 Jeanine Stewart ................................................................................................................ All-Around 1994 Jennifer Spence ........................................................................................ Floor Exercise, All-Around 1995 Michelle Roxburgh ......................................................................... Vault, Balance Beam, All-Around 1997 Michelle Roxburgh ............................................................................................................ All-Around 1997 Katrine Waterman ............................................................................................................ All-Around 1998 Katrine Waterman ............................................................. Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, All-Around 1998 Kelly Roxburgh ........................................................................................................................... Vault 1999 Kelly Roxburgh ........................................................................................................................... Vault 2000 Kimberly Broughton..................................................Vault, Uneven Bars, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2000 Kristi Delcour .................................................................................................................... All-Around 2000 Jennifer Dougherty ....................................................................Vault, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise 2000 Courtney Hamrick .....................................................................................Balance Beam, All-Around 2000 Amy Hultin ................................................................................................................... Floor Exercise 2000 Bethany Stott ...............................................................................................................Balance Beam 2000 Elizabeth Weber .................................................................................................. Vault, Uneven Bars 2001 Kimberly Broughton.................................................................................... Uneven Bars, All-Around 2001 Kristi Delcour ............................................................................................ Floor Exercise, All-Around 2001 Jennifer Dougherty ................................................................................... Floor Exercise, All-Around 2001 Courtney Hamrick ........................................................................................................Balance Beam 2001 Bethany Stott ...............................................................................................................Balance Beam 2001 Allison Todd ................................................................................................................... Uneven Bars 2001 Elizabeth Weber ........................................................................................................................ Vault 2002 Courtney Hamrick .......................................................................................................... Uneven Bars 2002 Jennifer Dougherty ......................................................................... Vault, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2002 Kimberly Broughton............................................................ Uneven Bars, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2002 Bethany Stott ....................................................................Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2002 Allison Todd ......................................................................Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2003 Laura Frank .......................................................................Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2003 Allison Todd ................................................Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2004 Laura Frank ................................................................................................................................ Vault 2004 Jessa Liegl .........................................................................Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2004 Erin Maguire ................................................................................... Vault, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2004 Lauren Robison ................................................................................................................. All-Around 2005 Sashonna Iwaniec ...................................................................................................................... Vault 2005 Jessa Liegl ............................................................................................................... Vault, All-Around 2007 Sashonna Iwaniec ............................................................................................................. All-Around 2008 Michelle Denise ............................................................................................................. Uneven Bars 2008 Brittany Dutton ......................................................................................... Floor Exercise, All-Around 2008 Kayla Kincade ...............................................................................................................Balance Beam 2009 Aftan Boudreaux ............................................................................................................ Uneven Bars 2009 Jenna Dudley .................................................................................................................... All-Around 2010 Jenna Dudley ......................................................................................... Uneven Bars, Floor Exercise 2011 Emily Bucher ................................................................................................................Balance Beam 2011 Brittany Dutton ........................................................ Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, All-Around 2011 Linnaea Hance ............................................................................................................... Uneven Bars 2011 Jessica Hanner .............................................................................................................Balance Beam 2011 Sammi Jones ...................................................................................................... Vault, Floor Exercise 2011 Jen Larsen ....................................................................................... Vault, Floor Exercise, All-Around 2011 Lisa Wong ....................................................................................................................Balance Beam

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Honors & Awards National Academic Awards

Conference Academic Awards

Academy Athletic Awards

NCAA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN Bethany Stott ................................................... 2002

MPSF ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM Allison Todd ..................................................... 2003 Laura Frank ............................................ 2003, 2004 Diane Godar ................................ 2003, 2004, 2005 Tammy Ritchey ...................................... 2003, 2004 Erin Maguire .................................................... 2004 Lauren Robison ...................................... 2004, 2006 Sashonna Iwaniec .................................. 2006, 2007 Katie Donnell ............................... 2006, 2007, 2008 Kelly Lewis ............................................. 2007, 2008 Abbey Rogers............................... 2007, 2008, 2009 Lisa Wong .................................... 2009, 2010, 2011 Holland Davis ................................................... 2011 Tara Harris ....................................................... 2011 Sammi Jones .................................................... 2011

