The Air Force women’s gymnastics team closes out its three-week homestand this Saturday (Feb. 24), when it hosts non-conference foes from New Hampshire and Temple in a triangular meet at 6:00 p.m. (MT). Admission is free to all of the Falcons’ regular-season gymnastics meets.
The contest will be streamed live on GoAirForceFalcons.com.
OPPONENT QUICK HITS
New Hampshire is ranked 35th in the nation with a 194.939 average, while Temple is listed 48th with an average of 193.893. The Wildcats are coming off of a 195.650-195.025 home victory over Bowling Green last week, while the Owls scored a 194.625 to win a home quadrangular over West Chester, Bridgeport and Ursinus College. As a team, New Hampshire is listed among the nation’s top 20 on the balance beam with a 48.879 average (20th).
AIR FORCE IN THE RANKINGS
The Falcons are currently ranked 54th in the NCAA – and fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation – with an average of 193.092. Air Force currently leads the conference on the uneven bars (48.492) and is ranked among the top half of the league on the floor exercise (third, 48.467). Anna Salamone and Tyler Davis are ranked among the top five on the uneven bars (third, 9.792) and floor exercise (fifth, 9.800), respectively, while six other Falcons are ranked among the top 10 (11 total occurrences).
DAVIS COLLECTS A PAIR OF WEEKLY AWARDS
After scoring a career-best 9.900 to win the floor exercise against UC Davis, Tyler Davis was named the MPSF Freshman of the Week and the Air Force Cadet-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 20. Davis, who also earned the league’s top freshman award following the season opener, became the second Air Force gymnast to garner multiple awards from the MPSF this season.
THE MORE YOU KNOW...
The 9.900 that Tyler Davis recorded on the floor exercise during the Falcons’ Feb. 17 meet is tied for the third-highest floor score in Academy history. It is also the first score of 9.900 or higher on that event in more than 13 years – and just the second 9.900 or higher score on any event since the end of the 2004 season. Davis, who improved her score by 0.050 during the meet, paced Air Force to a season-best team score of 48.975 on the floor exercise.
ADD ‘EM UP!
Air Force has captured eight weekly awards from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation during the first seven weeks of the season. The Falcons list of honorees includes Tyler Davis (Jan. 9 Freshman of the Week, Feb. 20 Freshman), Jessica Kirkpatrick (Jan. 9 Specialist of the Week), Mariana Murphy (Jan. 9 Gymnast of the Week), Anna Salamone (Jan. 16 Specialist, Jan. 30 Specialist), Emily Luers (Feb. 6 Specialist) and Analise Howard (Feb. 13 Specialist).
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE FALCONS
The Falcons head back out on the road next Friday (March 2), when they travel to California for a rematch with UC Davis.