USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force women’s gymnastics team posted a season-high 194.475 – the fifth-highest total of head coach Doug Day’s 12-year tenure at the Academy – to close out a three-week homestand at the Academy on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Falcons split their final home meet of the regular season, as it dropped a narrow decision to No. 35 New Hampshire (194.225) and defeated Temple by more than one point (193.375).
The Falcons continued to shine on the balance beam and floor exercise, producing season-high team totals on both. Junior Analise Howard scored a 9.850 to pace the Falcons to five of the top-eight finishes on the beam, as Air Force improved its team score to 48.950. Freshman Tyler Davis tallied a personal-best 9.800 to place fourth in the 18-gymnast event, while junior Emily Luers and freshman Cam Barber tied for fifth with matching marks of 9.775. Junior Mariana Murphy rounded out the Falcons’ scoring finishers on the balance beam, as she registered a 9.750 to tie for eighth.
Davis nabbed her second floor exercise title in as many meets, as she scored a 9.850 to win the event. Casey Bell, who was honored during the squad’s Senior Night Celebration, tied for second with a season-best 9.825, while Murphy tied for seventh (career-best 9.775) and freshman Brooke Bruder tied for ninth (9.750). As a team, the Falcons improved their overall score to 48.925.
Howard also accounted for a team-leading finish on the uneven bars, as she scored a personal-best 9.850 to finish second. Sophomore Anna Salamone took third on the event (9.825), while junior Brittney Reed also placed within the top half of the field after scoring a 9.725 to finish ninth. Freshman Lauren Miller rounded out the Falcons’ list of event leaders, as she matched her career-high of 9.775 to tie for third. Salamone and senior Jamie Lewis also placed within the top-half of the field on the vault, as the pair tied for seventh with matching scores of 9.700.
The Falcons return to action next weekend, when they travel to California for a rematch with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leader UC Davis on Friday, March 2.