USAFA SCHOLAR ATHLETES Tauny Searcy .................................................... 1990 Michelle Carson ............................................... 1991 Karen Gremba ................................................. 1991 Shannon Faber ...................................... 1994, 1995 Ann Zionic .................................... 1994, 1995, 1996 Megan Bir ........................................................ 1995 Jenny Lark Goss ............................................... 1995 Michelle Roxburgh........................................... 1996

NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP Abbey Rogers................................................... 2009 CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT Abbey Rogers......................................... 2008, 2009 NACGC/W ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM Ann Zionic .................................... 1994, 1995, 1996 Diane Godar .................................................... 2003 Abbey Rogers .............................. 2007, 2008, 2009 Jill Ward ........................................................... 2007 Kelly Lewis ....................................................... 2008 USA GYMNASTICS ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM Courtney Hamrick............................................ 2002 Bethany Stott ................................................... 2002 Kimberly Broughton ........................................ 2002 Allison Todd ..................................................... 2002 Diane Godar .......................................... 2003, 2004 Laura Frank ...................................................... 2004 Tammy Ritchey ................................................ 2004 Lauren Robison ................................................ 2006 Katie Donnell ............................... 2006, 2007, 2008 Kelly Lewis ............................................. 2007, 2008 Abbey Rogers............................... 2007, 2008, 2009 Lisa Wong .............................................. 2010, 2011

MWC SCHOLAR ATHLETES Diane Godar .................................................... 2004 Katie Donnell ................................................... 2005 Abbey Rogers............................... 2007, 2008, 2009 Erin Brown ....................................................... 2010

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AFA ACADEMIC TEAM EXCELLENCE Women’s Gymnastics ............................ 2001, 2003


Letterwinners List AAA ...................................................................... ALEXANDER, Mona .........................................95, 96 ARCHER, Jill.....................................................79, 80 BBB ...................................................................... BAGOZZI, Jennifer ............................... 95, 96, 97, 98 BARRETT, Mary .........................................06, 07, 08 BELL, Felicia ........................................ 95, 96, 97, 98 BELL, Malia ......................................... 84, 85, 86, 87 BIR, Megan ...............................................94, 95, 96 BIZZELLE, Susan .................................. 87, 88, 89, 90 BOTTS, Wynne .................................... 80, 81, 82, 83 BOUDREAUX, Aftan ..................................08, 09, 10 BROUGHTON, Kimberly ...................... 00, 01, 02, 03 BROWN, Erin ........................................................10 BUCHER, Emily ................................................. 11 BUSH, Carol ........................................ 89, 90, 91, 92 CCC....................................................................... CALLEY, Britany .....................................................10 CANFIELD, Caroline ...............................................05 CARSON, Michelle .............................. 89, 90, 91, 92 CHAPUT, Colby ................................................09, 10 CHIARAVAILOTI, Cindi ...........................................86 CLARK, Margie .................................... 77, 78, 79, 80 COCCIA, Terri ...................................... 81, 82, 84, 85 COLWELL, Megan......................................85, 86, 87 CROEBER, Heidi ....................................................81 CROSS, Lauri ...................................................79, 80 DDD ..................................................................... DACUMOS, Erin-Leonore ......................................99 DANIELS, Sara .......................................................91 DARONE, Emily .....................................................07 DAVIS, Holland.................................... 08, 09, 10, 11 DAVIS, Peggy...................................................79, 80 DELCOUR, Kristi .................................. 98, 99, 00, 01 DENISE, Michelle ................................ 07, 08, 09, 10 DOLFINGER, Malia ................................................98 DONNELL, Catherine .......................... 05, 06, 07, 08 DOUGHERTY, Jennifer ...............................00, 01, 02 DUDLEY, Jenna ................................................09, 10 DUTTON, Brittany ............................... 08, 09, 10, 11 EEE ....................................................................... EHRMAN, Annette ................................................08 EVERETT, Joana .....................................................06 FFF ....................................................................... FABER, Shannon .......................................94, 95, 97 FAHRNI, Karolen ................................. 82, 83, 84, 85 FARIES, Cynthia .....................................................81 FAUSS, Laura..................................................... 11 FELDSTONE, Julia ..................................................78 FERRE, Linda Diane ...............................................87 FEYEREISEN, Melissa ............................................94 FOOTE, Tracy.............................................86, 87, 88 FRANK, Laura ...................................... 01, 02, 03, 04 FRANKE, Rosemary ...............................................78 FREEDMAN, Charlotte ....................................06, 07 FRICK, Stephanie ................................ 07, 08, 09, 10 GGG ..................................................................... GLOMB, Jennifer ................................. 98, 99, 00, 01 GODAR, Diane .................................... 02, 03, 04, 05 GOSS, Jenny Lark ............................................94, 95 GREEN, Ashley ..........................................08, 09, 10 GREEN, Kali ...........................................................07 GREMBA, Karen ....................................................81 GRIBUSKI, Kerrie ................................. 95, 96, 97, 98

