The Air Force women’s gymnastics team returns to action this Saturday (Jan. 14), when it travels to Denver, Colo., for its first road contest of the season. The Falcons will face seventh-ranked Denver, Arizona State and Texas Woman’s University in a quadrangular meet at Hamilton Gymnasium on the University of Denver’s campus. Action is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. (MT).
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE MEET
Live stats will be available at DenverPioneers.com
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
Denver is currently ranked seventh in the nation after posting a 195.875 to win a dual meet at Minnesota last weekend. Individually, Maddie Karr is currently listed among the nation’s top 10 on the vault (fifth, 9.925), all-around (sixth, 39.500) and vault (seventh, 9.900). Arizona State is listed 44th in the national standings with a score of 191.800, while Texas Woman’s University is 51st with a score of 189.500. The Sun Devils are coming off of a loss to Iowa State last weekend, while TWU finished third in a triangular meet with Arizona and Utah State.
AIR FORCE IN THE RANKINGS
After one week of the season, Air Force is ranked 49th in the national standings following its 190.875 performance against Winona State. Conference rankings are not available yet, as Air Force was the only MPSF team to compete on the season’s opening weekend.
TRIO NABS WEEKLY CONFERENCE AWARDS
Casey Bell (Gymnast of the Week), Analise Howard (Specialist of the Week) and Anna Salamone (Freshman of the Week) were honored by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Jan. 10, after strong performances in their season-opening meet with Winona State. All three gymnasts, who received first MPSF honors of their careers, captured event titles in the meet. Bell won the floor exercise with a career-best score of 9.825, while Howard and Salamone won the uneven bars (9.750) and vault (9.775), respectively, in their collegiate debuts.
STARTING OFF STRONG
Air Force opened the 2017 campaign with a 190.875-184.750 victory over Winona State on Jan. 7 - a result that accounted for several impressive stats. The Falcons’ team tally marked the squad’s highest season-opening score since a 191.025 at Denver in 2013, while the victory marked the first time since 2014 that Air Force earned a win in the first overall meet of a new season and collected a “W” in its home opener.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
Air Force returns to the Academy on Saturday, Jan. 21, when it opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action against defending conference champion Sacramento State at 6:00 p.m.