USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – Freshman Tyler Davis registered a career-best score of 9.900 to win the floor exercise this evening (Feb. 17), as the Air Force women’s gymnastics team dropped a 194.950-193.300 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest to league-leader UC Davis at the Academy’s Cadet West Gym.
Davis, who had missed the last two meets with injury, returned to the lineup on Saturday night and registered Air Force’s first 9.900 of the season on any event. The freshman, who tied for the overall lead on the floor exercise, was one of two first-place finishers for Air Force, as classmate Jessica Kirkpatrick scored a career-best 9.825 to tie for first on the uneven bars.
Air Force registered a season-high team score of 48.975 on the floor exercise. Davis paced the Falcons to three finishes within the top-half of the field, as senior Casey Bell matched her season high of 9.825 to finish fifth and freshman Brooke Bruder placed sixth with a career-best tally of 9.775.
Backed by Kirkpatrick’s title-tying score of 9.825, Air Force collected a share of the top three scores on the uneven bars, as sophomore Anna Salamone finished third with a score of 9.775 and junior Analise Howard tied for fourth after collecting a score of 9.725.
Salamone was the team’s top finisher on the vault (second, 9.750), while junior Emily Luers posted a score of 9.775 to finish third on the balance beam and round out Air Force’s event leaders. Tying for fifth with a score of 9.675, senior Jamie Lewis joined Salamone among the top-half of the vault field, while junior Mariana Murphy and freshman Lynne Jad recorded matching scores of 9.625 to tie for sixth on the beam.
The Falcons close out its three-week homestand next Saturday (Feb. 24), when they host New Hampshire and Temple at 6:00 p.m. (MT). During its final home meet of the regular season, Air Force will recognize its three seniors –Bell, Lewis and Chelsea Grimison.