HHH ..................................................................... HACKER, Wendy ...................................................88 HAMRICK, Courtney ........................... 99, 00, 01, 02 HANCE, Linnaea ................................................ 11 HANNER, Jessica ............................................... 11 HARRIS, Tara ...................................................10, 11 HAWTHORNE, Katie .......................................... 11 HOOTEN, Shelly .................................. 97, 98, 99, 00 HULTIN, Amy.............................................99, 00, 01 III.......................................................................... IWANIEC, Sashonna ............................ 04, 05, 06, 07 JJJ ......................................................................... JACKSON, Karen ..............................................89, 90 JACKSON, Kendra ............................................89, 90 JENKES, Beth...................................................81, 82 JOHNSON, Kristi ....................................................87 JONES, Samantha .................................. 09, 10, 11 KKK ...................................................................... KIEFER, Darice ......................................................00 KINCADE, Kayla .........................................07, 08, 09 KIRCHNER, Peggy ................................ 81, 82, 84, 85 KIYOTA, Nancy ......................................................82 KONIECZNY, Stephanie..........................................88 KOUNNAS, Stephanie ...........................................78 KOVACS, Janie .......................................................11 LLL ........................................................................ LADOUCER, Tina ...................................................91 LARSEN, Jennifer .............................................. 11 LARUE, Janet.........................................................87 LAMB, Tina .....................................................90, 91 LAND, Tanya..........................................................92 LEBLANC, Tammie...........................................98, 99 LETTIERI, Lauren ...................................................99 LEWIS, Kelly ..............................................05, 07, 08 LEWIS, Rebecca .................................. 01, 02, 03, 04 LIEGL, Jessa ......................................... 02, 03, 04, 05 LINBERG, Jennifer .................................................88 MMM ................................................................... MAGUIRE, Erin..........................................01, 02, 04 MAHAFFY, Dorothy ...................................78, 79, 80 MARCH, Sonya ......................................................83 McCANN, Meghan .............................. 93, 94, 95, 96 McCOWAN, Megan............................. 00, 01, 02, 03 McGLINN, Marci ................................. 82, 83, 84, 85 McGLINN, Shannon ........................................92, 93 McKAY, Heather ....................................................88 MENGEL, Jane .................................... 79, 80, 81, 82 MEYER, Cathy .................................................89, 90 MONGEON, Jacqueline ...................................89, 90 MOREHEAD, Lynn ...........................................89, 90 MOSLEY, Rebecca .....................................91, 92, 93 MUNKEBY, Jamie ............................................02, 03 MUNSON, Elizabeth........................................88, 89 NNN ..................................................................... NAGAHIRO, Lynn ............................................79, 80 NELSON, Ellen ...........................................81, 82, 83 NELSON, Lisa ..................................................83, 86 NEWTON, Linda .................................. 97, 98, 99, 00 NORTHGRAVES, Julie .......................... 85, 86, 87, 88 OOO ..................................................................... O’LOUGHLIN, Mary...............................................80 OELRICH, Regena ..................................................89 OWEN, Kelli ..............................................87, 88, 89

