DAVIS, Calif. – Sophomore Anna Salamone captured her third vault title of the year this evening (March 1), as the Air Force women’s gymnastics team suffered a 196.350-194.050 loss to conference-leading UC Davis at the Pavilion on the UCD campus.
The Falcons’ 194.050 is the ninth-highest score of head coach Doug Day’s 12-year tenure and marks the third time in the last four meets that the Falcons have surpassed the 194-point plateau.
Salamone celebrated her birthday with a career-best performance on the vault, as she improved her overall score by nearly 0.100 points to tie for first on the event with a 9.850. The sophomore also shared the team lead on the uneven bars, as she and junior Analise Howard tied for third with matching scores of 9.825. Howard also collected a share of the team lead on the balance beam, as she and classmate Emily Luers tied for fifth with equal 9.800 marks – a career-best score for Luers.
Freshman Tyler Davis rounded out the Falcons’ list of top finishers, as she scored a 9.825 to tie for fourth on the floor exercise, while junior Mariana Murphy joined Salamone and Howard among the top half of the field on the uneven bars, as she posted a score of 9.775 to tie for fifth.
Air Force remains in California for the rest of the weekend, as it travels to San Jose for a quadrangular meet with 29th-ranked Central Michigan, Seattle Pacific and the host Spartans on Sunday, March 4.