DENTON, Texas -- The Air Force women's gymnastics team registered a score of 195.675 -- a total that matched the highest team score in Academy history -- this evening (April 14), as it placed third in the team finals of the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals, which were held at Kitty Magee Arena in Denton, Texas.
Air Force, which shattered the previous high score of Doug Day's coaching tenure at the Academy by 0.375 points, equaled the program standard that had stood since 2004. A season-high floor exercise score of 49.000 in the final rotation secured the Academy-record mark for the 2018 squad.
The team total wasn't the only Academy record to be equaled this evening, as sophomore Anna Salamone registered a career-best score of 9.925 on the uneven bars to match the program's 15-year-old standard on that event. With that score, Salamone recorded a mark of 9.9-or-higher on the uneven bars for the third time this season and finished first in the full 24-gymnast field.
Juniors Analise Howard and Emily Luers led the Falcons on the balance beam, while freshman Tyler Davis, who combined for a career-high 39.125 in the all-around, posted the team's top finishes on the floor exercise and vault. Howard and Luers tied for third on the beam with matching scores of 9.825, while Davis equaled her personal-best of 9.900 -- the third-highest score in program history -- to tie for second on the floor and added a career-best 9.825 to place fifth on the vault.
In addition to her win on the uneven bars, Salamone tied for sixth on the vault (9.800). Howard added a fourth-place finish on the uneven bars (9.825), while freshman Jessica Kirkpatrick finished 11th (9.750) and Davis tied for 12th (9.725) on that event. Freshman Cam Barber and junior Mariana Murphy tied for seventh (9.800) and 10th (9.775), respectively, on the balance beam and the trio of senior Casey Bell, classmate Jamie Lewis and junior Brittney Reed tied for 11th on the floor exercise with matching marks of 9.800 (season-best for Lewis, career-best for Reed).
Texas Woman's University, the host of this year's USAG Collegiate Nationals, won its 11th team title with a 196.525, while Lindenwood (195.800), Air Force (195.675) and Cornell (193.650) rounded out the team standings. The Falcons' third-place finish in the team finals is the program's highest placement since 2011.
Based on their finishes during yesterday's qualifying round, select Falcons return to Kitty Magee Arena tomorrow (April 15) at 1:00 p.m. (CT) for the individual event finals of the 2018 USAG Collegiate Nationals.