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PPP....................................................................... PAINTER, Candy ..............................................78, 80 PARRALES, Rosa ....................................................94 PASER, Christine ...................................................78 PASTORET, Karen...................................................86 PETEREK, Cilla .......................................................95 PINDAT, Christiane .............................. 89, 90, 91, 92 POMPILI, Michele .....................................78, 79, 80 POSELEY, Beth .......................................................87 POWERS, Christine ............................. 04, 05, 06, 07 PPP....................................................................... RAYL, Linda .....................................................85, 86 REINWALD, Linda ......................................79, 80, 81 RITCHEY, Tammy .......................................02, 03, 04 ROBINSON, Nancy ................................................79 ROBISON, Lauren ................................ 03, 04, 05, 06 ROGERS, Abbey ........................................07, 08, 09 ROJAS, Vicki ........................................ 84, 85, 86, 87 ROSBERY, Julie ................................................80, 81 ROXBURGH, Kelly................................ 96, 97, 98, 99 ROXBURGH, Michelle ......................... 95, 96, 97, 98 SSS ....................................................................... SABIN, Janice ..................................................83, 84 SCHEFFELIN, Julia .................................................79 SCHMANSKI, Mary Beth ...........................78, 79, 80 SCHMITT, Lauren ..................................................88 SEARCY, Tauni ...........................................88, 89, 90 SHEMAIN, Ashley............................................89, 90 SHETLEY, Katie ......................................................09 SHIREY, Andrea .....................................................82 SIElSKI, Jenna ........................................................01 SMITH, Susan........................................................89 STEFFAN, Heidi ...............................................85, 86 STEVENSON, Yvonne ............................................92 STEWART, Jeanine............................... 90, 91, 92, 93 STOTT, Bethany ................................... 99, 00, 01, 02 STRICKLAND, Shanna ......................................96, 97 TTT ....................................................................... TALLMADGE, Cynthia .......................... 82, 83, 84, 85 TALTY, Dawn ........................................ 91, 92, 93, 94 TODD, Allison ...................................... 00, 01, 02, 03 VVV ...................................................................... VALERO, Antoinette ............................ 92, 93, 94, 95 VENTRESCA, Marlena ......................... 87, 88, 89, 90 VERGIS, Lynn....................................... 79, 80, 81, 82 WWW .................................................................. WALLER, Carla ................................................87, 88 WARD, Jill..............................................................05 WARTNER, Shawna ............................. 96, 97, 98, 99 WATERMAN, Katrine.......................................97, 98 WEBER, Elizabeth ............................... 98, 99, 00, 01 WIELAND, Sue ................................................83, 86 WONG, Lenora......................................................78 WONG, Lisa ........................................ 08, 09, 10, 11 WRIGHT, Colette .............................................91, 94 ZZZ ....................................................................... ZIONIC, Ann ..............................................94, 95, 96 Returning gymnasts are in bold.


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The Academy Experience The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience designed to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. Each cadet graduates with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. COURSE OF STUDY Cadets are exposed to a balanced curriculum that provides the knowledge, skills and responsibilities essential to a career Air Force officer. The entire USAFA experience is integrated and mapped to achieve a set of desired outcomes in every graduate. The core academic curriculum includes courses in basic sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Cadets take additional elective courses to complete requirements for one of 32 major areas of study. About 50 percent of the cadets complete majors in science and engineering; the remainder graduate in the social sciences and humanities. Some of the most popular majors include management, aeronautical engineering, foreign area studies, history, behavioral science, civil engineering, astronautical engineering, electrical engineering and engineering mechanics. FACULTY COMPOSITION The majority of the Academy’s faculty members, more than 500 total, are Air Force officers. They are selected primarily from career-officer volunteers who have established outstanding records of performance and dedication. Each has at least a master’s degree and more than 55 percent have doctorates or other terminal degrees in their field of study. About 30 percent of the faculty are civilians who bring great depth of disciplinary and educational expertise and provide academic stability and continuity. Faculty members are intensely focused on cadet learning as an integral part of their officer development. The Air Force Academy has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the most accessible and involved faculty for four years in a row. To provide greater contributions by a diverse faculty, the Academy has several distinguished visiting professors and endowed professors who serve one or more years. Officers from other services, as well as officers from allied countries are also members of the faculty. Distinguished civilian and military lecturers also share their expertise with the cadets during the academic year.

