USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force women’s gymnastics team made a commanding return to the Academy this evening (Feb. 10), as it captured all 12 podium spots and a season-high score of 194.275 to defeat Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent Seattle Pacific (189.250) at Cadet West Gym.
The Falcons’ 194.275 is the sixth-highest team score of Doug Day’s 12-year coaching tenure at Air Force.
Highlighting the night was a 49.000 on the uneven bars – the second-highest event total in Academy history. Junior Mariana Murphy and sophomore Anna Salamone registered matching scores of 9.850 (career-best for Murphy) to win the uneven bars and lead the Falcons to the top five finishes on that event. Junior Brittney Reed and freshman Jessica Kirkpatrick tied for third with career-best scores of 9.775, while junior Analise Howard matched her season-high of 9.750 to tie for fifth.
Salamone also earned a first-place finish on the vault, as she and freshman Lauren Miller shared the top of the podium with matching scores of 9.700 and paced the Falcons to five of the six-highest scores on that event. Senior Jamie Lewis placed third with a 9.675, while freshmen Heidi Sand and Chloe Camello tied for fifth with marks of 9.575 (career-best for Sand).
Howard and senior Casey Bell completed the list of event winners for Air Force on Saturday, as they led the Falcons to four of the top-five scores on the balance beam and floor exercise, respectively. Howard scored a personal-best 9.875 to win the beam and help Air Force to a season-high total of 48.900, while Bell garnered a season-high of 9.800 to win the floor exercise. Freshman Lynne Jad and Cam Barber tied for second on the beam with matching scores of 9.800 (career bests for both), while classmate Brooke Bruder earned the same placement on the floor exercise (personal-best 9.750). Lewis scored a 9.725 to finish third on the floor, while Murphy posted a 9.750 on the balance beam and a 9.600 on the floor exercise to finish fifth on both events.
Air Force, which is in the midst of a three-week homestand, return to action next Saturday (Feb. 17), when it hosts current MPSF-leader UC Davis at 6:00 p.m., inside Cadet West Gym.