Cadets are projected into as many leadership roles as possible to prepare them to be effective Air Force officers. Fundamental concepts of military organization -- drill, ethics, honor, Air Force heritage and physical training -- are emphasized the first summer during basic cadet training. Freshmen study the military role in United States society, as well as the mission and organization of the Air Force. Sophomores receive instruction in communication skills and juniors study combat and operational aspects of the Air Force. The Academy offers courses in flying, navigation, soaring and parachuting, building from basic skills to instructor duties. Some cadets may fly light aircraft with the Cadet Flying Team. Summer training for cadets is divided into three, threeweek training periods. There are a variety of programs available and each cadet is required to complete two training periods each summer with leave during the other period. All new cadets take six weeks of basic cadet training in their first summer. Combat survival training is a required three-week program during cadets’ second summer. For other second-summer training periods, cadets have options such as working with Airmen in an operational unit at an Air Force installation, airborne parachute training, soaring or basic free-fall parachute training. During their last two summers, all cadets are offered leadership training as supervisors or instructors in the summer programs listed above. Extracurricular activities also are an integral part of the education program. The cadet ski club, drum and bugle corps, cadet chorale and forensics are a few of the programs available to Academy cadets. NOMINATIONS Nominations to the Academy may be obtained through a congressional sponsor or by meeting eligibility criteria in other categories of competition established by law. For information on admission procedures, write to HQ USAFA/ RRS; 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 200; USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025. For more information, visit: www.usafa.edu

ATHLETIC PROGRAM The Academy’s athletic program is designed to improve physical fitness, teach athletic skills and develop leadership qualities. To achieve its goals, the Academy offers some of the most extensive physical education, intramural sports and intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation. Cadets take at least three different physical education courses each year. MILITARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING An air, space and cyberspace-oriented military education, training and leadership program begins with basic cadet training and continues throughout the four years. Seniors are responsible for the organizational leadership of the cadet wing, while juniors and sophomores seek to develop team and interpersonal leadership and instructional skills.

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History of the Academy In 1948, a board of leading civilian and military educators was appointed to plan the curriculum for an academy that would meet the needs of the newly established Air Force. The board determined that Air Force requirements could not be met by expanding the other service academies and recommended an Air Force Academy be established without delay. In 1949, then Secretary of the Air Force W. Stuart Symington appointed a commission to assist in selecting a site and on April 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized creation of the United States Air Force Academy. After considering 580 sites in 45 states, the commission narrowed the choice to three locations. During the summer of 1954, Secretary of the Air Force Harold Talbott selected a site near Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado contributed $1 million toward purchase of the property. In July 1955, the first Academy class entered interim facilities at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, while construction began. It was sufficiently completed for occupancy by the cadet wing in late August 1958. Initial construction cost was $142 million. Women entered the Academy on June 28, 1976, as members of the class of 1980.


Senior Leadership LT GEN MICHAEL C. GOULD | Superintendent | Fourth Year Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould is Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He directs a four-year academic, military training, athletic and character development program leading to a bachelor’s degree and commission as an Air Force officer. The general is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 1976. His career encompasses a wide range of assignments, ranging from head football coach of the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, to serving as Air Force aide to the President of the United States. He has held numerous command positions at the group, wing and numbered air force level, and was commander of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center during 9/11. Prior to his return to the Academy, he was Director of Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. General Gould is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in the T-38, T-41, KC-10, C-5, C-17, C-21, C-141 and KC-135R. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

VICE-SUPERINTENDENT Colonel Tamara Rank

COMMANDANT OF CADETS Brig General Richard Clark

DEAN OF FACULTY Brig General Dana Born

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COMMANDER, 10TH AIR BASE WING Col Thomas Gibson


Air Force Athletics

DR. HANS MUEH | Director of Athletics | Eighth Year Dr. Hans J. Mueh is in his eighth year as the director of athletics at the Air Force Academy. A retired Air Force brigadier general, Mueh was vice dean of faculty for two years prior to his retirement from active duty in the summer of 2004. Mueh was heavily involved in Academy athletics before becoming director of athletics. He was the Academy’s faculty athletics representative from 1996-2004 and was a long-time member of the board of directors for the Air Force Academy Athletics Association.

While at the Academy, Mueh was a two-year letterwinner in soccer as a goalie. He still holds the Academy record for saves in a game with 30, accomplishing it twice in 1965 against North Carolina and Benedictine. In his junior and senior years, Mueh helped the Falcons to the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League championship and quarterfinal berth in the NCAA tournament. He was a first-team all-league selection. Following graduation, Mueh completed two assignments in intelligence before attending the University of Wisconsin where he earned his master’s degree in chemistry in 1970. He later earned a doctorate degree in chemistry from Wisconsin in 1976 as a distinguished graduate. Mueh also completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. Between earning the degrees, Mueh returned to USAFA as an instructor in the department of chemistry from 1970-72. He also served as assistant soccer coach and played semi-pro soccer with the Aurora Internationals in Denver during those two years, leading the Internationals to the Colorado state title in 1971.

Since becoming the director of athletics, Mueh has led the Academy to some remarkable feats. In 2007, the Academy was one of only three schools (Michigan State and Boston College) to reach post-season play in football (2007), men’s basketball and ice hockey (2006-07). It marked the first time a service academy has ever had a team compete in the post-season in all three sports.

He volunteered for duty in Vietnam and served as an intelligence officer in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam and at Nakhon Phanom RTAB, Thailand, in 1972 and 1973.

In addition, under Mueh’s watch the men’s basketball team has played in an NCAA tournament and the National Invitational Tournament’s Final Four. The ice hockey team won three straight conference championships and made three straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. Mueh was on the selection committee that hired current head coach Frank Serratore and led the Academy’s move into the Athletic Hockey Association.

After earning his doctorate degree, Mueh returned to the Academy in 1976 as an associate professor of chemistry. He remained at the Academy except for a stint in 1985-86 as the special assistant for technical matters at the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon.

The football program, the Academy’s flagship sport, has gone through a major overhaul under Mueh. He led the transition from the retirement of the legendary Fisher DeBerry after 23 years at the helm to hiring current head coach Troy Calhoun, a 1989 Academy graduate. Calhoun’s impact was immediate, leading the Falcons to a 9-4 overall mark and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference in 2007. The Falcons qualified for their first bowl game in five years, playing in the Armed Forces Bowl in 2007. The program then posted back-to-back eight-win seasons and was 9-4 in 2010, while qualifying for bowl games every year. The school has averaged 9,000 bowl tickets sold during the four years.

In 1986, he assumed the position of acting head, department of chemistry, before being selected for his position of permanent professor and head of the department of chemistry in 1987. As faculty athletics representative, he was active in both the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference, and was the Academy’s representative on the transition team to form the new MWC, the only faculty athletics representative on the team. He competes in golf, racquetball, handball and tennis, and has promoted Air Force Academy intercollegiate sports throughout his tenure, beginning with work as chairman of the hockey eligibility committee, officer representative to the men’s golf team and five years as the officer representative to the football team.

Mueh has been just as successful behind the scenes with the administration of the department. Mueh restructured the department with an internal/external model that has streamlined resources and made the department more effective from top to bottom. In addition, he has the department on course to become a federally chartered non-profit organization which will lead to more fund-raising opportunities. Mueh was instrumental in the USAFA Endowment and the announcement of the Holaday Athletic Center, an indoor training facility. The $15 million facility was completed in 2011.

Mueh is married to the former Sally Flax of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have three children: Kristine, Kurt and Deborah

Mueh has also been active within the conference and the NCAA. He is a part of the NCAA Division I Amateurism Cabinet and has been active on the NCAA’s academics/eligibility compliance cabinet, the men’s golf committee and the Region 7 postgraduate scholarship committee. Mueh has been equally active within the conference on various leadership committees. He is currently on the awards and recognition committee and has previously served on the joint council executive committee, and committees on championships, television and sportsmanship. Before assuming his duties as vice dean at the Academy, Mueh was permanent professor and head of the department of chemistry at the Academy, a position he held since October 1987 where he oversaw the annual design and instruction of 25 undergraduate courses for 1,500 cadets annually. Mueh was born Jan. 8, 1944, in Celle, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1951. He entered the Air Force in 1962, as a member of the Academy’s eighth graduating class, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1966.

At halftime of the Utah football game on Oct. 30, 2010, Dr. Mueh congratulated the men’s gymnastics team for winning the program’s first-ever USAG National Championship title.

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Air Force Athletics ATHLETIC SENIOR STAFF

COL BILLY WALKER

JIM TREGO

Vice Director of Athletics

Senior Associate AD | External Affairs

WILLIAM CARPENTER

DERMOT COLL

Associate AD | Recruiting Support

Associate AD | Development, Government

Few schools in the country have an athletic program as extensive as the Air Force Academy’s. The goals of the athletic program are to enhance the physical conditioning of all cadets, to develop the physical skills necessary for officership, to teach leadership in a competitive environment and to build character. There are three subdivisions of the athletic program: intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and physical education.

JOHN COULAHAN

MARTI GASSER

Associate AD | Finance

Associate AD | Intercollegiate Programs | SWA

The intercollegiate program has 17 men’s and 10 women’s NCAA-sanctioned teams, facing some of the top competition in the nation. Men’s teams are football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, cross-country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. The Academy fields women’s teams in basketball, cross-country, fencing, gymnastics, rifle, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis and volleyball. In addition, the Academy sponsors two non-NCAA programs; boxing and cheerleading. The majority of the Academy’s men’s and women’s programs compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons compete in this conference against teams from Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV and Wyoming. All sports also compete against non-conference opponents, including many nationally-ranked teams.

TROY GARNHART

WAYNE KELLENBENCE

Associate AD | Information, Communications

Associate AD | Support

The football team competes annually for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which is emblematic of service academy football supremacy. The Falcons have won the trophy 17 times, which is more than any other academy. The winner of the annual rivalry visits the White House to have the trophy presented by the President of the United States. The USAFA Cadet Field House is one of the most impressive buildings in the country. It’s a modern, versatile structure with seemingly endless uses. The $5.6 million building is five stories high and 396 feet by 426 feet, the size of three football fields laid side by side. The structure is divided into three areas--basketball arena, ice hockey arena and multipurpose area. The three sections have a combined seating capacity of more than 9,000. Clune Arena seats 5,858. The Cadet Ice Rink has a seating capacity of 2,470, while the multipurpose area seats 1,000 fans for track and field competitions. The department’s newest facility, the Holaday Athletic Center, was completed in July 2011.

KAREN WARNER Associate AD | Human Resources

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Cadet West Gymnasium ... the Home of Air Force Gymnastics

The Air Force women’s and men’s gymnastics team train and compete in the Academy’s Cadet West Gymnasium. The main gym features the competion area, as well as spectator seating. In the fall of 2011, a second story was added to a pair of the main gym, providing a foam landing pit for tumbling routines. Beneath the new structure includes areas for strorage, stationary bikes and athletic training areas. The set-up can be configured for either a men’s or women’s meet, with a raised floor exercise area and proper “holding areas” for championship meets. The gym features a two-tiered scorers’ table that is wirelessly linked to the judges’ tables located throughout the venue. For daily practices and special dual meet performances, the floor surface can hold all equipment for both the men’s and women’s training. Air Force also has the added benefit of an auxiliary gym that features locker rooms for both the men’s and women’s teams and extra sets of equipment to help maximize the training space of the two gymnastics teams. The second floor of the auxiliary gym features a high bar apparatus and vaulting runway with foam landing pits. Overall, the Cadet Gymnasium is a five-level structure, containing 439,951 square feet of useable space. It houses three complete gyms, 12 squash courts, 21 handball/racquetball courts and nine basketball courts. There are two swimming pools, an indoor rifle range and four indoor tennis courts, along with separate facilities for gymnastics, cheerleading, wrestling, fencing, boxing, aerobic fitness, weight lifting, scuba, baseball, volleyball and judo. The gymnasium also contains an athletic training room, human performance laboratory, lockers for all cadets, and administrative offices of the physical education instructors and support staff. Outdoor facilities associated with the gym include 57 athletic fields (143 acres) for intercollegiate and intramural sports, two baseball diamonds and a 400meter all-weather track.

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Falcons in the Community

RACE FOR THE CURE

ADOPT-A-SCHOOL

For three years, the Falcons’ gymnastics program were some of the over 50,000 participants that took part in Denver’s annual race. The race began at Confluence Park and continued around Invesco Field at Mile High, before concluding near the Pepsi Center.

After each gymnast introduced themselves by name, class year, hometown and favorite event, the Falcons and students went through the pre-practice stretching that the gymnastics team does on a daily basis.

The members of the Air Force gymnastics program are used to competing against other gymnasts, but once a year, the Falcons come together to compete in a bigger challenge. Members of the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams took to the streets of downtown Denver to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The Air Force men’s and women’s gymnastics teams spent time with some students at Monroe Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a part of the athletic department’s adopt-a-school program. The after-school program allows the grade-school children to interact with members of each of the Academy’s sports teams throughout the school year.

Following a handstand contest between the men’s and women’s teams, the Falcons divided the students onto two mats and spent the remainder of the time teaching basic tumbling moves, including somersaults, handstands and cartwheels. The students received hands-on attention from the cadets, who assisted and supported the students through each new move.

Denver’s Race for the Cure is one in a series of races that take place every year around the world. The races help raise significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease.

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Coaches in the Sky

Lumi Garcy and Kyle Georges, assistant coaches for the women’s program, took their glider rides in early September. The pair, who are both entering their second seasons with the women’s program, went up with cadet instructors Carlos Berreteaga (with Garcy) and Chris Carte (with Georges).

The Air Force gymnastics coaches received a unique opportunity to take glider flights over the Academy grounds with cadet instructors from the 94th Flying Training Squadron. Head coaches Kip Simons (men’s gymnastics) and Doug Day (women’s gymnastics), as well as men’s assistant coach Jeff Robinson, took to the skies in late August 2011.

“It was a great memory and experience that will stay with me for my entire life,” commented Garcy, whose instructor pilot was a student that had been in one of the P.E. classes she taught. “I was extremely impressed with his level of ability and knowledge of flying. It made me proud to see a new generation of cadets/ pilots that are being developed here at the Academy. It made me proud to be a part of the excellent program here at the United States Air Force Academy.”

Three cadet instructor pilots guided the coaches through this adventure. Simons flew with junior Matt Cosmo, while Day went up with junior Conner Deebel and Robinson had senior Chad Hennig as his cadet pilot. The cadets conducted a basic pre-flight briefing with their respective coaches and took them to the hangar for a hands-on orientation, before heading out to the flight line.

“The glider flight was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had,” Georges said. “It was peaceful, yet in an instant it turned into an amazing rollercoaster ride. Seeing how much experience and confidence the cadet had in the air gave me a great sense of price in knowing the caliber of individuals that are being produced by this program here at the Academy. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to experience even just the short flight today. Knowing what I know now, I would have come to the Air Force Academy in an instant.”

Cosmo explained the pre-flight briefing that happens in the Midfield Building before every flight to get both crew members on the same page about what will happen and who will be doing what. “Our briefings with the coaches involved whether they were fit to fly, explanation of the ground procedures, explanation of anything they might have to do during the flight, the maneuvers we expect to accomplish, and where we’re going in the air.” Although the coaches’ briefings were more informal, as it wasn’t an actual training mission, the cadet instructors then took the coaches into the hangar. “We give them an overview of the controls and what they will head and experience in the flight, so nothing hopefully comes as a complete surprise in the air,” Deebel said.

Following these excursions above the skies of the Academy, Day said it best. “I truly have the best job in America!”

“We got them oriented with the front seat,” Cosmo added. “We showed them what everything did, what and what not to touch, and gave them a general tour of our fleet. On the line, it was all last minute discussion about the maneuvers and finally strapping them in, reminding them what they could do in the front, and accomplishing the sortie.” Once in the air, Deebel explained that every coach should have pulled around 4.5Gs and done some simple aerobatics, such as stalls and wing overs, during their flights, which last around 30 minutes. “They also get a pretty sweet view of the cadet area and mountains along the Front Range,” he added. “It was the ride of my life,” Day said. “I am so impressed with the amount of confidence and professionalism that out cadets acquire here at the Academy. I only wish that I was young enough to take advantage of all of the wonderful activities USAFA has to offer a cadet.”

A complete photo gallery is available at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com

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2012 AIR FORCE WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE Jan. 14

at Texas Woman’s University Denton, Texas

Jan. 22

at UC Davis Davis, Calif.

Jan. 28

at Denver, with Centenary Denver, Colo.

Feb. 3

at Seattle Pacific Seattle, Wash.

Feb. 12

at Alaska-Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska

Feb. 18

UC Davis USAF Academy, Colo.

Feb. 25

at Rutgers Piscataway, N.J.

Mar. 2

Seattle Pacific USAF Academy, Colo.

Mar. 5

Western Michigan, with Denver USAF Academy, Colo.

Mar. 10

at Eastern Michigan Ypsilanti, Mich.

Mar. 16

at Arizona, with Bridgeport, Utah St Tucson, Ariz.

Mar. 24

at MPSF Championships Davis, Calif.

Apr. 7

Apr. 12-14

at NCAA Regional Championships Salt Lake City, Utah at USAG Championships Bridgeport, Conn.

Home meets are listed in white


2012 Air Force Women's Gymnastics Media Guide